How to send email using HTML templates in Codeigniter

This post explains how to send email using HTML templates in Codeigniter, earlier post we learned how to send mails using HTML content and using phpmailer and gmail. Now we learn how to send mails in Codeigniter.
By follow the below steps we can implement it.

How to send email using HTML templates in Codeigniter by Anil Kumar Panigrahi

How to send email using HTML templates in Codeigniter by Anil Kumar Panigrahi

Step 1: Create HTML file with suits to your template.

Path : /application/views/emails/anillabs.php

<!DOCTYPE html>
    <meta charset="utf-8" />
    <title>Anil Labs - Codeigniter mail templates</title>
    <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0" />
   <div style="font-size: 26px;font-weight: 700;letter-spacing: -0.02em;line-height: 32px;color: #41637e;font-family: sans-serif;text-align: center" align="center" id="emb-email-header"><img style="border: 0;-ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic;display: block;Margin-left: auto;Margin-right: auto;max-width: 152px" src="" alt="" width="152" height="108"></div>
<p style="Margin-top: 0;color: #565656;font-family: Georgia,serif;font-size: 16px;line-height: 25px;Margin-bottom: 25px">Hey <?php echo $userName;?>,</p>
<p style="Margin-top: 0;color: #565656;font-family: Georgia,serif;font-size: 16px;line-height: 25px;Margin-bottom: 25px"> I am  Anil Kumar Panigrahi , Founder of Anil Labs. and This is mail demo of How to send email using HTML templates in Codeigniter </p>

Step 2: Controller method to send mails

Path : /application/controllers/sendmails.php

<?php if ( ! defined('BASEPATH')) exit('No direct script access allowed');

class Sendmails extends CI_Controller {

    public function htmlmail(){
        $config = Array(       
            'protocol' => 'sendmail',
            'smtp_host' => 'your domain SMTP host',
            'smtp_port' => 25,
            'smtp_user' => 'SMTP Username',
            'smtp_pass' => 'SMTP Password',
            'smtp_timeout' => '4',
            'mailtype'  => 'html',
            'charset'   => 'iso-8859-1'
        $this->load->library('email', $config);
        $this->email->from('your mail id', 'Anil Labs');
        $data = array(
             'userName'=> 'Anil Kumar Panigrahi'
        $this->email->to($userEmail);  // replace it with receiver mail id
    $this->email->subject($subject); // replace it with relevant subject
        $body = $this->load->view('emails/anillabs.php',$data,TRUE);

Just replace your username , password and mail-ids and use it as HTML templates for sending mails in Codeigniter

Step 3: Call the controller method in as per your requirement.

http://[domain name]/Sendmails/htmlmail

Anil Kumar Panigrahi

With more than 10 years experience in PHP and Founder of Anil Labs, a blog for PHP and related posts. contributed posts regarding CodeIgniter, CakePHP and Learn PHP online ... Contact : [email protected]

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32 Responses

  1. ravi says:

    not working dude

    • Kumar says:

      $config = Array(
      ‘protocol’ => ‘smtp’,
      ‘smtp_host’ => ‘yourstmphostname’,
      ‘smtp_port’ => stmpport,
      ‘smtp_user’ => ‘[email protected]’,
      ‘smtp_pass’ => ‘youremailpassword’,
      ‘mailtype’ => ‘html’,
      ‘charset’ => ‘iso-8859-1’,
      ‘wordwrap’ => TRUE

      $email = $this->input->post(’email’);
      $subject = “Hi, “.$this->input->post(‘name’).”. Your Booking Is Success! – “;
      $message = ”

      Booking ID
      :     “.$bid.”

      :     “.$this->input->post(‘name’).”

      :     “.$this->input->post(‘mobile’).”

      :     “.$this->input->post(‘date’).”

      :     “.$this->input->post(‘service’).”

      :     “.$this->input->post(‘message’).”

