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Attaching PDF files using mail()?

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Hello,

I am fairly familiar with the mail function used in PHP and from what I can tell its possible to attach files to emails sent using this method but I am little unclear on how or what code is to be used?

I think that its a mime type header but I am not certain.

If this is my mailer code,

[code]
$headers  = 'MIME-Version: 1.0' . "\r\n";
$headers .= 'Content-type: text/html; charset=iso-8859-1' . "\r\n";

$to = "my@email.com";
 
  $message = "my email";

  //Additional Headers
  $headers  = 'MIME-Version: 1.0' . "\r\n";
  $headers .= 'Content-type: text/html; charset=iso-8859-1' . "\r\n";
  $headers .= 'Return-Path: <my@email.com>' . "\r\n";

  $headers .= "To: You <your@email.com>"."\r\n";
 
  $headers .= "From: Me <my@email.com>"."\r\n";

  // Mail it
  $mail = mail($to, $subject, $message, $headers);

[/code]

How do I attach a PDF? Or in fact any file as an attachment?

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You can create the entire message in the header.

[code]
<?php

$message = chunk_split(base64_encode($message))
$encoding = "base64";

$from = "me@gmail.com";
$to = "you@gmail.com";

$mime = "From: ". $from ."\n";
// Add any other types of headers here
$mime .= "MIME-Version: 1.0\n".
$mime .= "Content-Type: text/plain"
              ."\nContent-Transfer-Encoding: $encoding\n\n$message\n";

// Creates a boundary between the main message and the attachment
$boundary = "b".md5(uniqid(time()));
$mime .= "Content-Type: multipart/mixed; boundary = $boundary\n\nThis is a MIME encoded message.\n\n--$boundary";


$pdf_attachment = chunk_split(base64_encode(fread(fopen($filename), filesize($filename))));
$file = "Content-Type: text/pdf; name = ". basename($filename) ."\n"
        ."Content-Transfer-Encoding: $encoding\n\n$pdf_attachment\n";

$mime .= "\n". $file . "--$boundary";
$mime .=  "--\n";

mail($to, $subject, "", $mime);

?>
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I'll try this out thanks :)

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I have a few more questions about this subject.

Firstly do you have to send attachments in base64 encoding?

Secondly do you have to create a new unique boundary for each attachment you add

Thirdly if you have to use base64 what would prevent you from reading the email in the correct format (I tried the above in my mail script and I just got a load of base64 giberrish in my Outlook.)

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