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The one and only django app to receive & send mail with templates and multiple configurations.

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The one and only django app to receive & send mail with templates and multiple configurations.



  • Everything django-mailbox has

  • Everything django-post-office has

  • Everything django-db-email-backend has

  • Database configurations - activate an outbox to send from, activate a mailbox to receive from

  • Templates

  • Translatable

  • Mailings - using send_many() or ‘cc’ and ‘bcc’ or even recipients - all of those accept comma-separated lists of emails



The full documentation is at


Q: What versions of Django/Python are supported? A: Take a look at

Install django mail admin:

pip install django_mail_admin

Add it to your INSTALLED_APPS:

  • Run migrate:

    python migrate django_mail_admin
  • Set django_mail_admin.backends.CustomEmailBackend as your EMAIL_BACKEND in django’s

    EMAIL_BACKEND = 'django_mail_admin.backends.CustomEmailBackend'
  • Set cron/Celery/RQ job to send/receive email, e.g.

    * * * * * (cd $PROJECT; python send_queued_mail --processes=1 >> $PROJECT/cron_mail.log 2>&1)
    * * * * * (cd $PROJECT; python get_new_mail >> $PROJECT/cron_mail_receive.log 2>&1)
    0 1 * * * (cd $PROJECT; python cleanup_mail --days=30 >> $PROJECT/cron_mail_cleanup.log 2>&1)

Custom Email Backends

By default, django_mail_admin uses custom Email Backends that looks up for Outbox models in database. If you want to use a different backend, you can do so by configuring BACKENDS, though you will not be able to use Outboxes and will have to set EMAIL_HOST etc. in django’s

For example if you want to use django-ses:

    'BACKENDS': {
        'default': 'django_mail_admin.backends.CustomEmailBackend',
        'smtp': 'django.core.mail.backends.smtp.EmailBackend',
        'ses': 'django_ses.SESBackend',

You can then choose what backend you want to use when sending mail:

# If you omit `backend_alias` argument, `default` will be used

# If you want to send using `ses` backend

Capture outgoing emails into Outbox

If you want to store outgoing emails in the Outbox before they are submitted to the backend, set django_mail_admin.backends.OutboxEmailBackend as your EMAIL_BACKEND in django’s


Emails submitted using django.core.mail.send_mail will be stored in the Outbox with the default backend selected for use when sending.

The emails will remain in the Outbox until send_queued_mail is run.

This can be used on development and test environments to capture emails so they are not sent automatically, and can be reviewed in Django Admin to ensure the contents are correct.

Optional requirements

  1. django_admin_row_actions for some useful actions in the admin interface

  2. requests & social-auth-app-django for Gmail


Q: Why did you write this?

A: In order to get both email sending & receiving you’ll have to install post_office AND django_mailbox. Even if you do, you’ll have to work on admin interface for it to look prettier, somehow link replies properly etc. So I’ve decided merging those two and clearing the mess in between them as well as adding some other useful features.

Q: Why did you remove support for Python 2?

A: Because f*ck python2. Really, it’s been 9 (NINE!) years since it came out. Go ahead and check out

Q: Why is it named django_mail_admin, what does it have to do with admin ?

A: Well, the first version of this package (which was living just in a really large was used for easy mail management using standard Django admin interface.

Q: What languages are available?

A: Currently there’s Russian and English languages available. Feel free to add yours:

source <YOURVIRTUALENV>/bin/activate
python makemessages -l YOUR_LOCALE -i venv
python compilemessages -l YOUR_LOCALE

Q: Why did you delete support for multi-lingual templates?

A: Well, we have django-model-translations for that. You can easily fork this app and override EmailTemplate model (models/ accordingly. I think there’s no need for such an overhead in a mail-related app.

Q: I don’t want my outgoing emails to be queued for sending after saving them in the admin interface, what do i do?

A: Just override OutgoingEmailAdmin’s save_model method.

Q: Can i get in touch with you? I want a new feature to be implemented/bug fixed!

A: Feel free to reach me out using issues and pull requests, I’ll review them all and answer when I can.

Running Tests

Does the code actually work?

source <YOURVIRTUALENV>/bin/activate
(myenv) $ pip install tox
(myenv) $ tox


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