What are the system properties used for sending email?

Here are a list of system properties that can be use to send an e-mail using the JavaMail API.

Property Default Value Description
mail.host Define the host name of the mail server.
mail.smtp.host Define the host name of the SMTP server; this will overrides the mail.host for SMTP connections only.
mail._protocol_.host Define the host name of the specified protocol (POP, IMAP); this will overrides the mail.host.
mail.user Define the default username sent to all mail servers.
mail._protocol_.user Define the default username for the specified protocol; this will overrides the mail.user for the specified protocol.
mail.smtp.port 25 Define the SMTP port on which the SMTP server is listening.
mail._protocol_.port Default port for the corresponding protocol Define the port on which the servers for the specified protocol is listening.
mail.smtp.starttls.enable Upgrade the regular SMTP connection on the usual port to an encrypted (TLS or SSL) connection.
mail.smtp.connectiontimeout Infinite Define the number of milliseconds to wait for a connection timeout.
mail.debug false Define parameter for disabling or enabling information debugging.
mail.from Define the e-mail address to use in the From header.
mail.mime.charset file.encoding Define the default character set used to send messages.
mail.alternates Define other email address for the current that will not to be included when replying to a message.
mail._protocol_.class Define the fully package qualified class name of the provider for the specified protocol.
mail.transport.protocol First transport provider in the configuration file Define default protocol with which to send messages.
mail.transport.protocol.address-type Define the message transport protocol such as SMTP for the specified address type, for example mail.transport.protocol.rfc822.
mail.replayallcc false Put all recipients in the CC list of the reply message instead of the TO field when replying to all.

How do I send an HTML email?

The following code snippets show you how to send an html e-mail. We begin by defining the e-mail information such as the from address, to address and the subject. The next step it to create a Properties that will be used to create a mail Session object. Having a Session object we can then create a Message using the MimeMessage.

We use the MimeMessage.setContent(Object, String) to set the html content of the email. Do not forget to set the content type to text/html and also supply the character set, in the example we use charset=utf-8.

package org.kodejava.example.mail;

import javax.mail.Message;
import javax.mail.MessagingException;
import javax.mail.Session;
import javax.mail.Transport;
import javax.mail.internet.InternetAddress;
import javax.mail.internet.MimeMessage;
import java.util.Properties;

public class SendHTMLEmail {
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        String from = "kodejava@gmail.com";
        String to = "kodejava@gmail.com";
        String subject = "Hello";

        Properties props = new Properties();
        props.put("mail.smtp.host", "smtp.gmail.com");
        props.put("mail.transport.protocol", "smtp");
        props.put("mail.smtp.starttls.enable", "true");
        props.put("mail.smtp.port", "587");
        Session session = Session.getDefaultInstance(props);

        try {
            InternetAddress fromAddress = new InternetAddress(from);
            InternetAddress toAddress = new InternetAddress(to);

            Message message = new MimeMessage(session);
            message.setRecipient(Message.RecipientType.TO, toAddress);

            String sb = "<head>" +
                "<style type=\"text/css\">" +
                "  .red { color: #f00; }" +
                "</style>" +
                "</head>" +
                "<h1 class=\"red\">" + message.getSubject() + "</h1>" +
                "<p>" +
                "Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, <em>consectetur</em> adipisicing elit, " +
                "sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna <strong>" +
            message.setContent(sb, "text/html; charset=utf-8");

            // Send the message to the recipient. You also need to specify the username 
            // and password to authenticate to the mail server.
            Transport.send(message, "kodejava", "********");
        } catch (MessagingException e) {

Maven Dependencies

<!-- http://repo1.maven.org/maven2/javax/mail/javax.mail-api/1.5.6/javax.mail-api-1.5.6.jar -->
<!-- http://repo1.maven.org/maven2/javax/mail/mail/1.4.7/mail-1.4.7.jar -->