Mailto Links


Open default mail program, create new message with the TO field already filled out.

<a href="">Email Us</a>  

Adding a subject

Open default mail program, create new message with the TO and SUBJECT field already filled out. Essentially we are adding the parameter subject to the href value.

Spaces in the subject will probably work OK, but to be super-extra sure, you can replace spaces with "%20".

<a href=" from Our Site">Email Us</a>  

Adding CC and BCC

Open default mail program, create new message with the TO, SUBJECT, CC, and BCC field already filled out. Essentially we are adding the parameters cc and bcc to the href value.

Also note that you add multiple values to CC and BCC by comma separating them.

<a href=",,">Email Us</a>

Adding Body Text

Just add the body parameter into the ever-growing list of parameters we are using.

<a href=",,">Email Us</a>


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    Sadly, mailto’s are a call-for-spammers widely, so this is a curiosity more than something to use actually.

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    Jessi Hance
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    @JMLeon: Not if you use Hivelogic’s Enkoder:

    I just used this today for a client, as a stop-gap till he can set up a contact form.

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    Although people have been steadfast in their belief that the sky would fall, the world would end, and that their email boxes would overflow with spam if they were crazy enough to use mailto, I have yet to see the problem materialize. I have a number of smallish sites that have been up for years using mailto without ever having a problem. I do use contact forms on larger sites but only because I think it looks more professional.

    Excellent post Chris! Very handy stuff.

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    Kartlos Tchavelachvili
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    I think you can use also the Paragraphs in the body message. Syntax = %0A%0A

    MailTo with multiline message in Body

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    Kartlos Tchavelachvili
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    a href=” message’s first paragraph.%0A%0ASecond paragraph.%0A%0AThird Paragraph.”

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    Brian Lang
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    Caution: This may NOT work with all mail clients. I’ve had problems getting this to work with some mail clients in the past.

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    chaitanya T

    Thank you for the simple and effective approach for a contact option. Its nice.

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    Thank you

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    Thanks for reminding me about something I learnt originally in the 90s!

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      Hamlegs Harold
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      You mean learned?

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      Learnt is ok in British English, but not in common use in the US.

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      Sig Paulson

      Well, I’m glad you learnt it in the 90s. Some of us are still learning. What if you hadn’t and now wanted to? We’re not all computer junkies. This is what gets me. Because a computer tech or computer lover knows something they think everyone should already know or they are to be looked down on. Arrogance runs rampant in this field.

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    kunjan raychura
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    Style links depending on file format

    /* external links */
    padding-right: 20px;
    background: url(external.gif) no-repeat center right;

    /* emails */
        padding-right: 20px;
        background: url(email.png) no-repeat center right;
    /* pdfs */
        padding-right: 20px;
        background: url(pdf.png) no-repeat center right;
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    I am using this code in ipad app and it’s working perfectly but the problem is that all work is done out side the app means after mail, app is closed.

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    Can we attache any attachment with this. Please let me know.

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    The end user must have a default mail prgm set up to work in windows.

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    Neil Monroe

    @premkumar: It doesn’t seem to work in Safari or Chrome (probably WebKit-based browsers, in general) if there are actual spaces in the querystring parameters to the mailto: link.

    If you replace the spaces with %20, then you should be back in business.

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    I want a source code, when a visitor wants to click on “Email Offer” then a pop up is open with option of email clients, like – outlook, gmail and yahoo. When he/she select email client then it opens with my email id, Subject and offer. Or he/she wants their default email client in future when they visit again, a check box is also display in pop up.

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    Is there any way to align the text in mailto body to the right ?
    I am adding Arabic text in mailto body, Arabic text starts from right to left
    ill be great full for any help and suggestion

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    Would I be able to use this code in Facebook, when writing on my wall?

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    I would like to use a mailto command in SharePoint for use internally (Outlook 2010). I understand how to do the to, subject and body text, but I’d like to be able to dictate the background used (from those available in Outlook) so that users have a choice. Any ideas?

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    Juan JOcop

    I have a form that is a test, which asks for the name of a student who fills. I want to send an email warning that the test was completed and will include the student’s name. How do I include in HREF student’s name? Thank you

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    It’s still very nice so far. Thanks
    my web is here
    also here

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    Could you put HTML into the body this way?

    For example, bolding a word.

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    Is there any way to include a variable in the mailto code e.g the filename of the page it appears on? It could then be used to receive comments?

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    John Sankey
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    What I’d really like to do is to have the message sent as part of the mailto, so users don’t see a mail popup where they have to click send before it goes out. I know it’s astonishing to we geeks, but that really does confuse some people.

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    Can we have HTML content in the mail.

    <a href=”< b >Make me Bold</ b >”
    when i do this the output in the body is:

    < b >Make me Bold< /b >

    But i want the text to be bold. is this even possible ?

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      Looks like there is a space in your bold tag:

      < b >Make me Bold</ b >


      <b>Make me Bold</b>
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    there is a question confused me that how can find the mailto body length limit when needs send custom reports like html table format.

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    Any way to CC yourself?

    When client clicks email link,
    they get to:
    email me, —mailto:
    receive cc copy to their own email — cc=(how do i do this?)
    see subject, — subject=
    begin body text, — body=

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      Depends, if you’re authenticating with the server you could set the email as a session variable and when you build the link insert it as a param.

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    Here’s a tool for building mailto links:

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    vinod katta
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    Can add “reply-to” attribute in the mailto syntax, if not how can we make the recipient reply to another email address.
    I want to implement this in html page.

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    Rahul G
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    Is there any possibility where we can post html code into mailto body template, so that users will aware where to enter comments, where to enter response (after specific label in email).

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    How can I insert an image in the body of the email and how to I link text to websites?

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      Geoff Graham
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      Hey! You’ll add an image like you normally would in the HTML:

      <img src="path-to-image">

      …then linking text to a website is sort a the same deal:

      <a href="your-link" rel="nofollow">Link Text</a>

      Hope this helps!

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    Just wanted to ad a couple of thoughts;

    read an interesting article on conversion rates of mailto vs on-line form and this article

    View story at

    seemed to suggest, on mobile especially, conversion is better using mailto.

    Also something I particularly like is when you get a response from mailto you know the email address is correct. We have a bit of an issue with people giving incorrect emails on the form and I’m gonna switch to mailto to get rid of that.

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