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ZF2 Module to help with generating and sending HTML email templates

0.1.0 2016-03-17 23:16 UTC

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This module is intended to make sending template based transactional email easier using the ZF2 view layer.


Install with composer netglue/mail-template-module and add the module to your project using the name 'NetglueMail'.


The module can be provided with some reasonable defaults so that you don’t have to setup every mail message with a global sender and it also requires access to a standard Zend\Mail\Transport\TransportInterface instance. This should be congfigured as a service name so you might have to create a factory to return your transport or use SlmMail if you want to send with SES, SendGrid, MailGun et al.

Setup the View Manager

Make sure you know and have setup the templates you want to send mail with. You can use layouts, globally or on a per message basis and use different layouts for text and HTML.

'view_manager' => [
    'template_map' => [
        'email/layout/html'   => __DIR__ . '/path/to/html-layout.phtml',
        'email/layout/plain'  => __DIR__ . '/path/to/plain-layout.phtml',
        'email/contact/plain' => __DIR__ . '/path/to/plain.txt',
        'email/contact/html'  => __DIR__ . '/path/to/html.html',

Configure Defaults

The defaults available are:

'netglue_mail' => [
    'defaultSender'     => '',
    'defaultSenderName' => 'Fred Bloggs',
     * Names of default layouts to apply to all messages
    'defaultLayout' => 'some-html-layout',
    'textLayout'    => 'some-plaintext-layout',
     * Service Name of the transport to use to send generated messages
     * If unpecified, messages are sent using \Zend\Mail\Transport\InMemory
    'transport' => null,
     * Associative array of message headers to apply to all messages
    'defaultHeaders' => [
        'X-Mailer' => 'Netglue Mail Template Module',

Configure named message types

Messages are an associative array keyed by the name of the 'message type'. Most of the message options can be related directly to methods available in \Zend\Mail\Message so the option 'to' corresponds to setTo()

'netglue_mail' => [
    'messages' => [
        'registrationConfirmation' => [
            'subject'       => 'Please confirm your email address',
            'template'      => 'some-view-script',
            'textTemplate'  => 'some-other-view-script',
            'layout'        => 'override-default-html-layout',
            'textLayout'    => 'override-default-text-layout',
            'from'          => ['' => 'My Real Name'],
            'replyTo'       => ['' => 'Alice'],
            'headers'       => ['X-MyHeaderName' => 'Some Value'],

Dispatch Messages

When it's time to actually send a configured message, you will need to inject the NetglueMail\Dispatcher into your controller or service using Zend's service locator and simply call the send() method on the dispatcher:

$view = [
    'someVariable'  => 'Foo',
    'otherVariable' => 'Bar',
$messageOptions = [
    'to'      => ['' => 'Fred'],
    'subject' => 'Override Default Configured Subject',
$dispatcher->send('registrationConfirmation', $messageOptions, $view);

Manipulate message before sending it

You can further manipulate a message before it is sent by using the createMessage() method of the dispatcher and finally sending it with sendMessage()

$message = $dispatcher->createMessage('registrationConfirmation', $messageOptions, $view);
$message->getHeaders()->addHeader(new \Zend\Mail\Header\GenericHeader('X-Foo', 'Bar'));


Triggered Events

Events are triggered before and after a message is sent via the transport. You can subscribe to them in the shared event manager thus:

$sharedManager->attach('NetglueMail\Dispatcher', 'sendMessage', function($event) {
    $params = $event->getParams();
    var_dump('A message is about to be sent with the name: '.$params['messageName']);

$sharedManager->attach('NetglueMail\Dispatcher', '', function($event) {
    $params = $event->getParams();
    var_dump('A message was just sent with the name: '.$params['messageName']);

The message object (Zend\Mail\Message) is available in the event parameter array keyed as 'message' and the message name keyed as 'messageName'

Controller Plugin

There's a controller plugin available called dispatchEmail which has the same signature as NetglueMail\Dispatcher::send(), i.e. $this->dispatchEmail('myMessage', $options, $viewVars);