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Thread: JavaMail Error: javax.mail.AuthenticationFailedException

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    I am making a program that sends information to my email. Here is the source:
    package client;
    Some SMTP servers require a username and password authentication before you
    can use their Server for Sending mail. This is most common with couple
    of ISP's who provide SMTP Address to Send Mail.
    This Program gives any example on how to do SMTP Authentication
    (User and Password verification)
    This is a free source code and is provided as it is without any warranties and
    it can be used in any your code for free.
    Author : Sudhir Ancha
    import javax.mail.*;
    import javax.mail.internet.*;
    import javax.activation.*;
    import java.util.*;
    import java.io.*;
      To use this program, change values for the following three constants,
        SMTP_HOST_NAME -- Has your SMTP Host Name
        SMTP_AUTH_USER -- Has your SMTP Authentication UserName
        SMTP_AUTH_PWD  -- Has your SMTP Authentication Password
      Next change values for fields
      emailMsgTxt  -- Message Text for the Email
      emailSubjectTxt  -- Subject for email
      emailFromAddress -- Email Address whose name will appears as "from" address
      Next change value for "emailList".
      This String array has List of all Email Addresses to Email Email needs to be sent to.
      Next to run the program, execute it as follows,
      SendMailUsingAuthentication authProg = new SendMailUsingAuthentication();
      java -Dmail.smtp.starttls.enable=true -Dmail.smtp.port=587
    	smtpsend -d -M smtp.live.com
    	-U user@hotmail.com -P passwd -A someotheruser@hotmail.com
    public class Emailer
      private static final String SMTP_HOST_NAME = "smtp.live.com";
      private static final String SMTP_AUTH_USER = "mokee@live.com";
      private static final String SMTP_AUTH_PWD  = "spidermonkey";
      private static final String emailMsgTxt      = "Online Order Confirmation Message. Also include the Tracking Number.";
      private static final String emailSubjectTxt  = "HELEEEELEQWEWEQ!!!";
      private static final String emailFromAddress = "mokee@live.com";
      // Add List of Email address to who email needs to be sent to
      private static final String[] emailList = {"mokee@live.com"};
      public static void main(String emailBody) throws Exception
        Emailer smtpMailSender = new Emailer();
        smtpMailSender.postMail( emailList, emailSubjectTxt, emailBody, emailFromAddress);
        System.out.println("Sucessfully Sent mail to All Users");
      public void postMail( String recipients[ ], String subject, String message , String from) throws MessagingException {
         boolean debug = false;
         //Set the host smtp address
         Properties props = new Properties();
         props.put("mail.smtp.host", SMTP_HOST_NAME);
         props.put("mail.smtp.auth", "true");
        Authenticator auth = new SMTPAuthenticator();
        Session session = Session.getDefaultInstance(props, auth);
        // create a message
        Message msg = new MimeMessage(session);
        // set the from and to address
        InternetAddress addressFrom = new InternetAddress(from);
        InternetAddress[] addressTo = new InternetAddress[recipients.length];
        for (int i = 0; i < recipients.length; i++)
            addressTo[i] = new InternetAddress(recipients[i]);
        msg.setRecipients(Message.RecipientType.TO, addressTo);
        // Setting the Subject and Content Type
        msg.setContent(message, "text/plain");
    * SimpleAuthenticator is used to do simple authentication
    * when the SMTP server requires it.
    private class SMTPAuthenticator extends javax.mail.Authenticator
    	private Session createSmtpSession() {
    		  final Properties props = new Properties();
    		  props.setProperty("mail.smtp.host", "smtp.live.com");
    		  props.setProperty("mail.smtp.auth", "true");
    		  props.setProperty("mail.smtp.port", "" + 587);
    		  props.setProperty("mail.smtp.starttls.enable", "true");
    		  // props.setProperty("mail.debug", "true");
    		  return Session.getDefaultInstance(props, new javax.mail.Authenticator() {
    		    protected PasswordAuthentication getPasswordAuthentication() {
    		      return new PasswordAuthentication("mokee@live.com", "spidermonkey");

    However, whenever I run this I get the following error message:
    Exception in thread "main" javax.mail.AuthenticationFailedException: failed to connect, no password specified?
    	at javax.mail.Service.connect(Service.java:329)
    	at javax.mail.Service.connect(Service.java:176)
    	at javax.mail.Service.connect(Service.java:125)
    	at javax.mail.Transport.send0(Transport.java:194)
    	at javax.mail.Transport.send(Transport.java:124)
    	at client.Emailer.postMail(Emailer.java:102)
    	at client.Emailer.main(Emailer.java:67)
    	at client.RemoteFileClient.main(RemoteFileClient.java:28)

    I am relatively new to JavaMail and can not identify the problem. Can someone please lend me a hand?

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    Default Re: JavaMail Error: javax.mail.AuthenticationFailedException

    did you read the exception? it says no password specified, so I would look up how to tell your code what the password is.
    That being said I have never used JavaMail. So I don't know how why your String SMTP_AUTH_PWD = "xxxxxxxxxxxxxx";"
    never gets used properly.
    Last edited by JonLane; February 28th, 2012 at 12:56 AM.

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    Default Re: JavaMail Error: javax.mail.AuthenticationFailedException

    The SMTPAuthenticator is complex unnecessarily. It should override only the method getPasswordAuthentication().

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