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Django Celery SES

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Django Email Backend with Amazon Web Service SES and Celery, developed and used by StreetVoice.

This packages provide a EmailBackend to utilize django-celery to send email. You can just plug the EmailBackend in your project without any modify with your code.

Since Amazon SES requires you to handle Bounce email from SNS notification, django-celery-ses also provides view to handle SNS notification for email address which is blacklisted in Amazon SES.

What is provided

  1. Celery EmailBackend
  2. SNS notification handler
  3. Blacklist to handle Bounce email


  1. Install from pip / easy_install
$ pip install django-celery-ses
  1. Add djcelery_ses to INSTALLED_APPS in
  1. migrate the database with South ( you have to install South )
$ ./ migrate
  1. Change the EMAIL_BACKEND
EMAIL_BACKEND = 'djcelery_ses.backends.CeleryEmailBackend'
  1. Add djcelery_ses in
urlpatterns = patterns('',
    (r'^djcelery_ses/', include('djcelery_ses.urls')),


django-celery-ses uses Amazon SES through SMTP, so you have add EMAIL_* configuration in


SERVER_EMAIL = 'StreetVoice <>'
DEFAULT_FROM_EMAIL = 'StreetVoice <>'

Besides these settings, you also have to setting the SES / SNS on AWS to make this package handle bounce mail for you.

How to use

All you have to do is use send_mail or EmailMessage just like the old time, you don't have to change your code.


This package handle Blacklist for you by default, but sometimes, maybe you want to bypass the "blacklist check", you can use pass_blacklist to pass the "backlist check" like this.

from djcelery_ses.utils import pass_blacklist
from django.core.mail import EmailMessage

with pass_blacklist:
    msg = EmailMessage('title', 'body content', '', [''])

or in some situations, you don't want the email to send through Celery queue, you can use no_delay, for example.

since version 0.9

from djcelery_ses.utils import no_delay
from django.core.mail import send_mail

with no_delay:
    send_mail('title', 'body content', '', [''])

with no_delay your email will send out directly without Celey queue.


In order to ensure your changed which can pass in local environment, please run the script:

make test