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Sending email is a common task for web applications. AdonisJs official Mail Provider makes it so easy and intuitive to send emails using one of the available drivers.


Below is the list of available drivers and you are free to extend and add your custom drivers.

  1. SMTP (smtp).

  2. Amazon SES (ses).

  3. Mandrill (mandrill).

  4. MailGun (mailgun).

  5. Log (log)

The log driver is used when running tests since it will log emails to a file instead of sending it to the real people.


Mail provider is not part of the base installation, and you have to pull the package from npm and register the provider. Let’s do a quick 2min setup.

Install From Npm
npm i --save adonis-mail-provider

Next, we need to register the provider and setup an alias for same.

const providers = [
const aliases = {
  Mail: 'Adonis/Addons/Mail'


Also, a configuration file needs to be saved as config/mail.js. You can download the sample configuration from github or run the below bash command to save the file automatically.

Download using wget
wget -O config/mail.js

Basic Example

Let’s take a basic example of sending a welcome email to the newly registered user. We need to set up a route and a view before sending the email.

'use strict'

const Route = use('Route')'users', '')
'use strict'

const Mail = use('Mail')
const User = use('App/Model/User')

class UsersController {

  * store (request, response) {
    const user = yield User.create(userDetails) (1)

    yield Mail.send('emails.welcome', user, (message) => {, user.firstname)
      message.subject('Welcome to the Kitten\'s World')
    }) (2)
1 Make sure to validate the user details before saving them to the DB.
2 The Mail.send method will send the email by accepting a path to the view as the 1st parameter.
Creating emails.welcome view
./ace make:view emails/welcome
<h2> Heya {{ firstname}} </h2>

<p> Welcome to the kitten's world. We will be sharing lots of cute kittens with you soon</p>

Mail Methods

Below is the list of methods to be used for sending emails.

send(view, data, callback, [configKey])

The send method will compile a view with given data and send it as HTML. Attached callback gives you the access to the message builder to define email properties.

yield Mail.send('receipt', {name: 'Doe', amount: 22}, message => {
  // ...

raw(body, callback, [configKey])

Send email using raw text, instead of using a view.

yield Mail.raw('Your security code is 301030', message => {
  message.from('')'', 'Doe')

Message Builder

Message Builder makes it super easy to chain methods and build the message body. The message argument passed to the Mail.send the method is an instance of message builder and below is the list of methods you can call on it.

from(email, [name])

yield Mail.send('receipt', {}, message => {
  message.from('', 'AdonisJs')

sender(email, [name])

yield Mail.send('receipt', {}, message => {
  message.sender('', 'AdonisJs')

replyTo(email, [name])

yield Mail.send('receipt', {}, message => {

to(email, [name])

yield Mail.send('receipt', {}, message => {'', 'John Doe')

cc(email, [name])

yield Mail.send('receipt', {}, message => {'', 'Jamie Doe')

bcc(email, [name])

yield Mail.send('receipt', {}, message => {


yield Mail.send('receipt', {}, message => {
  message.subject('Recent purchase receipt')

priority(level) Set priority for the email. It needs to be one of the following:

  • high

  • low

  • normal


header(key, value)

message.header('x-id', 1)


message.header([{ key: 'x-id', value: 1 }])

attach(filePath, [options])

Attach a file to the email

message.attach(path.join(__dirname, '/assets/logo.png'))
message.attach(path.join(__dirname, '/assets/logo.png'), { filename: 'MyLogo.png' })
Table 1. Attachment Options
Key Type Description



Name of the file. If not defined, will be picked from the file path.



Attachment Content type. If not defined, will be picked from the file extension.



Content-disposition, defaults to attachment.



Attachment encoding must from base64, hex and binary.

attachData(data, filename, [options])

Attach raw data as an attachment to the email.

Attachment options are same as the attach method.
message.attachData('some raw content', 'raw.txt')

embed(filePath, cid, [options])

Embed a file within the email body. The cid must be unique and is required so that you can reference it inside your HTML views.

message.embed(path.join(__dirname, '/assets/logo.png'), 'logo')
Embedding inside views
<img src="cid:logo" />


HTML of the email gets automatically created from the view. If for any reasons you want to override, make use of this method.

message.html('My custom html')


Set plaintext for the email. It is defined for the email clients which do not support HTML.

All popular email clients does support HTML.
message.text('A plaintext view')


Set HTML to be displayed for the Apple Watch.

message.watchHtml('Email body for apple watch')

Passing Multiple Views

You can define multiple views for HTML, Plain text and Apple watch by passing an array to the send method.

yield Mail.send(['welcome', 'welcome-text', 'welcome-watch'], {}, message => {
  // ...

Switching Drivers

The default driver defined inside the config file is used to send emails, but you can switch between drivers on runtime using the driver method.

const mandrill = Mail.driver('mandrill')

yield mandrill.send('emails.welcome', {}, message => {
  // ...

Adding New Drivers

You can also add new drivers to the Mail provider by extending it and here are some points to keep in mind.

  1. AdonisJs internally uses nodemailer to send emails. You can also wrap an existing nodemailer transport to a driver.

  2. Your driver must have a send method.

Let’s make use of nodemailer postmark transport to create a new driver and register it via IoC container.

Writing Driver

'use strict'

class PostMark {

  constructor (Config) {
    this.config = Config
    this.transport = this._createTransport('mail.postmark') (1)

  _createTransport (configKey) {
    const options = this.config.get(configKey) (2)
    const nodemailer = require('nodemailer')
    const postmarkTransport = require('nodemailer-postmark-transport')
    return nodemailer.createTransport(postmarkTransport(options)) (3)

  send (message, configKey) {
    const transport = configKey ? this._createTransport(configKey) : this.transport (4)
    return transport.sendMail(message) (5)

1 We create a default transport by calling _createTransport method and passing it the key to the config block.
2 Here we use the config provider get method to pull the configuration for the given key.
3 Next, we return an instance of nodemailer transport.
4 Inside send method we create transport if a user defines a different config key at runtime. Otherwise, we use the default transport.
5 Finally, we will send the email using the transport sendMail method.

Registering Driver

We are all set to register the driver by extending the Mail provider.

const Ioc = use('adonis-fold').Ioc
const Postmark = require('../src/PostMark')

Ioc.extend('Adonis/Addons/Mail', 'postmark', function (app) {
  const Config = app.use('Adonis/Src/Config')
  return new PostMark(Config)

Using PostMark Driver

yield Mail.driver('postmark').send('emails.welcome', {}, message => {
  // ...

Testing Emails

AdonisJs ships a Log Driver, which can be used when writing tests. Log driver will save all the emails to storage/logs/mail.eml file as a string. You can parse this file to make test assertions.