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Sending an email from Powershell using send-mailmessage and Gmail

mrpowerscripts profile image MrPowerScripts Originally published at mrpowerscripts.com on ・2 min read

I made this video about sending an email from Powershell about five years ago. I didn’t think much of it at the time, but I used my actual email address in the example of the video. This resulted in people copy/pasting the example including my email and sending me all of their test emails. I’ve really loved it!

The script below will show how to use send-mailmessage with Gmail to send emails from Powershell.

You never think that something as simple as sending an email from Powershell could be interesting to so many people. I didn’t think so at the time. Since that video has existed I’ve received “test” emails from people all over the world working at lots of different companies. Big and small. Governments and non-profits. It’s hard to imagine how sharing something so simple can impact so many people. If you want to bug me as well here’s the code itself:

$MyEmail = "PlayingWithPowershell@gmail.com"
$SMTP= "smtp.gmail.com"
$To = "PlayingWithPowershell@gmail.com"
$Subject = "BRO!"
$Body = "WHAT UP MR.POWERSCRIPTS?"
$Creds = (Get-Credential -Credential "$MyEmail")

Start-Sleep 2

Send-MailMessage -To $to -From $MyEmail -Subject $Subject -Body $Body -SmtpServer $SMTP -Credential $Creds -UseSsl -Port 587 -DeliveryNotificationOption never

<#
$PSEmailServer variable can be used to pre-configure the
SMTP server in your Powershell Profile. Then you don't need
to specify -smtpserver paramter. Send-MailMessage will use the
SMTP sever address assigned to $PSEmailServer
Delivery Notification Options:
-- None: No notification.
-- OnSuccess: Notify if the delivery is successful.
-- OnFailure: Notify if the delivery is unsuccessful.
-- Delay: Notify if the delivery is delayed.
-- Never: Never notify.
#>

Make sure that you go to https://myaccount.google.com/security and scroll all the way to the bottom to toggle on “Allow less secure apps” if you want to try this with your Gmail account like in the video example. You can toggle it back off once you’ve finished screwing around.

I’ll usually reply when I have time. With something like “Congratulations! It Worked!”. 99% of the time I never hear a reply back. But once in a while, I’ll get further requests for support. Which I don’t reply to 99% of the time. Y’all know how to use Google like I do.

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