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Program Summary

[Version 1.6 Released 06/11/2005]

AutoCGIMail will let you generate your own custom email form complete with a program to run it. No package to download: You simply tell the program what operating system your web server runs (Unix or NT), then answer some other questions, fill out some data for the "look" of your form, and AutoCGIMail will create a custom email CGI program and feedback form specifically for your site. When you're finished, you should be able to copy and paste the form and the CGI program, save them, upload them to your site and be ready to go. The programs AutoCGIMail generates have been tested to run on Unix/Linux and Win 98/2000 web servers as long as you have Perl version 5 or higher.

(NOTE: the Generator program itself is not available for download here -- just the Email CGI scripts and forms it generates. :-) However, you can feel free to generate as many forms and scripts as you like with the system!)



Working Demo

To view the demo, and start generating your own custom email feedback form and CGI script, .

Play around with the different colors, backgrounds, HTML options etc. You can go back and forth as many times as you like until your form and script look the way you want them to. Once you've got them finished, just follow the instructions to save them and upload them to your site.


Who's Using AutoCGIMail?

 If you've gotten AutoCGIMail to work, send me the address of your website and I'll post a link to it.

At this time, I know that there are a ton of sites using it, but I don't have many addresses for them. Perhaps they're all too shy to tell me.

If you're using an AutoCGIMail email feedback form, let me know, and get free traffic to your website from your link here! :-)

Family Caregivers Online Portal Page: This is a really cool example of what you can do with a CGI script generated by AutoCGIMail. Basically, the webmaster generated the form and the script, and then modified JUST the form to use the dropdown lists for the application. In this case, they didn't have to modify the script at all: just the form. A good example of creative use of a simple script.
Camp Barbee uses it for their contact form.

Penpal Party also uses it for their contact form.


System Requirements

The web server where this script will be installed must have Perl 5.000 or higher. Scripts that send email require that "Sendmail" or "qmail-inject" be available on Unix/Linux-type systems. Scripts that send email under Windows-based systems require use of the Socket Perl module ( All scripts may require the Perl CGI module, .

This script is NOT supported on the following web hosting providers:

Also, sorry, but the scripts are not supported under mod_perl, PerlEx, or speedy_cgi as I don't have any way to test them in that environment. :-(

You must be able to execute cgi programs on your web server. If you're not sure whether you have permission to do this, or are not sure how to configure the files, please ask your system administrator, or check the web pages of your web hosting provider for Help or Support information. For a free web hosting provider who supports CGI scripts, or low-cost web hosting providers, you can try looking at the "Some Places to Host your Website" page I've put together.

The web server must support both the GET and POST request methods. (Ask your hosting provider about this if you're not sure.)

Please remember: you get what you pay for, and free web hosting services are often worth what you pay for them.


Bug Fix Announcements

I strongly recommend that you sign up here for update and bug fix announcements about this script. I will not spam you with advertising: I just want to make sure you have the latest fixes. :-)

The program will send a confirmation message to your email address when you sign up. In order to get on the announcement list, you MUST click on the confirmation link contained in that email message. This is to protect you from someone signing you up as a joke, and to protect me from being accused of spamming. Since update announcements are sometimes few and far between, sometimes people forget that they've subscribed and report me for sending junk mail. Luckily, the system logs the address, time, and date of everyone who signs up so that I can prove I'm only sending to people who asked for it. :-)

After a major release, you may get one or two messages a week. Mostly, though, I'm afraid it's less than once a month. 

You may also sign up for announcements about other scripts on the main Scripts for Educators Mailing List page. 

This list is ONLY for announcements specifically about AutoCGIMail: