This page has developer documentation on the Zulip email system. If you're trying to configure your server to send email, you might be looking for our guide to sending outgoing email. If you're trying to configure an email integration to receive incoming email (e.g. so that users can reply to missed message emails via email), you might be interested in our instructions for setting up an email integration.
On to the documentation. Zulip's email system is fairly straightforward, with only a few things you need to know to get started.
- All email templates are in
templates/zerver/emails/. Each email has three template files:
<template_prefix>.html. Email templates, along with all other templates in the
templates/directory, are Jinja2 templates.
- Most of the CSS and HTML layout for emails is in
email_base.html. Note that email has to ship with all of its CSS and HTML, so nothing in
static/is useful for an email. If you're adding new CSS or HTML for an email, there's a decent chance it should go in
- All email is eventually sent by
zerver.lib.send_email.send_email. There are several other functions in
zerver.lib.send_email, but all of them eventually call the
send_emailfunction. The most interesting one is
ScheduledJobentries are eventually processed by a cron job that runs
- A good way to find a bunch of example email pathways is to
One slightly complicated decision you may have to make when adding an email is figuring out how to schedule it. There are 3 ways to schedule email.
- Send it immediately, in the current Django process, e.g. by calling
send_emaildirectly. An example of this is the
- Add it to a queue. An example is the
- Send it (approximately) at a specified time in the future, using
send_future_email. An example is the
Email takes about a quarter second per email to process and send. Generally speaking, if you're sending just one email, doing it in the current process is fine. If you're sending emails in a loop, you probably want to send it from a queue. Documentation on our queueing system is available here.
All emails are printed to the console in the development environment. A
great way to see what most of our emails look like (with fixture data) is by
emails/ in the browser.