Send and receive emails and attachments using MailSlurp

Use inbound and outbound email in code, mail-clients, or online dashboard. Add attachments, configure webhooks and gain SMTP access.

MailSlurp is a powerful email service for developers, QA testers, and email marketers. Create real email addresses on demand and then send and receive emails at scale in any platform or context you choose. Emails can be sent and received in numerous ways with MailSlurp. This post will cover some common uses.

Setup a mailbox

The key component of MailSlurp is the Inbox - a real email address that can be created and configured programmatically. The inbox type determines which sending and receiving methods are available. For SMTP and IMAP access ensure you use the SMTP inbox type. The same applies to domains if you are using a custom domain.

Create an inbox online

Login to the MailSlurp dashboard to create an inbox using the graphical interface.

create-inbox

Create an inbox in code

Use the REST API or developer SDK clients to create mailboxes in code and tests. Here is an example using the MailSlurp Javascript client:

const inbox = await mailslurp.createInbox();
expect(inbox.emailAddress).toContain('@mailslurp');

See the other SDK clients for examples in your preferred programming language.

Sending emails

You can send emails from any inbox you create in a variety of ways including the REST API, graphQL, SMTP and using the online mail client.

Send with email API

await mailslurp.sendEmail(inbox.id, {
  to: [recipientEmail],
  // can include names in addresses in the format below
  replyTo: '"Support" <support@my-ap.com>',
  // quote the property if a reserved word
  ['from']: inbox2.emailAddress,
});

See the API documentation for more information.

Send with queue system

Send emails using a pub/sub queue system to ensure delivery and enable recovery from failure. Use the sending options in the dashboard or in code:

queue

To send with a queue in code use the following methods:

await mailslurp.inboxController.sendEmailWithQueue({
  inboxId: inboxId,
  sendEmailOptions: {
    to: [recipient],
    subject: 'Sent with a queue',
    body:
      'Use queues to allow recovery of failed email ' +
      'sending when account reaches limits or has payment issues',
  },
  // validate before adding to queue to fail early
  validateBeforeEnqueue: false,
});

Emails send via a queue will be retried until delivery succeeds.

Queue documentation

Send with SMTP

Every SMTP inbox you create in MailSlurp can be controlled via SMTP. View the access details on the dashboard homepage:

smtp

Configure any SMTP client to use an inbox SMTP settings. Access the SMTP port, host, username and password using the getImapSmtpAccess method:

// 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({
  inboxId: inbox.id,
});
// 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>',
});

Read the SMTP tutorial for details.

Send with IMAP

Read the IMAP tutorial for details.

Send online in dashboard

Upload attachments and compose emails in the MailSlurp dashboard.

send templates

Receiving emails

MailSlurp runs SMTP mail servers that receive emails for your inbox email addresses. Emails are parsed and stored and made available via HTTP API, SMTP/IMAP, and online.

Receive via HTTP/S Webhooks

Have inbound emails sent to your server via secure HTTP/S webhooks backed by queues. Handle large inbound flow, respond to email events and recover from failures. Webhooks are the best way to process emails in production.

email webhook

See webhook documentation to start using webhooks.

Receive with API waitFor/match methods

Email is an asynchronous system as emails that are sent need to time to arrive. MailSlurp provides methods to wait for emails to arrive and conditions to be met. This way your tests can wait until an expected email is received and assert against it.

// return at least one unread email or wait 30 seconds for one to arrive
const [email] = await mailslurp.waitController.waitFor({
  waitForConditions: {
    inboxId: inbox.id!,
    count: 1,
    timeout: 30000,
    unreadOnly: true,
  },
});

See the wait for guide and email matching documentation.

Receive email in SMTP/IMAP

Connect your SMTP client or IMAP mail software to MailSlurp using the SMTP/IMAP credentials assigned to each inbox. See the IMAP/SMTP documentation for more information.

Read email online in dashboard

View your inboxes in the web app interface. Click the emails tab in the sidebar or view emails within an inbox:

view mailboxes

Clicking on an email will open the full message and show the email.

download email online

You can also view the raw SMTP message, spam analysis, recipients, headers and more on the email page.

Sent emails and delivery status

Each email you send creates a sent email entity and a delivery status record. Here is a preview in the dashboard of the sent email page.

sent email table

Sent emails

Sent emails can be viewed in the dashboard or downloaded using the API.

sent email view

Delivery statuses

When an email sending attempt is made the transaction result is saved as a delivery status that contains the SMTP mail server IP address and response status for debugging.

email delivery status

You can see all the sent statuses in the dashboard or using the API endpoints.

SMTP mail delivery statuses

Email open tracking

MailSlurp can report delivery status and email open events using embedded pixels sent with emails that log opening.

Create tracking pixel

See documentation

Send with tracking

See documentation

View email open results

See documentation

Contact lists

See documentation

Creating contacts

See documentation

Creating group lists

See documentation

Send emails from lists and groups

See documentation

Templates

Email templates allow transactional email marketing campaigns with variable replacement. Create templates with moustache {{var}} variables and then set the field values when sending to replace the variables in the email.

Create templates

Create an email template in the dashboard or using the API. You can include variables using moustache style templating.

await mailslurp.templateController.createTemplate({
  createTemplateOptions: {
    name: 'Welcome',
    content: 'Welcome to our app',
  },
});

Or in the dashboard:

create a template

After creating a template you will see the detecting variables and types:

view a template

Variable syntax

If you want to use variables in your templates simple wrap each variable in double curly braces:

const template = await mailslurp.templateController.createTemplate({
  createTemplateOptions: {
    name: 'Welcome email',
    content: 'Hello {{firstName}}. Welcome to {{brandName}}.',
  },
});
expect(template.id).toBeTruthy();
expect(template.variables).toEqual([
  {
    name: 'firstName',
    variableType: TemplateVariableVariableTypeEnum.STRING,
  },
  {
    name: 'brandName',
    variableType: TemplateVariableVariableTypeEnum.STRING,
  },
]);

Send templated emails

Send templated emails by passing the templateId and templateVariables in the send email options API calls:

const templateObject = await mailslurp.templateController.getTemplate({
  templateId,
});
expect(templateObject.content).toContain(
  'Hello {{firstName}}. Welcome to {{brandName}}.'
);
const sent = await mailslurp.sendEmail(inboxId, {
  to: [emailAddress],
  subject: 'Welcome {{firstName}}',
  template: templateId,
  templateVariables: {
    firstName: 'Sally',
    brandName: 'My Company',
  } as any,
});
expect(sent.subject).toContain('Welcome Sally');
expect(sent.body).toContain('Hello Sally. Welcome to My Company.');

Or in the dashboard when composing: select a template

Variables can be provided directly or implicitly from contact group firstName and lastName properties.

use a template

Verification and bounces

See documentation

Managing bounce-backs

See documentation

Verify and filter recipients

See documentation

Attachments

See documentation

Uploading attachments

See documentation

Sending attachments

See documentation

Downloading attachments

See documentation

Spam analysis and content validation

See documentation

Reply and forward

See documentation

Inbox configuration

See documentation

Ruleset routing

Guide to routing rules

Auto-forwarding

See documentation

Virtual inboxes

See documentation

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