Where is the Form Mail (FormMail) Script ? How to use CPanel inbuilt form to email scripts ?

Included with every Astutium::Host CPanel web hosting plan is the free Form Mail CGI Script, pre-installed and ready to use. Sending the contents of a web form (Form Mailing) is a common need for web sites, however many of the generally available scripts are easily exploited.

Form Mail Clone

FormMail-clone is an equivalent of the original Matt Wright formmail.pl under a less restrictive license. It should behave exactly as formmail.pl, but has been completely written from scratch, which may leads to a few minor visual differences.

FormMail.cgi will do all the of programming work for you, you simply alter the behavior by using hidden fields in your form.

Mandatory Fields and Settings

Form Action

The form action line should be:

This is the only form field that you must have in your html for the FormMail script to work correctly.


Field: recipient

Description: This form field allows you to specify where you wish your form results to be mailed to. Most likely you will want to configure this option as a hidden form field with a value equal to that of your e-mail address.


Optional Fields and Settings


Field: subject

Description: The subject field will allow you to specify the subject that you wish to appear in the e-mail that is sent to you after this form has been filled out and submitted. If you do not have this option turned on, then the script will default to a message subject: WWW Form Submission


  • If you wish to choose what the subject is;
  • To allow the user to choose a subject;


Field: email

Description: This form field will allow the user to specify their return e-mail address. If you want to be able to return e-mail to your user, we strongly suggest that you include this form field and allow them to fill it in. This will be put into the From: field of the message you receive. NOTE: in your code use all-lowercase for the word "email"



Field: realname

Description: The realname form field will allow the user to input their real name. This field is useful for identification purposes and will also be put into the From: line of your message header.



Field: sort

Description: This field allows you to choose the order in which you wish for your variables to appear in the e-mail that FormMail generates. You can choose to have the field sorted alphabetically or specify a set order in which you want the fields to appear in your mail message. By leaving this field out, the order will simply default to the order in which the browser sends the information to the script (which isn't always the exact same order they appeared in the form). When sorting by a set order of fields, you should include the phrase "order:" as the first part of your value for the sort field, and then follow that with the field names you want to be listed in the e-mail message, separated by commas.


  • To sort alphabetically:
  • To sort by a set field order:


Field: redirect

Description: If you wish to redirect the user to a different URL, rather than having them see the default response to the fill-out form, you can use this hidden variable to send them to a pre-made HTML page.


  • To choose the URL the user will end up at;
  • To allow the user to specify a URL he/she wishes to travel to once the form is filled out;


Field: required

Description: You can now require for certain fields in your form to be filled in before the user can successfully submit the form. Simply place all field names that you want to be mandatory into this field. If the required fields are not filled in, the user will be notified of what they need to fill in, and a link back to the form they just submitted will be provided.


  • If you want to require that the user fill in the email and phone fields in your form so that you can reach them once you have received the mail, use a syntax like:

Environment Report

Field: env_report

Description: Allows you to have Environment variables included in the e-mail message you receive after a user has filled out your form. This is useful if you wish to know what browser they were using, what domain they were coming from or any other attributes associated with environment variables. The following is a short list of valid environment variables that might be useful:

  • REMOTE_HOST - Sends the hostname making a request.
  • REMOTE_ADDR - Sends the IP address of the remote host making the request.
  • HTTP_USER_AGENT - The browser the client is using to send the request.


  • If you wanted to find the remote host and browser sending the request, you would put the following into your form;


Field: title

Description: This form field allows you to specify the title and header that will appear on the resulting page if you do not specify a redirect URL.


  • If you wanted a title of 'Feedback Form Results':

Return Link URL

Field: return_link_url

Description: This field allows you to specify a URL that will appear as a return_link_title on the following report page. This field will not be used if you have the redirect field set, although it is useful if you allow the user to receive the report on the following page, but want to offer them a way to get back to your main page.



Field: return_link_title

Return Link Title

Field: return_link_title

Description: This is the title that will be used to link the user back to the page you specify with return_link_url. The two fields will be shown on the resulting form page as:



Field: background

Description: This form field allows you to specify a background image that will appear if you do not have the redirect field set. This image will appear as the background to the form results page.



Field: bgcolor

Description: This form field allows you to specify a bgcolor for the form results page in much the way you specify a background image. This field should not be set if the redirect field is.


  • For a background color of White;

Text Colour

Field: text_color

Description: This field works in the same way as bgcolor, except that it will change the color of your text.


  • For a text color of Black;

Link Colour

Field: link_color

Description: Changes the color of links on the resulting page. Works in the same way as text_color. Should not be defined if redirect is.


  • For a link color of Red;

VLink Colour

Field: vlink_color

Description: Changes the color of visited links on the resulting page. It works exactly the same as link_color. Should not be set if redirect is.


  • For a visited link color of Blue;

ALink Colour

Field: alink_color

Description: Changes the color of active links on the resulting page. Works exactly the same as link_color. Should not be set if redirect is.


  • For a visited link color of Blue;
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