MMEmail: My First Clojure Open Source Contribution

MMEmail: My First Clojure Open Source Contribution

Micah Martin

April 21, 2010

While working on website for my sister, I was perturbed that there were no libraries on Clojars for sending email. I was using Leiningen which will download and include all your dependancies for you (so sweet!).

MMEmail, My first Clojure Open Source Contribution.

Yet, with the library I found, I had to manually download all the required jars. Call me lazy but being forced to manually download dependancies seems like cruel and unusual punishment these days.

So I solved the problem with MMEmail: Simple Clojure library for sending email, with just one jar!



(defproject your-project "0.0.0"
		:dependencies [[mmemail "1.0.0"]])

Jar File

Can be downloaded at


Include the library:

(use 'mmemail.core)

The Easy Way

mmemail.core is the only include you need. It contains only 2 methods, the fist being send-email. It takes a map that includes all the configuration and email parameters. That’s it.

(send-email {:host ""
													:port 465
													:ssl true
													:user ""
													:password "runner"
													:to ""
													:subject "Greetings"
													:body "Meep Meep!"})

Most of the parameters are required, but based on your server configuration you might get away without these:

  • :ssl
  • :password
  • :subject

It also accepts the following optional parameters:

  • :from (defaults to :user)
  • :cc
  • :bcc

The recipient parameters (:to, :cc, :bcc) may be a string, for one recipient, or a sequence of strings, for multiple recipients.

The Convenient Way

It can be annoying to pass such a big map into the function, and typically you’ll want to get all the server configuration out of the way. This is where the second function of mmemail.core (create-mailer) comes into play.

(def my_mailer (create-mailer {:host ""
		:port 465
		:ssl true
		:user ""
		:password "runner"}))

Create-mailer will return a new function with all the configuration baked in. So in the future, you can send email like so:

(my_mailer {:to ""
											:subject "Greetings"
											:body "Meep Meep!"})

The create-mailer accepts email parameters that will be used as defaults when the generated function is called.

(def my_mailer (create-mailer {:subject "Greetings"
																															:body "Meep Meep!"
																															:host ""
																															:port 465
																															:ssl true
																															:user ""
																															:password "runner"}))
(my_mailer {:to ""})


Copyright 2010 Micah Martin. All Rights Reserved. MMEmail and all included source files are distributed under terms of the GNU LGPL.