Get Advice Icon

Need advice about which tool to choose?Ask the StackShare community!

MailCatcher
MailCatcher

9
5
+ 1
0
MailHog
MailHog

7
2
+ 1
0
Add tool

MailCatcher vs MailHog: What are the differences?

Developers describe MailCatcher as "An email testing tool". It runs a super simple SMTP server which catches any message sent to it to display in a web interface. It catches all mail and stores it for display. It shows HTML, Plain Text and Source version of messages, as applicable. On the other hand, MailHog is detailed as "Web and API based SMTP testing". It is an email testing tool for developers. You can configure your application to use MailHog for SMTP delivery. You can view messages in the web UI, or retrieve them with the JSON API.

MailCatcher and MailHog belong to "Email Testing" category of the tech stack.

Some of the features offered by MailCatcher are:

  • Runs as a daemon in the background, optionally in foreground. Sendmail-analogue command
  • catchmail, makes using mailcatcher from PHP a lot easier
  • Keyboard navigation between messages

On the other hand, MailHog provides the following key features:

  • ESMTP server implementing RFC5321
  • Support for SMTP AUTH (RFC4954) and PIPELINING (RFC2920)
  • Web interface to view messages (plain text, HTML or source)

MailCatcher and MailHog are both open source tools. MailHog with 5.16K GitHub stars and 342 forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than MailCatcher with 4.74K GitHub stars and 457 GitHub forks.

What is MailCatcher?

It runs a super simple SMTP server which catches any message sent to it to display in a web interface. It catches all mail and stores it for display. It shows HTML, Plain Text and Source version of messages, as applicable.

What is MailHog?

It is an email testing tool for developers. You can configure your application to use MailHog for SMTP delivery. You can view messages in the web UI, or retrieve them with the JSON API.
Get Advice Icon

Need advice about which tool to choose?Ask the StackShare community!

Why do developers choose MailCatcher?
Why do developers choose MailHog?
    Be the first to leave a pro
      Be the first to leave a pro
        Be the first to leave a con
          Be the first to leave a con
          What companies use MailCatcher?
          What companies use MailHog?

          Sign up to get full access to all the companiesMake informed product decisions

          What tools integrate with MailCatcher?
          What tools integrate with MailHog?
          What are some alternatives to MailCatcher and MailHog?
          Litmus
          Litmus is a testing service for web and marketing professionals. It allows people to cross-browser test their websites, and test their email newsletters across a range of email clients and spam filters.
          Mailtrap
          Fake SMTP server for development teams to test, view and share emails sent from the development and staging environments without spamming real customers.
          Email on Acid
          Email on Acid is the most affordable, self-serve email testing platform in the world. We can help you maximize the success of your email marketing efforts by diagnosing and improving your renderability, deliverability, click-throughs and conversions.
          Premailer
          For the best HTML e-mail delivery results, CSS should be inline. This is a huge pain and a simple newsletter becomes un-managable very quickly. This script is the solution.
          Mailinator
          Mailinator is a disposable email service that allows QA departments to test with 1000's of inboxes.
          See all alternatives
          Decisions about MailCatcher and MailHog
          No stack decisions found
          Interest over time
          Reviews of MailCatcher and MailHog
          No reviews found
          How developers use MailCatcher and MailHog
          No items found
          How much does MailCatcher cost?
          How much does MailHog cost?
          Pricing unavailable
          Pricing unavailable
          News about MailCatcher
          More news
          News about MailHog
          More news