[R] Sending Email from R

David Winsemius dwinsemius at comcast.net
Wed Feb 20 20:58:52 CET 2013

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?
>> #http://stackoverflow.com/questions/2885660/how-to-send-email-with-attachment-from-r-in-windows
>> #?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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