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.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 = "[email protected]";
        String to = "[email protected]";
        String subject = "Hello";

        Properties props = new Properties();
        props.put("", "");
        props.put("mail.transport.protocol", "smtp");
        props.put("mail.smtp.starttls.enable", "true");
        props.put("mail.smtp.port", "587");
        props.put("mail.smtp.ssl.protocols", "TLSv1.2");
        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", "password");
        } catch (MessagingException e) {

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