Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Laravel Check if SMTP Connection is valid


While working with Laravel we often add SMTP credentials to send mail. It's important to check SMTP connection before sending mail or else it may give you error and throw run time exception. Here in this blog I am going to explain how to check SMTP connection before sending mail.

Below is the code you can use to check.

try {
$security = ($request->get('mail_encryption') != 'None') ? request()->get('mail_encryption') : null;
$transport = new \Swift_SmtpTransport($request->get('mail_host'), $request->get('mail_port'), $security);
$mailer = new \Swift_Mailer($transport);
catch (\Swift_TransportException $e) {
return redirect('mailSettings')->withInput()->with(array('message'=>'Can not connect to SMTP with given credentials.'));

As you can see in above code, first we are setting security config and create Swift_SmtpTransport class. After this we add add username and password. After that we create Swift_Mailer class and check it, if it throws an exception that means credentials are wrong or else credentials are correct.

Laravel Create Custom Validator

As we all know that Laravel comes with in built set of custom validators like required, unique etc using which we can do form or request validations on server side. In this blog I am going to explain how to create custom validator.

Custom validator is required when you have some special logic validations. For example a field should be minimum of 12 characters, it should start with special prefix etc.

To do this Laravel provides way to create custom field validator. You have to extend Validator in boot method of AppServiceProvider. Here is the complete code.

use Validator;

public function boot()
        Validator::extend('VALIDATOR_NAME', function($attribute, $value, $parameters, $validator) {
               //validation logic
               //should return true or false

       Validator::replacer('greater_than_field', function($message, $attribute, $rule, $parameters) {
  return $attribute."MESSAGE".$parameters[0];

As you can see in above code, first we define validator with Validator::extend and then using Validator::replacer we can define the message to be displayed.

This way you can create your own validators and then use it with Validator class.

$this->validate($request, [