Communicate to and from your app by email
Your Anvil app can send and receive emails.
Follow this quickstart to create an app that sends you an email, and auto-replies to emails you send it.
Log in to Anvil and click ‘create app’. Choose the Material Design theme.
In the App Browser, click the + next to Services.
You’ll see a list of available services and integrations. Click on Email.
In the App Browser, click the + next to Server Modules to add a new Server Module.
You will see a code editor with a yellow background.
Write this function into the Server Module:
@anvil.server.callable def send_email(address): anvil.email.send( from_name="Anvil Forum", to=address, subject="Have you used the Anvil Forum?", html='The Anvil <a href="https://anvil.works/forum">Forum</a> is friendly and informative.', text="The Anvil Forum (https://anvil.works/forum) is friendly and informative.", )
Go to the code for Form1. It looks like this:
At the end of the
__init__ method, write these lines (replace the
<your email address> with your actual email address):
email_address = "<your email address>" anvil.server.call('send_email', email_address)
This means your function will run when the app starts.
Now click the ‘Run’ button at the top of the screen.
Check your email - you will have an email from your app.
Stop your app and go to your Server Module.
Write this function:
@anvil.email.handle_message def message_handler(msg): to_address = msg.addressees.to_addresses.raw_value msg.reply("Your email was sent to %s and received successfully." % to_address)
At the bottom of the Server Module, there is a message like this:
Any emails sent to any address ending in
be receieved by my app - your app will have a similar but different address.
Open your favourite email client and send an email to
<your-app-id> would be
ahd2umld63ixj6o6 in my case.
You should receive a reply containing the text
Your email was sent to
hey-it-works@<your-app-id>.anvil.app and receieved successfully.
(To set up a nicer email address for your app, see deployment.)
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