      Contact Us For More Information : >> Click Here << “;

      $this->load->library(’email’, $config);
      $this->email->from(‘[email protected]’);
      // $this->email->cc(‘[email protected]’);
      // $this->email->bcc(‘[email protected]’);
      echo ‘Email send.’;

  2. Bhumi Shah says:

    This was such a great article, Meagan. Thanks for writing it.

  3. eka wijaya says:

    Thank you very much, This article helped me.

  4. Ducsi says:

    Thanks for the article! It helped me a lot!

  5. eddie says:

    Thank you very much, This is useful.

  6. Sivaji says:

    Thank for the clean and nice article, I am having a question, I Implemented e-mail template functionality for signup and forgot password pages . I didn’t do the authentication with username and password but it worked fine for me. After few days later the system not sending mail’s to signup user’s and forgot password user, If I disable template attachment(//$this->email->message($template);) mail is sending if i enable e-mail attachment mail is not sending but in script it was showing success message, could you please help me on this thanks in advance. Here is my code

    $config = Array(
    ‘mailtype’ => ‘html’,
    ‘charset’ => ‘utf-8’,
    ‘wordwrap’ => TRUE
    $this->load->library(’email’, $config);
    $this->email->from(‘[email protected]’);
    $this->email->subject(‘Reset Password’);
    //$template = $this->load->view(’emailtemplates/forgotpassword’, $data, true);
    $template = $this->load->view(’emailtemplates/mailtemplate’, $data, true);
    if ($this->email->send()) {
    } else {
    echo “mail sending failed please try agin”;

  7. Alberto says:

    I send emails but got the html code as body, I had to add the headers to get correct content

    $this->email->set_header('MIME-Version', '1.0; charset=utf-8');
    $this->email->set_header('Content-type', 'text/html');

    It was very helpful; thanks, mate.

  8. GTE says:

    Html code displayed in the email. Why?

  9. Muhammad says:

    Hi ! can we send more then one message in email

    • Muhammad says:

      plz help me , i want send both template and message in single mail , If u have any suggestion then plz share with me

  10. Arun Verma says:

    Great article
    it is very helpful for me

  11. Shojol says:

    Why the Html code displaying in the email.that make problem.

  12. Thanks for your great neat and clean example.
    But I want to send a email in on array like this

    $data = array(
    ‘username’ =>$this->input->post(‘username’),
    ‘useremail’ =>$this->input->post(‘useremail’)

    All contact form data send successfully but the email not send. I don’t understand why happens this to me. Is there any validation or rule which I missed.
    If you have any idea about this, so pleas tell me. I am really very tiered about this.

  13. Shafiul says:

    I got help and sent email by creating html in a variable of PHP and write inline css and send by codeigniter email class. Thanks to Anil.

  14. juancho says:

    great and simple article. very usefull

  15. jibin says:

    not working dued

  16. Ganesh says:

    Hello sir,
    Thanks for sharing this article so I have used your article and got a required result.

  17. nikkolai fernandez says:

    thank you was a good solution 🙂

  18. Anil says:

    I am trying to send emails from codeigniter. Now i want to send mail such that the from adress woulb be fetched from view file and i will use the same in controller. I would be getting email and name from the view file. I want to set these details (from->name and replyto-> email) in controller. Although CI is providing set_headers, i am not able to do this. Please help me. Thanks in advance.

  19. sanket says:

    i have used mailtype as html, HTML tags are being displayed plz help me for solution

  20. manu says:

    why this use type

  21. James says:


    Why are you including SMTP values, when the protocol you’re using is sendmail?

  22. Sneha says:

    I have set all the headers but m not able to see the body(message) in mail i recieved.
    Any suggestion.

  23. I want send mail on outlook using html template in Codeigniter, html template display in plain text formate on outlook

  24. Anil Rawat says:

    Not Working

    Here My Code

    $config = array (
    ‘mailtype’ => ‘html’,
    ‘charset’ => ‘utf-8’,
    ‘priority’ => ‘1’
    $data = array(
    ‘message’=> ‘Please find below the link ‘,
    $body = $this->load->view(‘template.php’,$data,TRUE);
    $this->email->from(‘’, ‘System’);
    $this->email->to(‘[email protected]’);

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