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Like django-notifications, but just for sending plain emails. Written because it is annoying to fork other apps just to make an email into an HTML email

Project Description

This app abstracts the sending of emails in a way so that it is possible to switch from plain text emails to html emails, even if you are using third party apps. It does this by using a very similar mechanism as django-notifications.

Each email gets a folder. In this folder one can put:

  • short.txt (for the subject)
  • email.txt (for the plain text email)
  • email.html (optional, if an HTML email should also be sent)

A good practice is to put all emails in an emails/ folder within your templates folder, so it is easy to see what emails are being sent by your system.

Recipients can either be an array of emails (as strings) or users. If you pass users it will also try to find the users stored language (accounts.Account.language in pinax) and send it using it.

Sending an emails works like this:

from templated_emails.utils import send_templated_email
send_templated_email([""], "emails/invite_friends", {"my_variable":"blafoo"})


user = User.objects.get(pk=1)
# this will try to switch to the correct language of the user
send_templated_email([user], "emails/invite_friends", {"my_variable":"blafoo"})

The system will add current_site (the Site object of the Django Project) and STATIC_URL (for linking in static content) to the context of your templates.


Similar to django-notification the system will try to look for the language the user has set in his Account (but can be configured to other Models using settings.NOTIFICATION_LANGUAGE_MODULE) to server the right language to each user.

Inline CSS Rules

Inline CSS Rules are annoying and tedious, but a neccessity if you want to support all email clients. Since 0.3 pynliner is included that will take the CSS from the HEAD and put it into each element that matches the rule

There is a toggle you can set in to turn this feature on or off: TEMPLATEDEMAILS_USE_PYNLINER = False is the default value.


Pynliner can be quite slow when inlining CSS. You can move all the execution to Celery with this setting (default is False):


Please note that the given context is passed to Celery unchanged.


pip install -e


pip install templated-emails


  • pynliner
  • cssutils

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