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A Django app that allows you to log email activities and send mail asynchronously.

Project description

Django Post Office is a simple app that allows you to log email activities and asynchronously send emails in django. Supports HTML email.

The concept is similar to django-mailer and django-mailer-2. I maintained my own fork of django-mailer-2 here until I decided to make one from scratch because I wanted a cleaner code base.

post_office is implemented as a Django EmailBackend so you don’t need to change any of your code to start sending email asynchronously.

Dependencies

Installation

  • Install via pypi:

    pip install django-post_office
    
  • Add post_office to your INSTALLED_APPS in django’s settings.py:

    INSTALLED_APPS = (
        # other apps
        "post_office",
    )
    
  • Run syncdb:

    python manage.py syncdb
    
  • Set post_office.EmailBackend as your EMAIL_BACKEND in django’s settings.py:

    EMAIL_BACKEND = 'post_office.EmailBackend'
    

Usage

If you use post_office’s EmailBackend, it will automatically queue emails sent using django’s send_mail in the database.

To actually send them out, run python manage.py send_queued_mail. You can schedule this to run regularly via cron:

* * * * * (/usr/bin/python manage.py send_queued_mail >> send_mail.log 2>&1)

By default, post_office uses django’s SMTP EmailBackend. If you want to use a different backend, you can do so by changing POST_OFFICE_BACKEND.

For example if you want to use django-ses:

POST_OFFICE_BACKEND = 'django_ses.SESBackend'

You can view also queued emails along with their statuses if you have django’s admin interface enabled:

INSTALLED_APPS = (
    # ...
    'django.contrib.admin',
    # ...
)

Management Commands

  • send_queued_mail - send queued emails, those that aren’t successfully sent they will be marked as failed.
  • cleanup_mail - delete all emails created before an X number of days (defaults to 90).

You may want to set these up via cron to run regularly:

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

Lower Level Usage

post_office also comes with a send_mail command similar to django’s. It accepts two extra arguments, html_message and priority (high, medium, low or now).

Here’s how to use it:

from post_office import send_mail, PRIORITY
send_mail('subject', 'plaintext message', 'from@example.com', ['to@example.com'],
          '<p>HTML message</p>', priority=PRIORITY.medium)

post_office is also task queue friendly. Passing now as priority into send_mail will deliver the email right away, regardless of how many emails you have in your queue:

from post_office import send_mail, PRIORITY
send_mail('subject', 'plaintext message', 'from@example.com', ['to@example.com'],
          '<p>HTML message</p>', priority=PRIORITY.now)

This is useful if you already use something like django-rq to send emails asynchronously and only need to store email activities and logs.

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