Support » Plugin: FormBuilder » [Plugin: FormBuilder] Localhost on MAC—How on earth is it successfully sending emails?

  • My wife has set up MAMP on our mac, and is developing a website locally.

    She recently installed FORMBUILDER, and is having trouble receiving emails on the domain she has set up. I have a hunch this is because we dont have EMAIL set up correctly on the LOCALHOST, and the formbuilder has no idea how to send an email properly. The “From” addresses are not valid, and I think our domain server just rejects them. I have a hunch that GMAIL and YAHOO are okay with them, and thats why we receive them on those accounts.

    My question is……HOW ON EARTH can formbuilder successfully send emails when it has no knowledge of any email server? In other words, what server is used to send the actual email?

    As you can see in the email header I received below—its somehow using my LOCAL IMAC setting to send the email. (Which make NO SENSE) I dont have any SMTP services set up!!! I am MYSTIFIED how an actual email gets sent out successfully.

    Thanks for any insight on what may be going on.


    From Thu May 24 14:48:06 2012
    X-Apparently-To: via xx.xx.xx.xx; Thu, 24 May 2012 14:48:08 -0700
    Return-Path: <xxxxxx@dads-imac.local>
    Received-SPF: none (domain of dads-imac.local does not designate permitted sender hosts)
    Authentication-Results:; domainkeys=neutral (no sig);; dkim=neutral (no sig)
    Received: from (EHLO Dads-iMAC.local) (xx.xx.xx.xx)
    by with SMTP; Thu, 24 May 2012 14:48:08 -0700
    Received: by Dads-iMAC.local (Postfix, from userid 502)
    id 18B267AABD2; Thu, 24 May 2012 17:48:06 -0400 (EDT)
    Subject: Contact Form
    Content-Type: text/plain; charset=”UTF-8″
    Message-Id: <20120524214807.18B267AABD2@Dads-iMAC.local>
    Date: Thu, 24 May 2012 17:48:06 -0400 (EDT)
    Content-Length: 192

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  • Plugin Author TruthMedia


    Hi geraldvahe,

    FormBuilder actually just uses the built-in PHP email sending controls the same as WordPress does. If you’re setting up a local MAMP server you’ll need to make sure PHP is configured to send mail correctly with the proper mail related settings.


    XAMPP for Mac has an email server called mercury. MAMP does not have any mail server, so emails do not work

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