[INACTIVE/UNMAINTAINED] Djrill is an email backend and new message class for Django users that want to take advantage of the Mandrill transactional email service from MailChimp.
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Djrill: Mandrill Transactional Email for Django

Djrill integrates the Mandrill transactional email service into Django.


As of April, 2016, Djrill is no longer actively maintained (other than security updates). It is likely to keep working unless/until Mandrill changes their APIs, but Djrill will not be updated for newer Django versions or Mandrill changes. (more info)

You may be interested in django-anymail, a Djrill fork that supports Mailgun, Postmark, SendGrid, and other transactional ESPs (including limited support for Mandrill).

In general, Djrill "just works" with Django's built-in django.core.mail package. It includes:

  • Support for HTML, attachments, extra headers, and other features of Django's built-in email
  • Mandrill-specific extensions like tags, metadata, tracking, and MailChimp templates
  • Optional support for Mandrill inbound email and other webhook notifications, via Django signals

Djrill is released under the BSD license. It is tested against Django 1.4--1.9 (including Python 3 with Django 1.6+, and PyPy support with Django 1.5+). Djrill uses semantic versioning.

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Djrill 1-2-3

  1. Install Djrill from PyPI:

    $ pip install djrill
  2. Edit your project's settings.py:

    MANDRILL_API_KEY = "<your Mandrill key>"
    EMAIL_BACKEND = "djrill.mail.backends.djrill.DjrillBackend"
    DEFAULT_FROM_EMAIL = "you@example.com"  # if you don't already have this in settings
  3. Now the regular Django email functions will send through Mandrill:

    from django.core.mail import send_mail
    send_mail("It works!", "This will get sent through Mandrill",
        "Djrill Sender <djrill@example.com>", ["to@example.com"])

    You could send an HTML message, complete with custom Mandrill tags and metadata:

    from django.core.mail import EmailMultiAlternatives
    msg = EmailMultiAlternatives(
        subject="Djrill Message",
        body="This is the text email body",
        from_email="Djrill Sender <djrill@example.com>",
        to=["Recipient One <someone@example.com>", "another.person@example.com"],
        headers={'Reply-To': "Service <support@example.com>"} # optional extra headers
    msg.attach_alternative("<p>This is the HTML email body</p>", "text/html")
    # Optional Mandrill-specific extensions:
    msg.tags = ["one tag", "two tag", "red tag", "blue tag"]
    msg.metadata = {'user_id': "8675309"}
    # Send it:

See the full documentation for more features and options.