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12.11 Send an Email


You want to send an email.


Use the Send-MailMessage cmdlet to send an email.

PS > Send-MailMessage -To [email protected] `
    -From [email protected] `
    -Subject "Hello!" `
    -Body "Hello, from another satisfied Cookbook reader!" `
    -SmtpServer mail.example.com


The Send-MailMessage cmdlet supports everything you would expect an email-centric cmdlet to support: attachments, plain-text messages, HTML messages, priority, receipt requests, and more. The most difficult aspect usually is remembering the correct SMTP server to use.

The Send-MailMessage cmdlet helps solve this problem as well. If you don’t specify the -SmtpServer parameter, it uses the server specified in the $PSEmailServer variable, if any.

For most of its functionality, the Send-MailMessage cmdlet leverages the System.Net.Mail.MailMessage class from the .NET Framework. If you need functionality not exposed by the Send-MailMessage cmdlet, working with that class directly may be an option.