Documentation

Overview

This documentation describes how to enable the email-related capabilities of Remark.

Setup email server connection

To enable any of email functionality you need to set up email (SMTP) server connection using these variables:

SMTP_HOST
SMTP_PORT
SMTP_TLS
SMTP_USERNAME
SMTP_PASSWORD
SMTP_TIMEOUT

Mailgun

This is an example of a configuration using Mailgun email service:

- SMTP_HOST=smtp.eu.mailgun.org
- SMTP_PORT=465
- SMTP_TLS=true
- SMTP_USERNAME=postmaster@mg.example.com
- SMTP_PASSWORD=secretpassword
- AUTH_EMAIL_FROM=notify@example.com
- NOTIFY_EMAIL_FROM=notify@example.com

API

When you don’t want to expose your IP (which is impossible with any SMTP provider) and for situations when connecting to external SMTP server is impossible due to firewall settings is setting up an SMTP-to-API bridge and sending messages trough it.

To use any of containers below with in remark42 environment set following two SMTP variables:

- SMTP_HOST=mail
- SMTP_PORT=25

stevenolen/mailgun-smtp-server

Here is docker-compose.yml configuration part spinning up a container for stevenolen/mailgun-smtp-server:

mailgun:
  image: stevenolen/mailgun-smtp-server
  container_name: 'mail'
  hostname: 'mail'

  logging:
    driver: json-file
    options:
      max-size: '10m'
      max-file: '5'

  environment:
    - MG_KEY=key-123456789
    - MG_DOMAIN=example.com

Please note that before stevenolen/mailgun-smtp-server#5 is fixed, Europe domain names are not supported by this tool.

SendGrid

This is an example of a configuration using SendGrid email service:

- SMTP_HOST=smtp.sendgrid.net
- SMTP_PORT=465
- SMTP_TLS=true
- SMTP_USERNAME=apikey
- SMTP_PASSWORD=key-123456789
- AUTH_EMAIL_FROM=notify@example.com
- NOTIFY_EMAIL_FROM=notify@example.com

API

When you don’t want to expose your IP (which is impossible with any SMTP provider) and for situations when connecting to external SMTP server is impossible due to firewall settings is setting up an SMTP-to-API bridge and sending messages trough it.

To use any of containers below with in remark42 environment set following two SMTP variables:

- SMTP_HOST=mail
- SMTP_PORT=25

fgribreau/smtp-to-sendgrid-gateway

Here is docker-compose.yml configuration part spinning up a container for fgribreau/smtp-to-sendgrid-gateway:

sendgrid:
  image: fgribreau/smtp-to-sendgrid-gateway
  container_name: 'mail'
  hostname: 'mail'

  logging:
    driver: json-file
    options:
      max-size: '10m'
      max-file: '5'

  environment:
    - SENDGRID_API=key-123456789

Gmail

Configuration example for Gmail:

- SMTP_HOST=smtp.gmail.com
- SMTP_PORT=465
- SMTP_TLS=true
- SMTP_USERNAME=example.user@gmail.com
- SMTP_PASSWORD=secretpassword
- AUTH_EMAIL_FROM=example.user@gmail.com
- NOTIFY_EMAIL_FROM=example.user@gmail.com

Amazon SES

Configuration example for Amazon SES (us-east-1 region):

- SMTP_HOST=email-smtp.us-east-1.amazonaws.com
- SMTP_PORT=465
- SMTP_TLS=true
- SMTP_USERNAME=access_key_id
- SMTP_PASSWORD=secret_access_key
- AUTH_EMAIL_FROM=notify@example.com
- NOTIFY_EMAIL_FROM=notify@example.com

A domain or an email that will be used in AUTH_EMAIL_FROM or NOTIFY_EMAIL_FROM must first be verified.

SMTP Credentials must first be obtained from Amazon SES Console:

Setup email authentication

Here is the list of variables which affect email authentication:

AUTH_EMAIL_ENABLE
AUTH_EMAIL_FROM
AUTH_EMAIL_SUBJ
AUTH_EMAIL_CONTENT_TYPE
AUTH_EMAIL_TEMPLATE

After you set SMTP_ variables, you can allow email authentication by setting these two variables:

- AUTH_EMAIL_ENABLE=true
- AUTH_EMAIL_FROM=notify@example.com

Usually, you don’t need to change/set anything else. In case if you want to use a different email template set AUTH_EMAIL_TEMPLATE, for instance - AUTH_EMAIL_TEMPLATE="Confirmation email, token: {{.Token}}". See verified-authentication for more details.

Setup email notifications

Here is the list of variables which affect email notifications:

NOTIFY_TYPE
NOTIFY_EMAIL_FROM
NOTIFY_EMAIL_VERIFICATION_SUBJ
# for administrator notifications for new comments on their site
ADMIN_SHARED_EMAIL
NOTIFY_EMAIL_ADMIN

After you set SMTP_ variables, you can allow email notifications by setting these two variables:

- NOTIFY_TYPE=email
# - NOTIFY_TYPE=email,telegram # this is in case you want to have both email and telegram notifications enabled
- NOTIFY_EMAIL_FROM=notify@example.com