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I'm developing a site locally using MAMP + VirtualHostX on Mavericks. I'm at the point in the project where I want to create some user accounts for clients, but I can't seem to get my mail set up properly so Craft can send emails from my local environment.

Has anyone done this same thing? Any advice for getting Craft emails working on a similar local dev environment?


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Hmm.. there was a user with similar problems some days ago. – carlcs Aug 19 '14 at 21:11
I had the same issue I was unable to resolve. Craft will send emails (same MAMP setup) on one computer but not the other. – Adam McCombs Aug 19 '14 at 21:12
@AdamMcCombs The Mandrill suggestion below from Stephen Lewis worked like a charm for me. You just have to change the email protocol setting in Craft to use SMTP and use the settings Mandrill provides once your account is set up. – Adam Snetman Aug 20 '14 at 0:47
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These days I just use Mandrill.

It's simple to set up, free unless you're sending tens of thousands of emails, and you can continue to use it on any development (or production) machine without any configuration changes.

Just set the Mandrill SMTP settings in the Craft admin area, and you're done.

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Thanks much Stephen. I've never used or heard of Mandrill before, but got it up and working in about 2 minutes. Great recommendation! – Adam Snetman Aug 19 '14 at 21:44
Glad I could help, Adam. – Stephen Lewis Aug 19 '14 at 21:46
is it possible to add those details to config rather than setting them in admin? – Steven Grant Dec 13 '14 at 9:32
@StevenGrant Doesn't look like it from the docs. There's nothing in the code to suggest you can, either. – Stephen Lewis Feb 2 '15 at 17:12
What does the "From" field look like in the mail client? Can you customize this stuff to get something like From: Company Name <> ? – JCharette Jun 19 '15 at 14:09

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