Visual C++ - Send HTML Email with Embedded Images

The following c++ example codes demonstrate how to send HTML email with embedded images.

To attach an embedded images to email, you should add an attachment to email at first. Then you should assign an unique identifier(contentid) to this attachment. Finally, you need to replace the <img src="your file name" /> to <img src="cid:yourcontentid" />.

Installation

EASendMail is a SMTP component which supports all operations of SMTP/ESMTP protocols (RFC 821, RFC 822, RFC 2554). Before you can use the following example codes, you should download the EASendMail Installer and install it on your machine at first.

Add Reference

To use EASendMail SMTP ActiveX Object in your C++ project, the first step is “Add header files of EASendMail to your project”. Please go to C:\Program Files\EASendMail\Samples_VC\simple.vcNative or C:\Program Files (x86)\EASendMail\Samples_VC\simple.vcNative folder, find easendmailobj.tlh and easendmailobj.tli, and then copy these files to your project folder.

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C++ - Send HTML Email with Embedded Images - Example

The following example codes demonstrate sending email with embedded images. In order to run it correctly, please change SMTP server, user, password, sender, recipient value to yours.

Note

To get full sample projects, please download and install EASendMail on your machine.

#include "stdafx.h"

#include "easendmailobj.tlh"
using namespace EASendMailObjLib;

int _tmain(int argc, _TCHAR* argv[])
{
    ::CoInitialize( NULL );

    IMailPtr oSmtp = NULL;
    oSmtp.CreateInstance( "EASendMailObj.Mail");
    oSmtp->LicenseCode = _T("TryIt");

    // Set your sender email address
    oSmtp->FromAddr = _T("test@emailarchitect.net");

    // Add recipient email address
    oSmtp->AddRecipientEx( _T("support@emailarchitect.net"), 0 );

    // Set email subject
    oSmtp->Subject = _T("HTML email from Visual C++ project with inline image");

    // Add embedded image and return the unique identifier of the attachment
    _bstr_t cid = oSmtp->AddInline( _T("c:\\test.gif"));
    if( cid.length() == 0 )
    {
        _tprintf(_T("failed add embedded image with error: %s"),
            (const TCHAR*)oSmtp->GetLastErrDescription());
    }

    // Set HTML body format
    oSmtp->BodyFormat = 1;

    // Use the cid as link in the body text
    oSmtp->BodyText = _bstr_t("<html><body>Hello, this is a embedded <img src=\"cid:") + cid
        + _bstr_t("\" > picture.</body><html>");

    // Your SMTP server address
    oSmtp->ServerAddr = _T("smtp.emailarchitect.net");

    // User and password for ESMTP authentication, if your server doesn't
    // require User authentication, please remove the following codes.
    oSmtp->UserName = _T("test@emailarchitect.net");
    oSmtp->Password = _T("testpassword");

    // If your SMTP server requires SSL connection, please add this line
    // oSmtp->SSL_init();

    _tprintf(_T("Start to send HTML email with embedded image ...\r\n" ));

    if( oSmtp->SendMail() == 0 )
    {
        _tprintf( _T("email was sent successfully!\r\n"));
    }
    else
    {
        _tprintf( _T("failed to send email with the following error: %s\r\n"),
            (const TCHAR*)oSmtp->GetLastErrDescription());
    }

    if( oSmtp != NULL )
        oSmtp.Release();

    return 0;
}

To attach embedded images/pictures, ImportMailEx and ImportHtml methods are strongly recommended. With these methods, you don’t have to specify the ContentID manually. The html source/file html body can be imported to email with embedded pictures automatically.

You can also refer to the htmlmail.* samples in EASendMail Installer. Those samples demonstrate how to build a HTML email editor and send HTML email with attachment or embedded images/pictures.

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32bit/x64 ActiveX DLL

Seperate builds of run-time dll for 32 and x64 platform

File Platform
Installation Path\EASendMailObj.dll 32 bit
Installation Path\x64\EASendMailObj.dll 64 bit

Distribution

  • Standard EXE

    For VB6, C++, Delphi or other standard exe application, you can distribute EASendMailObj.dll with your application to target machine without COM-registration and installer. To learn more detail, please have a look at Registration-free COM with Manifest File.

  • Script

    For ASP, VBScript, VBA, MS SQL Stored Procedure, you need to install EASendMail on target machine by EASendMail installer, both 32bit/x64 DLL are installed and registered.

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