John Bachir John Bachir - 7 months ago 97
Ruby Question

How can I send mail with rails without a template?

In my Rails 3 project, I want to send some simple notification emails. I don't need to make a template for them or do any logic. I just want to fire them off from various places in the system.

If I were doing this in an arbitrary ruby script I would use pony. However, I'd like to still use the rails mail facilities and configuration, so that I get the same reliability and setup that I have for the rest of the mail in my system.

What's the most simple way to do this? Ideally there would be some method like

ActionMailer.send(:to => 'foo@example.com', :subject =>"the subject", :body =>"this is the body")

KMG KMG
Answer

The simplest way to send mail in rails 3 without a template is to call the mail method of ActionMailer::Base directly followed by the deliver method,

For ex, the following would send a plain text e-mail:

ActionMailer::Base.mail(:from => "me@example.com", :to => "you@example.com", :subject => "test", :body => "test").deliver

http://api.rubyonrails.org/classes/ActionMailer/Base.html#method-i-mail gives you all the header options and also ideas about the how to send a multipart/alternative email with text/plain and text/html parts directly.

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