Dan Dan - 11 months ago 37
PHP Question

PHP Sending Large Amounts of Email to Amazon SES

I have an online software that sends emails to Amazon SES. Currently I have a cron job that sends the emails via the SMTP with phpmailer to send the messages. Currently I have to max the send limit to around 300 every minute to make sure my server doesn't time out. We see growth and eventually I'd like to send out to 10,000 or more.

Is there a better way to send to Amazon SES, or is this what everyone else does, but with just more servers running the workload?

Thanks in advance!

Answer Source

You can try using the AWS SDK for PHP. You can send emails through the SES API, and the SDK allows you to send multiple emails in parallel. Here is a code sample (untested and only partially complete) to get you started.

<?php

require 'vendor/autoload.php';

use Aws\Ses\SesClient;
use Guzzle\Service\Exception\CommandTransferException;

$ses = SesClient::factory(/* ...credentials... */);

$emails = array();
// @TODO SOME SORT OF LOGIC THAT POPULATES THE ABOVE ARRAY

$emailBatch = new SplQueue();
$emailBatch->setIteratorMode(SplQueue::IT_MODE_DELETE);

while ($emails) {
    // Generate SendEmail commands to batch
    foreach ($emails as $email) {
        $emailCommand = $ses->getCommand('SendEmail', array(
            // GENERATE COMMAND PARAMS FROM THE $email DATA
        ));
        $emailBatch->enqueue($emailCommand);
    }

    try {
        // Send the batch
        $successfulCommands = $ses->execute(iterator_to_array($emailBatch));
    } catch (CommandTransferException $e) {
        $successfulCommands = $e->getSuccessfulCommands();
        // Requeue failed commands
        foreach ($e->getFailedCommands() as $failedCommand) {
            $emailBatch->enqueue($failedCommand);
        }
    }

    foreach ($successfulCommands as $command) {
        echo 'Sent message: ' . $command->getResult()->get('MessageId') . "\n";
    }
}

// Also Licensed under version 2.0 of the Apache License.

You could also look into using the Guzzle BatchBuilder and friends to make it more robust.

There are a lot of things you will need to fine tune with this code, but you may be able to achieve higher throughput of emails.

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