[R] Sending Email from R

Lopez, Dan lopez235 at llnl.gov
Wed Feb 20 23:21:14 CET 2013


Thanks for the other resources. But I think those don't solve my problem.

FYI I used sendmailR:sendmail without password.

This is more or less how I ended up doing it. I can send a simple plain email or a simple plain email with an attachment or few attachments. Not sure if it makes a difference but in this test I am sending to myself from within the company

I am just trying to figure out how to email the contents from dput(). Whenever I try it prints it to the screen and the contents don't appear in the email at all: body or attachment. If I try it as an attachment (that's the mime_part()) the attachment is blank.

## Not run: 
from <- "lopez235 at llnl.gov"
to <- "lopez235 at llnl.gov"
subject <- "This email from R"
body <- list("It works!", "mime_part(iris)")                  

## End(Not run)


-----Original Message-----
From: David Winsemius [mailto:dwinsemius at comcast.net] 
Sent: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 11:59 AM
To: David Winsemius
Cc: Lopez, Dan; R help (r-help at r-project.org)
Subject: Re: [R] Sending Email from R

On Feb 20, 2013, at 10:44 AM, David Winsemius wrote:

> On Feb 20, 2013, at 10:24 AM, Lopez, Dan wrote:
>> Hi R experts,
>> I know how to send simple plain text message in body and how to send with attachments. This is thanks to stackoverflow reference below.
>> But I don't know how to send dput() output in the body of the email (or attachment) using sendmailR. I more interested in figuring out how to include it as part of the body of the email.
>> Does anybody have experience on how to do this?

>> #?sendmailR::sendmail
>> library(sendmailR)
>> #set working directory
>> setwd("C:/workingdirectorypath")
>> #####send plain email
>> from <- "you at account.com"
>> to <- "recipient at account.com"
>> subject <- "Email Subject"
>> body <- "Email body."
>> mailControl=list(smtpServer="serverinfo")
>> sendmail(from=from,to=to,subject=subject,msg=body,control=mailControl)
> Does this mean you get success with the simple example you posted?

This might be critical. There was a 2010 posting from Barry Rowlingson saying that 'sendmail' in sendmailR was unable to provide smtp-authorization. I got an error message regarding authorization when I added my password.


That thread also included Ben Bolker's offer of code in package:Rmail at:


I was able to get Lin Himmelmann's  mail::sendmail function to send a message to myself. Looking at the code it appears Lin has set up a PHP server and is parsing an http: request. It also doesn't look like it is intended to be general solution since there is a message saying the numbers of messages are limited.


David Winsemius
Alameda, CA, USA

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