Sending emails using SMTP

This guide demonstrates how your Quarkus application can send emails using an SMTP server. This is a getting started guide. Check the Quarkus Mailer Reference documentation for more complete explanation about the mailer and its usage.


To complete this guide, you need:

  • Roughly 15 minutes

  • An IDE

  • JDK 11+ installed with JAVA_HOME configured appropriately

  • Apache Maven 3.8.1+

  • Optionally the Quarkus CLI if you want to use it

  • Optionally Mandrel or GraalVM installed and configured appropriately if you want to build a native executable (or Docker if you use a native container build)

  • The SMTP hostname, port and credentials, and an email address

  • cURL


In this guide, we will build an application:

  1. exposing an HTTP endpoint,

  2. sending email when the endpoint receives an HTTP request.

The application will demonstrate how to send emails using the imperative and reactive mailer APIs.

Attachments, inlined attachments, templating, testing and more advanced configuration are covered in the Mailer Reference documentation.


We recommend that you follow the instructions in the next sections and create the application step by step. However, you can go right to the completed example.

Clone the Git repository: git clone, or download an archive.

The solution is located in the mailer-quickstart directory.

Creating the Maven Project

First, we need a project. Open your browser to and select the following extensions:

  1. RESTEasy Reactive - we use it to expose our HTTP endpoint

  2. Mailer - which offer the possibility to send emails

  3. Qute - the Quarkus template engine

Alternatively, this link pre-configures the application. Click on "Generate your application", download the zip file and unzip it on your file system. Open the generated project in your IDE. In a terminal, navigate to the project and start dev mode:

quarkus dev
./mvnw quarkus:dev
./gradlew --console=plain quarkusDev

Implement the HTTP endpoint

First, create the src/main/java/org/acme/ file, with the following content:

package org.acme;

import io.quarkus.mailer.Mail;
import io.quarkus.mailer.Mailer;
import io.smallrye.common.annotation.Blocking;

import javax.inject.Inject;

@Path("/mail")                                                          (1)
public class MailResource {

    @Inject Mailer mailer;                                              (2)

    @GET                                                                (3)
    @Blocking                                                           (4)
    public void sendEmail() {
                Mail.withText("",                     (5)
                    "Ahoy from Quarkus",
                    "A simple email sent from a Quarkus application."

1 Configure the root path of our HTTP endpoint
2 Inject the Mailer object managed by Quarkus
3 Create a method that will handle the HTTP GET request on /mail
4 Because we are using RESTEasy Reactive and the imperative mailer, we need to add the @Blocking annotation. We will see later the reactive variant.
5 Create a Mail object by configuring the to recipient, the subject and body

The MailResource class implements the HTTP API exposed by our application. It handles GET request on `http://localhost:8080/mail.

So, if in another terminal, you run:

> curl http://localhost:8080/mail

You should see in the application log something like:

INFO  [quarkus-mailer] (executor-thread-0) Sending email Ahoy from Quarkus from null to [], text body:
A simple email sent from a Quarkus application.
html body:

As the application runs in dev mode, it simulates the sending of the emails. It prints it in the log, so you can check that what was about to be sent.

This section used the imperative mailer API. It blocks the caller thread until the mail is sent.

Using the reactive mailer

The last section use the imperative mailer. Quarkus also offers a reactive API.


The reactive mailer uses Mutiny reactive types. If you are not familiar with Mutiny, check Mutiny - an intuitive reactive programming library.

In the same class, add:

ReactiveMailer reactiveMailer;                          (1)

@Path("/reactive")                                      (2)
public Uni<Void> sendEmailUsingReactiveMailer() {       (3)
    return reactiveMailer.send(                         (4)
                    "Ahoy from Quarkus",
                    "A simple email sent from a Quarkus application using the reactive API."
1 Inject the reactive mailer. The class to import is io.quarkus.mailer.reactive.ReactiveMailer.
2 Configure the path to handle GET request on /mail/reactive. Note that because we are using the reactive API, we don’t need @Blocking
3 The method returns a Uni<Void> which completes when the mail is sent. It does not block the caller thread.
4 The API is similar to the imperative one except that the send method returns a Uni<Void>.

Now, in your terminal, run

> curl http://localhost:8080/mail/reactive

You should see in the application log something like:

INFO  [quarkus-mailer] (vert.x-eventloop-thread-11) Sending email Ahoy from Quarkus from null to [], text body:
A simple email sent from a Quarkus application using the reactive API.
html body:

Configuring the mailer

It’s time to configure the mailer to not simulate the sending of the emails. The Quarkus mailer is using SMTP, so make sure you have access to a SMTP server.

In the src/main/resources/ file, you need to configure the host, port, username, password as well as the other configuration aspect. Note that the password can also be configured using system properties and environment variables. See the configuration reference guide for details.

Here is an example using sendgrid:

# Your email address you send from - must match the "from" address from sendgrid.

# The SMTP host
# The SMTP port
# If the SMTP connection requires SSL/TLS
# Your username
# Your password

# By default, in dev mode, the mailer is a mock. This disables the mock and use the configured mailer.

Once you have configured the mailer, if you call the HTTP endpoint as shown above, you will send emails.


This guide has shown how to send emails from your Quarkus application. The mailer reference guide provides more details about the mailer usage and configuration such as: