Mutt, Mail & Telnet – Send mails from linux command line or terminal
Mutt is a small but powerful text-based e-mail client for Unix like operating systems. With mutt command one can send and read emails. Mutt supports both maildir & mbox mail formats. Mutt is compatible with POP & IMAP protocols.
# mutt -s "Subject of the Mail" email@example.com < /dev/null
Example:1 Send a test mail where the mail body is blank
# mutt -s "Test Mail" firstname.lastname@example.org < /dev/null
Above Command will send a mail with subject “ Test Mail” to email@example.com
Example:2 Send Mail with attachments
# mutt -s "Subject of the Mail" -a /tmp/<file-to-be-attached> firstname.lastname@example.org < /tmp/<mail body contents file>
# mutt -s "test mail plz ignore" -a /tmp/backup.tgz email@example.com </tmp/body.txt
NOTE: When we send mail from the console , mail sender name will be root(in case if we are logged in with root user) if we want to change the sender name and email , then Create a file in user's home directory.
cat .muttrc set from = "firstname.lastname@example.org" set realname = "MAIL ADMIN"
Mail is an e-mail client , which is used to send and receive mails.
# mail -s <subject> -c <cc-addr> -b <bcc-addr> to-addr... </mailbody.txt
# mail -s "test mail plgz ignore" email@example.com </tmp/body.txt
Above Command will send mail with subject “test mail plz ignore” and body of mail will be the contents of /tmp/body.txt file.
The telnet command is used to communicate with another host using the TELNET protocol. Telnet can be used to send mails , as show below :
mail from : specify the e-mail id from where the mail will be send.
rcpt to : specify the recipient email-id
data : it is the command after which we can specify the subject of the mail
Subject : subject of the mail
quit : is the command to exit