FormMail is a very popular script that you can put onto your website so that visitors can fill it out and have their response emailed directly to you. To help you set up FormMail on your website we have wrote a ste-by-step guide to installing and configuring FormMail: If you missed our previous article, please see the How Contact Forms Work tutorial.

  1. Download the "compat" version of the NMS FormMail script.
  2. Un-zip the downloaded file and upload the script to your cgi-bin folder in your public_html folder.
  3. Next you will need to modify the file that was uploaded into your cgi-bin folder. First, you will need to change the @referers line (around line 47). Replace everything inside of the parentheses with your domain using the same formatting, once without the www and then a single space and again with the www.
  4. This is where you input any email addresses that the forms will send to. Make sure you remove localhost from both the @referers and the @allow_mail_to lines (around lines 47 and 48, respectively.) Once you have made these two changes, save the file.
  5. After adding the code to the page that you want the form on, you will need to point the action of the FORM tag to the script inside the cgi-bin folder:
    <form action="" method="post">
  6. Next, inside of each of your forms you will need to include a few hidden input tags. They are detailed below:

    <input type="hidden" name="recipient" value="you@your.domain,me@your.domain" />

    This tag tells the form which email address to send the form to. Just make sure that this email is one of the addresses in your @allow_mail_to field

    <input type="hidden" name="subject" value="From the feedback form" />

    This is a optional tag you can input into your form to specify the subject line of the email that gets delivered to you.

    <input type="hidden" name="redirect" value="http://www.your.domain/foo.html" />

    This is another optional tag to specify where your users will be redirected to after they click the submit button.

  7. Finally in order for FormMail to work you must set the permissions on the to 755.  This can be completed within your File Manager as well by right clicking on the file and selecting "change permissions." For more information on this course please visit Adding Contact Forms.
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n/a Points
2014-07-30 10:25 am
I am still learning the system. Just under too much pressure to read slowly and understand.
8,741 Points
2014-08-11 4:19 pm
Hello Gerard,

Thank you for contacting us. We are happy to help you setup your FormMail, is there a step you are having trouble with?

If you have any further questions, feel free to post them below.
Thank you,

n/a Points
2014-08-15 6:17 am

Hi John,


I would like to try this to our company website but I don't understand well how to follow the instructions correctly.

Maybe it can help if you put also the certain line in #3 and #4 instructions to go to, to make it easier.




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2014-08-15 9:11 am
Hello Armand,

Thank you for your suggestion. I have created a ticket for our Support Center team, and we will be reviewing the article.

If you have any further questions, feel free to post them below.
Thank you,

n/a Points
2014-09-15 6:53 pm

I'm fine until step 5, I have no idea where to add the code to. This is the first time I've been into the cPanel and really feel confused now. I'd really like to understand this a bit better. I've been trying to research this for about a week and just found your site. Thank you

16,597 Points
2014-09-15 7:17 pm
Hello Patricia,

Sorry that you're feeling confused. Websites are basically files on a server. In order to obtain the data for email that you want to automatically send, you need a web page that is referencing the form. The CGI-BIN is a folder on your server - this is where the script that you obtained from the zip file will need to be saved. You can use the cPanel File manager for an easy way to manipulate files on your server.

If you need more detailed help with creating the form on your website, follow these tutorials and they'll help you understand that portion of it: Adding Contact Forms to your website.

Hope that helps! If you have any further questions please let us know.

Arnel C.
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2014-09-15 8:55 pm

Thanks for such a quick response, that was awesome! I'm confused as to where exactly I'm to put steps 5 and 6 of the Creating a Contact Form with FormMail tut. Does it go in the Perl doc or in my Dreamweaver Contact page, where I created the html. Does it go in the head or body? Thanks again.


16,597 Points
2014-09-15 9:21 pm
Hello Patricia,

The code goes into your web page - where ever your form code located. The PERL script changes are edited directly in the PL file that saved in your CGI-BIN folder. The web page is where ever you're displaying the form where your visitors have to click and fill out the fields in order for the form mail to be sent. If you're still confused, please let me know.

Arnel Cl

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