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Send e-mail to users having a localrole on the object

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Using content rules in Plone 3 it’s very easy to register for certain events and perform actions upon occurrence. One of these actions provided by Plone 3 is a mail action.

A limitation in the supplied mail action is that one can only provide fixed email addresses. But sometimes you’d like to send an email to a user having a certain role on the object that was involved in triggering the content rule.

An examplary use case and reason for creation of this package is the reviewer role. If an object in a certain location of the site is submitted for publication, you would like to inform the user that has the ‘reviewer’ role on this area of the site that a new document/object is available for review.

Before contentrules was available in Plone 3 the place to add this functionality was to to create a python script and attach it to the workflow ‘submit’ transition that was used for the objects.


Add collective.contentrules.mailtolocalrole to your buildout as an egg or from source. No (generic setup) installation is necessary.

Versions before 1.2 did not use the z3c.autoinclude plugin, so you would need to add the package to the zcml slug list of your [instance] section.


Go to the Plone Control Panel, select Content Rules and add a new Rule. Under ‘actions’ you now have a new option: Send email to users with local role.

Stability / feedback

this stand alone package has been derived from an implentation done during a customer project. It’s in production use, there are some tests, but it’s not 1.0 yet. Feedback is appreciated.

0.7 update: Several users have commented and sent feedback/patches. Thank you!


This contentrule only works on local roles. If you check for the review role and you have a user a or a group in your user settings defined as a reviewer as a global role, these will NOT be picked up.

Also, if you assign users a global review role, you cannot assign them a local role anymore because the Sharing tab will show an inherited sign instead of a checkbox.

Worse: if you first assign a user/group a local role and afterwards also give him a global role in the user settings in the Plone Control Panel, the local role will be hidden in the sharing tab of the content you’ve set the local role to, but will still be active in the background. The sharing tab won’t even show you the global role unless you explicitly search for the user (which is logical, otherwise every sharing tab woul be spammed with global roles). But when you remove the global role the local role will show up again.

This package was first designed for a use case with local roles, I hadn’t really thought of checking for global roles as well. We could add this feature in a future version if there is demand for it, but we would have to change the package name, collective.contentrules.mailtorole… ;-)


Most of this package has been directly copied from the mail action. Additions have been made to check for directly assigned local roles, acquired roles, fetching the e-mail To addresses from the user objects, modification of the control panel action, translations and tests.

1.3 (2012-10-18)

1.2 (2011-10-28)

1.1 (2011-01-07)

  • Fix the email from header that is generated from the portal owner if no from address is specified. Backported from 4.0.2 [fredvd]

  • Add subgroups support. If a group contains a subgroup that has members, these members will also be checked for having the local role. [lzdych]

1.0 (2010-12-04)

  • Fixed error when used on Plone 4: passing ‘From’ to secureSend is not needed in Plone 3 and breaks in Plone 4. [maurits]

0.7 (2008-12-05 Sinterklaas)

  • Added Italian localization [paulox]

  • Added Owner to role’s vocabulary [paulox]

  • Add check for empty user email address [fredvd]

  • If the localrole is added to a group, add all members of that group to the recipients list [Craig Swank]

0.6 (2008-10-02)

  • Fixed and added tests [fredvd]

  • Updated locales [fredvd]

0.5 unreleased

  • Add locales [fredvd]

  • Fix acquired roles checking & look up email addresses [fredvd]

  • Add checking for acquired roles [fredvd]

  • Import basic version from a client project [fredvd]

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