I'm trying to send some HTML table using Mathematica SendMail function. To do it I wrote this function:

createHTMLTable[list_List] /; Length[Dimensions@list] == 2 := 
 Module[{r, head, data}, head = First@list;
  data = Rest@list;
  head = Map["   <th>" <> ToString[#] <> "</th>\n" &, {head}, {2}];
  data = Map["   <td>" <> ToString[#] <> "</td>\n" &, data, {2}];
  headData = Join[{head}, data];
  r = "<tr>\n" <> StringJoin[##] <> "</tr>\n" & /@ headData // StringJoin;
  r = "<!DOCTYPE html>
                <table border=\"1\">
                    " <> r <> "

When I send the mail, as in this example:

list = RandomInteger[100000, {10, 3}]

SendMail["From" -> "[email protected]", "To" -> "[email protected]", 
 "Subject" -> "Sending Email from Mathematica", "Body" -> createHTMLTable[list], 
 "Server" -> "XXXXX"]

there is no table in the mail, but only the HTML text. Anyone knows how to correct this? Is there another way to do it?

  • $\begingroup$ Can you check saving createHTMLTable[list] to a file and then opening it with a browser ? $\endgroup$ Nov 6, 2012 at 8:09
  • $\begingroup$ No.. I need it in the mail body. Today I use TableForm but Mathematica converts it into a image in the body. $\endgroup$
    – Murta
    Nov 6, 2012 at 10:47
  • $\begingroup$ I meant to check if your function produces a correct HTML file; maybe the mistake is there rather than in SendMail. $\endgroup$ Nov 6, 2012 at 10:58
  • $\begingroup$ Ahh.. now I get. Yes, it works ok. $\endgroup$
    – Murta
    Nov 6, 2012 at 11:18
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    $\begingroup$ Could you change the Wolfram email addresses into something more innocent? We don't want to spam WRI with our test mails, do we? Also: isn't there a // StringJoin too much in your code? $\endgroup$ Nov 6, 2012 at 13:33

1 Answer 1


Using JLink and Apache Commons Email and Java Mail it is not that hard to get MIME controlling working. I just modified some code I wrote some time ago (mostly for being able to send Email from within webMathematica) and added the ability to send HTML emails. It is a whole package with the jar files in subfolder and a Notebook with an example, so I hope it is o.k. if I point interested users to my Mercurial repository here (zip download enabled):


An HTML example is in SendMail.nb

Let me know if it works for you.


  • $\begingroup$ Excelent! I'll try it. Just a small correction. In your SendMail.nb, you have one " after To in your example `SendMail code. And a comma is missing. $\endgroup$
    – Murta
    Nov 9, 2012 at 10:40
  • $\begingroup$ Glad it works. The type is fixed. I uploaded a new revision. That just happened when I uncommented my password ... $\endgroup$ Nov 9, 2012 at 11:29
  • $\begingroup$ Unfortunately not.. I tried in Windows and Mac. I get this msg: Java::excptn: "A Java exception occurred: "org.apache.commons.mail.EmailException: Sending the email to the following server failed : smtp.gmail.com:25\\ n \\ tat org.apache.commons.mail.Email.sendMimeMessage(Email.java:1242)\\ n \\ tat org.apache.commons.mail.Email.send(Email.java:1267)\\ nCaused by: com.sun.mail.smtp.SMTPSendFailedException: 530 5.7.0 Must issue a STARTTLS command first. u21sm12128247yhl.6" $\endgroup$
    – Murta
    Nov 9, 2012 at 19:03
  • $\begingroup$ Did you use "PortNumber" -> 465 ? $\endgroup$ Nov 9, 2012 at 19:40
  • $\begingroup$ No I have used my original google server port. Yes!.. now it works! Tks a lot! You have my point. $\endgroup$
    – Murta
    Nov 10, 2012 at 2:49

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