From an HTML Form to an Email Inbox

Getting the HTML form data in the email inbox will be a very convenient way to collect user responses very quickly. Except, when you have hundreds of responses per day! Here are the methods you have to get the HTML form data in your email inbox.

One quick and simple method is to use the ‘’ in the ‘action’ field of the form. This method is very simple; but has many drawbacks.
See the article: Can JavaScript Email a Form?

Note: Using Simfatic Forms Form Builder you can create web forms and get the form submissions by email. Simfatic Forms generates all the code. See: how to make web forms quickly.

Using a Formmail Script

A formmail script is a server side script that gathers the data submitted in the form and mails it to a given email address.

There are many formmail scripts available.(See the page Form mail script selection guide for details)

The following section describes how to use a form mail script
Suppose the URL to the formmail script provided to you is http//someserver/cgi-bin/

give this URL in the action attribute of your form tag

<form action="http://someserver/cgi-bin/" method="post">
.....your input elements.....

Now you can give whatever input elements you want within the form tags.

There are some information that you should provide to the CGI program (like the email address to which the form-data should be sent)
provide these data as hidden fields in the form
(using )

Insert the Submit button.

Over! you are ready with your form.

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  • abebayehu bekele

    I need to create an inbox for my incoming messages….is there any means to create an inbox please show me the way how can i create….inbox ps..

  • Jan Michael D Magan

    can i make a link that sends an email with pure html only????

  • Jan Michael D Magan

    can i make a link that sends an email with pure html onlt

  • Aneeq

    To send HTML mail in PHP, you need to use some additional headers. Below is the code to send HTML mail in PHP.

    $to = ““;
    $subject= “Subject of email”;
    $message= “This is HTML mail.”;
    $fromName = “Name of the sender”;
    $fromEmail = ““;

    // To send HTML mail, the Content-type header must be set
    $headers = “MIME-Version: 1.0? . “\r\n”;
    $headers .= “Content-type: text/html; charset=iso-8859-1? . “\r\n”;

    // Additional headers
    $headers .=”From: $fromName ”.”\r\n”;

    //Mail function
    mail($to, $subject, $message, $headers);




  • kerie

    Hi, I would like some help please.

    Is it possible to create an online form with a “mailto” button to send a copy of the form to the person completing it?

    For instance, if the form had the following fields:
    Name, Address, Email address

    I would want the “submit” button to mail an email of my choice AND the email field in the form.


  • rudra

    how can i make a form recieving .pl file

  • komputer Bogor

    How can I get data from received email?

  • preeti

    I need that php code (Or php page) as i don’t know php code.
    i have only HTML web page. and i have use an image and text instead of submit button.

    Can anybody provide me a php page???

    help me……….pls

    • Yogesh Jain

      $Data .= $key.”:=”.$val.”\n\n”;
      print “”.$Data.””;
      //mail(ToList, Subject, EmailBodyContents, Optional Headers)
      mail(“,“, “Registration Form Submission Details”, $Data, “From:“);

  • rakesh

    Tell me how an i make a comment box page quick load comment like facebook

  • me

    Good job

  • Shane

    is there anyway to hide you e-mail address when you put a mailto form on your website so people could e-mail me but not see my e-mail address, not just making it say “email me” but when they actually open their e-mail to send it? I read your article about the PHP script but I don’t think you are allowed to use PHP scripts in blogger or maybe I’m doing something wrong, is there any free hosting sites that would allow PHP scripts?

    • devan


  • Chandra Shekar

    I want the form details to be sent to my mail address. I don’t want outlook express to open when user submits the details. And, I don’t want Simfatic form either.

    For instance, take this current phtml or html page as it contains the comment form. When the submit button is clicked on this page, the data/details of the form goes to the “wp-comments-post.php” page. Assist me here!
    1. Why the form data goes to another php page rather than mail address?
    2. If you say php page is required, then, what code should I write in php, so that, the form details reaches my mailbox?
    Please help me..!

  • http://MozillaFirefox Donald R. Adams MD

    I don,t want email.  Just mail(postal) me the info I requested: namely the info. on different trips and the application forms.
    Thank you,
    Donald R. Adams MD

  • Robbie

    Is it possible to embed the the “mailto” action in blogger. For some reason I can’t get it to work.

  • Mahmoud

    If you please, I need a java code or html, to make like this form not mailto.
    plz, I need like this layout for your website if you plz