I have yet to find a post where someone shows a step-by-step guide to getting the sendmail to work. I have tried using many different smtp outgoing email sites...but they all seem to use SSL or something because they all fail to connect. If anyone out there has been able to get the email to work please let me know how you did it :-)
I'm sure I'm not the only one out there with this headache of a question ;-)
I tried to solve this too, some time before, but not successfull. Then I switched to gSendMail from here: http://www.metatrader.info/node/108
I do not know if it helps to you, because I use it on VPS with local mailserver and profile installed.
I use it to send me an alerts and screenshots, when some defined events occur.
I use SendMail() extensively in EAs.
The key point is that SendMail() in MT4 does support authenticated connection to SMTP servers, but not SSL.
There are really only a couple of steps:
1. Configure the Email tab (Tools|Options|Email) in the MT4 platform with the SMTP server connection settings (as you would in any eMail client such as Outlook)
- if you need to change the server port number, just use the format <ipaddress>:<port>
- ensure the "Enable" checkbox is ticked
- ensure that the "From" address is appropriate to your authenticated identity, if your SMTP provider requires this
- click the "Test" button, check any error codes in the Journal
- if the Journal tells you the email has been sent, check whatever account you've sent it to
2. Implement the SendMail(string subject, string body) function in your EA
- I extensively use the StringConcatenate() function call within EA functions in order to gradually build "sMessageBody" within various conditional statements before finally issuing the SendMail() function call
Let me know how you get on.
As a slight caveat - which CB and I have discussed before in https://forum.mql4.com/21008 - I don't believe that MT4 is doing a 100%-perfect implementation of SMTP authentication. Some non-SSL server details which work in other software (e.g. the System.Net.Mail class in .NET) do not work with MT4. In more concrete, practical terms, I've got Yahoo premium accounts to work with MT4, but not standard Yahoo accounts - despite the fact that Yahoo does support non-SSL connections over port 587.
I've tried to get this to work with my gmail account...and never works. I've also tried Yahoo...and the same thing. What email do you use? Is it free?
I don't use a free SMTP service.
I have heard of folk getting Yahoo! to work by pointing MT4 at port 587 on the Yahoo! smtp server.
So what paid service do you use?
I know people successfully using Yahoo Mail Plus accounts. If memory serves me correctly, CB uses a BT Yahoo account, which is probably the same thing.
It's also possible to do the following as a free alternative to using a paid-for service:
Works pretty well, partly because IIS's mail queue is more robust than MT4's mail queue if any outbound-connection problems occur. (But if you need to ask how to do any of the above steps, this probably isn't the right solution for you.)
Well this sucks...just paid the $19.99 and it still doesn't work :-(
Login: my username
PAss: my pass
From. my new yahoo email
TO: my destination email
Did I miss something?
A quick dip into one of the production servers says that I've got associates successfully using "plus.smtp.mail.yahoo.com" for the server (i.e. port 25) and "<username>@yahoo.com" as both the username and from-address. May require some sort of switch to be turned on within Yahoo Mail...