CSV (Text) File with Custom Body Text
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This example demonstrates how to send an email using the mail merge features in NetMailBot, specifically how to personalize the fields: to, from, subject, and message body. The premise is reporting of contest results. The database used is a text file in CSV format (comma delimited file) which contains some sample data. 


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


Additional Prerequisites


Windows 95 / 98 Users: Make sure you have the latest ODBC drivers installed on your machine.


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 parameters to reflect wherever you unzip the archive.


The archive contains three files:



File Contents


This is the content of the batch file:


netmailbot -to ignored -from "<<from>>" -subject "<<subject>>" -server localhost -logfile c:\tmp\log.txt -dsn "Provider=Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0;Data Source=C:\tmp\;Extended properties=Text;" -dbquery "SELECT * FROM data.txt" -dbemailcolumn "to" -dbreplacementids "<<name>>=name,<<from>>=from,<<to>>=to,<<subject>>=subject" -bodyfile "c:\tmp\body.txt" -personalize -debug


The data file contains:



test@exclamationsoft.com,one@exclamationsoft.com,John Smith,You win

test@exclamationsoft.com,two@exclamationsoft.com,Mike White,You lose

test@exclamationsoft.com,three@exclamationsoft.com,Tom Blue,Tie game


Here is the body.txt file:


Dear <<name>>, 


This email is from <<from>>

This email is to <<to>>


The outcome of the game is: <<subject>>




  1. Unzip the MailMergeCSVCustomText.zip file. This will produce a directory called "MailMergeCSVCustomText". Open this directory.
  2. Open the data.txt file.
  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. Save and close the data.txt file.
  5. Open Notepad and edit the batch file "MailMergeCSVCustomText.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 indirectly via the -dbemailcolumn parameter should each receive a personalized text message.