Access Database and HTML Body
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This example demonstrates how to send an email using the mail merge features in NetMailBot. The database used is an MS Access database (Access 2000 version) which contains some sample data. An HTML file is used as the message body.


NOTE: You should change the email addresses in the Access database to your own email address(es) before running a test. 


Additional Prerequisites


Using this feature requires Microsoft Access and working knowledge of creating and editing an MS Access database.


Prepared Example Files



The -bodyfile parameter in NetMailBot uses full paths. We have assumed a particular path as shown in the batch file contents below. Therefore, download this file to C:\tmp on your hard drive or edit the -bodyfile parameter to reflect wherever you unzip the archive.


The archive contains four files:



Batch File Contents


This is the content of the batch file:


netmailbot -to -from -subject "Mail Merge Example" -server localhost -logfile c:\tmp\log.txt -dsn "Provider=Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0;Data Source=c:\tmp\test.mdb" -dbquery "SELECT * FROM Customers" -dbemailcolumn "email" -dbreplacementids "$first_name$=first_name,$last_name$=last_name" -bodyfile "c:\tmp\body.html" -personalize




  1. Unzip the file. This will produce a directory called "MailMergeAccessHTML". Open this directory.
  2. Open the Access database.
  3. Change all of the email addresses to your email address (for the purposes of this test run, they can all be the same).
  4. Close the Access database.
  5. Open Notepad and edit the batch file "MailMergeAccessHTML.bat". Note these important parameters used in the batch file:
  1. Invoke the batch file by double-clicking the icon or straight from the command line.
  2. NetMailbot should start up and, upon finishing, the email addresses specified with the -to parameter should each receive an HTML email message.
  3. Have a look at the log.txt file included in the archive to see how a NetMailBot session of this type proceeds.