Send emails via Amazon Simple Email Service (SES) with REST-like interface

0.8.9 2017-01-05 03:56 UTC

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Amazon Simple Email Service provides a simple way to send e-mails without having to maintain your own mail server. Those PHP classes use the REST-based interface to that service.

This repository is a fork from version 0.8.2 of the original classes developed by Dan Myers Read the old docs here

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Install the latest version with

composer require daniel-zahariev/php-aws-ses

Basic Usage


require_once 'vendor/autoload.php';

$m = new SimpleEmailServiceMessage();
$m->setSubject('Hello, world!');
$m->setMessageFromString('This is the message body.');

$ses = new SimpleEmailService('AccessKey', 'SecretKey');

// Successful response should print something similar to:
//     [MessageId] => 0000012dc5e4b4c0-b2c566ad-dcd0-4d23-bea5-f40da774033c-000000
//     [RequestId] => 4953a96e-29d4-11e0-8907-21df9ed6ffe3



$m = new SimpleEmailServiceMessage();
// Add many Recipients
$m->addTo(array('dwight@example.com', 'angela@example.com'));

// You can either add one by one or pass an array to 'To' and 'CC'
$m->addCC(array('kelly@example.com', 'ryan@example.com'));

// And 'BCC' and 'Reply-To' as well
$m->addBCC(array('kevin@example.com', 'oscar@example.com'));
$m->addReplyTo(array('stanley@example.com', 'erin@example.com'));

// Also add names to any of the Recipients lists
$m->addTo('Jim Carrey <jim@example.com>');

Message body


// Additionally you can set the content of the email via:

// And have both Text and HTML version with:
$m->setMessageFromString($text, $html);
$m->setMessageFromFile($textfilepath, $htmlfilepath);
$m->setMessageFromURL($texturl, $htmlurl);

// Remember that setMessageFromString, setMessageFromFile, and setMessageFromURL are mutually exclusive.
// If you call more than one, then whichever call you make last will be the message used.

// You can also set the encoding of the Subject and the Message Body

The default is UTF-8 if you do not specify a charset, which is usually the right setting. You can read more information in the SES API documentation



$m->addAttachmentFromData('my_text_file.txt', 'Simple content', 'text/plain');
$m->addAttachmentFromFile('my_PFD_file.pdf', '/path/to/pdf/file', 'application/pdf');

// SendRawEmail is explicitly used when there are attachments:
// Sending raw email can be enforsed with:
$ses->sendEmail($m, $use_raw_request = true);

// Now you can add an inline file in the message
$m->addAttachmentFromFile('logo.png','path/to/logo.png','application/octet-stream', '<logo.png>' , 'inline');
// and use it in the html version of the e-mail: <img src='cid:logo.png' />

Sending Bulk Messages

When hundreds of emails have to be sent in bulk it's best to use the Bulk mode which essentially reuses a CURL handler and reduces the number of SSL handshakes and this gives a better performance.


// Enable bulk sending mode (reuse of CURL handler)

// Send the messages
foreach($messages as $message) {

// Disable bulk sending mode

API Endpoints

Few Regions and Amazon SES endpoints are available and they can be used like this:


$region_endpoint = SimpleEmailService::AWS_US_EAST_1;
$ses = new SimpleEmailService('AccessKey', 'SecretKey', $region_endpoint);

Helper Methods


// Get the addresses that have been verified in your AWS SES account
// Delete a verified address
// Send a confirmation email in order to verify a new email

// Get Send Quota
// Get Send Statistics

See the documentation on GetSendQuota and GetSendStatistics for more information on these calls.


By default when Amazon SES API returns an error it will be triggered with trigger_error:


// Set the default behaviour for handling errors
$trigger_error = true;
$ses = new SimpleEmailService('AccessKey', 'SecretKey', $region_endpoint, $trigger_error);

// Or overwrite the main setting on a single call
$use_raw_request = false;
$trigger_error = false;
$ses->sendEmail($m, $use_raw_request, $trigger_error);



  • Issues fixed: #24, #25, #30, #31
  • added a method setBulkMode in SimpleEmailService which can enable reuse of SimpleEmailServiceRequest object for bulk sending of requests to AWS SES
  • new methods in SimpleEmailService: getVerifyPeer, setVerifyPeer, getVerifyHost, setVerifyHost, getBulkMode, setBulkMode, getRequestHandler (protected)
  • methods marked as deprecated in SimpleEmailService: enableVerifyHost, enableVerifyPeer, verifyHost, verifyPeer
  • new methods in SimpleEmailServiceMessage: clearTo, clearCC, clearBCC, clearReplyTo, clearRecipients
  • new methods in SimpleEmailServiceRequest: setVerb, clearParameters, getCurlHandler (protected)
  • updated validate method in SimpleEmailServiceMessage
  • added some phpDocumentor blocks


  • Minor updates


  • Removed dummy code
  • Removed version from source files


  • A few issues are fixed #9, #10, #10
  • Pull request for Adding an inline file is merged
  • Pull request for fixing a 'From: ' field error with Raw messages is merged
  • Composer file added and submited to Packagist.org
  • Triggering an error is now optional (on by default)
  • Added class constants in SimpleEmailService for easy selection of region API endpoint


  • Added method addCustomHeader to class SimpleEmailServiceMessage for adding custom headers when the SendRawEmail call is used (#7)
  • SendRawEmail method can be enforced with a new parameter of sendEmail function
  • Recipients are now base64 encoded by default when the format is Name <Email> (#3)
  • Most of the notices should be cleared now (#5)


  • Made automatic use of SendRawEmail REST API call when there are attachments


  • Inital impport

Todo List

  • Fully document the class methods with phpdoc tags
  • Build documentation with phpDocumentor
  • Move examples to files
  • Make a Composer package
  • Allow X-Headers usage