Sending E-Mail in Java Networking

In the past, it was simple to write a program that sends e-mail by making a socket connection to port 25, the SMTP port, of a mail server. The Simple Mail Transport Protocol (SMTP) describes the format for e-mail messages. Once you are connected to the server, send a mail header (in the SMTP format, which is easy to generate), followed by the mail message.

Here are the details:

  1. Open a socket to your host.

var s = new Socket(“”, 25); // 25 is SMTP

var out = new PrintWriter(s.getOutputStream(), StandardCharsets.UTF_8);

  1. Send the following information to the print stream:

HELO sending host

MAIL FROM: sender e-mail address

RCPT TO: recipient e-mail address


Subject: subject (blank line)

mail message (any number of lines)



The SMTP specification (RFC 821) states that lines must be terminated with \r followed by \n.

It used to be that SMTP servers were often willing to route e-mail from any­one. However, in these days of spam floods, most servers have built-in checks and only accept requests from users or IP address ranges that they trust. Authentication usually happens over secure socket connections.

Implementing these authentication schemes manually would be very tedious. Instead, we will show you how to use the JavaMail API to send e-mail from a Java program.

Download JavaMail from and unzip it somewhere on your hard disk.

To use JavaMail, you need to set up some properties that depend on your mail server. For example, with GMail, you use



Our sample program reads these from a property file.

For security reasons, we don’t put the password into the property file but instead prompt for it.

Read in the property file, then get a mail session like this:

Session maitSession = Session.getDefauttlnstance(props);

Make a message with the desired sender, recipient, subject, and message text:

var message = new MimeMessage(maitSession);

message.setFrom(new InternetAddress(from));

message.addRecipient(RecipientType.TO, new InternetAddress(to));



Then send it off:

Transport tr = mai1Session.getTransport();

tr.connect(nutt, password);

tr.sendMessage(message, message.getAURecipients());


The program in Listing 4.9 reads the message from a text file of the format




Message text (any number of lines)

To run the program, download the JavaMail implementation from https://javaee You also need the JAR file for the Java Activation Frame­work—get it from or search on Maven Central. Then run

java -classpath .:javax.mail.jar:activation-1.1.1.jar path/to/message.txt

At the time of this writing, GMail does not check the veracity of the informa- tion—you can supply any sender you like. (Keep this in mind the next time you get an e-mail message from inviting you to a black-tie affair on the front lawn.)

Source: Horstmann Cay S. (2019), Core Java. Volume II – Advanced Features, Pearson; 11th edition.

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