Dummy Email Server for Windows and Mac OSX
November 1, 2010

I want to share with you some useful ways of catching local emails without actually sending them, meaning you can test your email-related developmemt work quickly and easily.

Windows - Antix SMTP Server for Developers

Antix SMTP Server for Developers listens on port 25 for SMTP connections, and then stores the sent emails in a local directory on your computer. You can then view those emails with whatever client you use for viewing emails.

http://www.antix.co.uk/projects/smtpserverfordevelopers

Mac OSX (and probably andy Unix system) - php sendmail script

I recenly started using a Mac for development, so I needed to find an equivelant solution.

The best solution I could find was not an application, but a script that someone had written. You simply point to the script from your php.ini configuration, and the emails automatically open in your email client when they are sent.

find the script here