NodeMailer NPM Tutorial

Send and receive email using NodeMailer in Node JS.

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The NodeMailer NPM package is a popular NodeJS library that can be used for sending. It's open source and has many GitHub stars! Let's see it in action:

NodeMailer requires access to an SMTP server, if you don't have access to one or need a frontend solution try MailSlurp's email API

Installing NodeMailer

First create a new NodeJS project with npm init -y. Then install NodeMailer from NPM with npm install --save nodemailer.

Next setup your SMTP connection

Import the npm nodemailer package and create a new instance.

const nodemailer = require("nodemailer");

NodeMailer uses the SMTP protocol to send emails. We need to configure the instance to connect to a mailbox with plain auth. Connect your SMTP server using username and password in conjunction with your mailserver's SMTP port and host:

const transporter = nodemailer.createTransport({
  host: "your-smtp-server",
  port: 587,
  secure: false,
  auth: {
    user: "smtp-user",
    pass: "smtp-password"

Host names and ports vary depending on the MailServer. Nodemailer uses the server you connect to in order to relay emails to the outside world.

Note: if you don't have access to an SMTP server use MailSlurp instead!

Sending emails

You can send emails as follows:

let info = await transporter.sendMail({
  from: "",
  to: ",",
  subject: "Hello",
  text: "Hello world",

What about receiving email?

Unfortunately NodeMailer can't easily receive emails but there are tons of email APIs out there to help.

With MailSlurp you can create test email addresses then receive emails in Javascript using them. Let's see it in action:

npm install --save mailslurp-client

Then create an inbox and wait for emails to be received.

const MailSlurp = require('mailslurp-client').default;
const mailslurp = new MailSlurp({ apiKey });
const inbox = await mailslurp.createInbox();

Use the wait for methods to receive the email

const email = await mailslurp.waitForLatestEmail(, timeout);
// { body: "Hello world", subject: "Hello", }

Use SMTP servers with MailSlurp


Creating inboxes

You can create mailboxes in Javascript using MailSlurp.

const { id, emailAddress } = await mailslurp.createInbox();

Full example with sending and receiving

We can use the nodemailer npm package with MailSlurp to automate inbox access and email sending.

// create an inbox using MailSlurp client
const mailslurp = new MailSlurp({ apiKey: process.env.API_KEY! });
const inbox = await mailslurp.createInboxWithOptions({
  inboxType: CreateInboxDtoInboxTypeEnum.SMTP_INBOX,
// get smtp access details for mailbox
const server = await mailslurp.inboxController.getImapSmtpAccess({
// Create auth plain transport
const transport = nodemailer.createTransport({
  host: server.smtpServerHost,
  port: server.smtpServerPort,
  secure: false,
  auth: {
    user: server.smtpUsername,
    pass: server.smtpPassword,
    type: 'PLAIN',
// Send email
const sent = await transport.sendMail({
  from: inbox.emailAddress,
  to: inbox.emailAddress,
  subject: 'Test outbound email',
  text: 'Can I send on behalf?',
  html: '<b>Hello world</b>',

Note that we created a new temporary email address on demand using the MailSlurp SDK, then we fetched the SMTP credentials and connected Nodemailer to our server instance. To control email accounts in code see the developer guide.