Version 0.2 of mailer module released

I updated my mailer module (blogged about here) to version 0.2, and also uploaded it to pyPI.

Improvements in this version:

  • Default arguments in Message.__init__() method
  • Support for non-ascii charsets (in body and subject)
  • Support for Python 2.4

With the support for non-ascii encodings, you can now do this:

from mailer import Mailer
from mailer import Message

mailer = Mailer('')

msg = Message(From="", To="")
msg.Subject = "テキストメール"
msg.Body = "これは、日本語のキストメールでございます。"
msg.charset = "utf-8"


And the Message instance will properly encode the subject line and message body. Note that there's currently no support for Unicode strings; you've got to pass in encoded strings.

Thanks to everyone who provided feedback on this module.

The mailer module also has a home page.

The full code of the new module is below.

#coding: UTF8
mailer module

Simple front end to the smtplib and email modules,
to simplify sending email.

A lot of this code was taken from the online examples in the
email module documentation:

Released under MIT license.

Sample code:

import mailer

message = mailer.Message()
message.From = ""
message.To = ""
message.Subject = "
My Vacation"
message.Body = open("
letter.txt", "rb").read()

mailer = mailer.Mailer('')

import smtplib

# this is to support name changes
# from version 2.4 to version 2.5
    from email import encoders
    from email.header import make_header
    from email.message import Message
    from import MIMEAudio
    from email.mime.base import MIMEBase
    from email.mime.image import MIMEImage
    from email.mime.multipart import MIMEMultipart
    from email.mime.text import MIMEText
except ImportError:
    from email import Encoders as encoders
    from email.Header import make_header
    from email.MIMEMessage import Message
    from email.MIMEAudio import MIMEAudio
    from email.MIMEBase import MIMEBase
    from email.MIMEImage import MIMEImage
    from email.MIMEMultipart import MIMEMultipart
    from email.MIMEText import MIMEText

# For guessing MIME type based on file name extension
import mimetypes

from os import path

__version__ = "0.2"
__author__ = "Ryan Ginstrom"
__license__ = "MIT"
__description__ = "A module to send email simply in Python"

class Mailer(object):
    Represents an SMTP connection.

    Use login() to log in with a username and password.

    def __init__(self, host="localhost"): = host
        self._usr = None
        self._pwd = None

    def login(self, usr, pwd):
        self._usr = usr
        self._pwd = pwd

    def send(self, msg):
        Send one message or a sequence of messages.

        Every time you call send, the mailer creates a new
        connection, so if you have several emails to send, pass
        them as a list:
        mailer.send([msg1, msg2, msg3])
        server = smtplib.SMTP(

        if self._usr and self._pwd:
            server.login(self._usr, self._pwd)

            num_msgs = len(msg)
            for m in msg:
                self._send(server, m)
        except TypeError:
            self._send(server, msg)


    def _send(self, server, msg):
        Sends a single message using the server
        we created in send()
        me = msg.From
        you = [x.strip() for x in msg.To.split(",")]
        server.sendmail(me, you, msg.as_string())

class Message(object):
    Represents an email message.

    Set the To, From, Subject, and Body attributes as
    plain-text strings. Optionally, set the Html attribute
    to send an HTML email, or use the attach() method
    to attach files.

    Use the charset property to send messages using other
    than us-ascii

    If you specify an attachments argument, it should be a
    list of attachment filenames: ["file1.txt", "file2.txt"]

    Send using the Mailer class.

    def __init__(self, To=None, From=None, Subject=None,
                    Body=None, Html=None, attachments=None,
        self.attachments = attachments or []
        self._to = To
        self.From = From
        self.Subject = Subject
        self.Body = Body
        self.Html = Html
        self.charset = charset or 'us-ascii'

    def _get_to(self):
        Making this a property so we can be permissive about
        how to set the "
To" field, i.e.
        me;you/me,you/me; you/me, you
        addrs = self._to.replace(";", ",").split(",")
        return ", ".join([x.strip()
                          for x in addrs])
    def _set_to(self, to):
        self._to = to

    To = property(_get_to, _set_to,
                  doc="""The recipient(s) of the email.
                  Separate multiple recipients with
                  commas or semicolons"

    def as_string(self):
        """Get the email as a string to send in the mailer"""

        if not self.attachments:
            return self._plaintext()
            return self._multipart()

    def _plaintext(self):
        """Plain text email with no attachments"""

        if not self.Html:
            msg = MIMEText(self.Body, 'plain', self.charset)
            msg  = self._with_html()

        return msg.as_string()

    def _with_html(self):
        """There's an html part"""

        outer = MIMEMultipart('alternative')

        part1 = MIMEText(self.Body, 'plain', self.charset)
        part2 = MIMEText(self.Html, 'html', self.charset)


        return outer

    def _set_info(self, msg):
        if self.charset == 'us-ascii':
            msg['Subject'] = self.Subject
            subject = unicode(self.Subject, self.charset)
            msg['Subject'] = str(make_header([(subject,
        msg['From'] = self.From
        msg['To'] = self.To

    def _multipart(self):
        """The email has attachments"""

        msg = MIMEMultipart()

        msg.attach(MIMEText(self.Body, 'plain', self.charset))

        msg.preamble = self.Subject

        for filename in self.attachments:
            self._add_attachment(msg, filename)
        return msg.as_string()

    def _add_attachment(self, outer, filename):
        ctype, encoding = mimetypes.guess_type(filename)
        if ctype is None or encoding is not None:
            # No guess could be made, or the file is encoded
            # (compressed), so use a generic bag-of-bits type.
            ctype = 'application/octet-stream'
        maintype, subtype = ctype.split('/', 1)
        fp = open(filename, 'rb')
        if maintype == 'text':
            # Note: we should handle calculating the charset
            msg = MIMEText(, _subtype=subtype)
        elif maintype == 'image':
            msg = MIMEImage(, _subtype=subtype)
        elif maintype == 'audio':
            msg = MIMEAudio(, _subtype=subtype)
            msg = MIMEBase(maintype, subtype)
            # Encode the payload using Base64
        # Set the filename parameter
        msg.add_header('Content-Disposition', 'attachment',

    def attach(self, filename):
        Attach a file to the email. Specify the name of
        the file; Message will figure out the MIME type
        and load the file.


6 comments to Version 0.2 of mailer module released

  • It seems to me that it’s inherently fragile to keep the To-list (recipients) as a single string. What if I’m sending a message to ‘”Sammy Davis, Jr.” ‘? The quote-escaping is tricky (and probably already handled by the email package).

    How about accepting a list of strings, and storing the list?

  • @David

    Good point. I think I’ll change the API spec so that “To” can be a string or an iterable, and if it’s a string, it’s assumed to be one address.

  • MordicusEtCubitus

    I think the example should be rewrite has:

    from mailer import Mailer
    from mailer import Message

    *server* = Mailer(‘’)

    msg = Message(From=””, To=””)
    msg.Subject = “テキストメール”
    msg.Body = “これは、日本語のキストメールでございます。”
    msg.charset = “utf-8″


    Because when customizing the example, and write this:
    new_msg = mailer.Message()
    we’ve got an error attribute because mailer variable override the mailer module

  • @MordicusEtCubitus

    You’re quite right. I did fix this on the module’s pypi page, and I plan to fix the example in my next code update.

  • I just updated mailer to version 0.3. Please see the mailer home page for the latest version, documentation, and code samples.

  • Pablo

    I’ve used the version 0.5 with Python 2.6. For send messages to, by example, Gmail, you need a line like this “server.starttls()” before the login command.
    The module is great!

    p/d: sorry for my english .. :(

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