Send parse-server template emails with Amazon SES. Based off parse-server-mailgun.
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Used to send Parse Server emails with Amazon SES. (based on parse-server-mailgun)

AmazonSES node module



$ npm install parse-server-amazon-ses-email-adapter --save


Replace the config with your info. You can find your AWS SES credentials here:

In addition, you also need to configure the templates you want to use. You must provide at least a plain-text version for each template. The html versions are optional.

emailAdapter: {
  module: 'parse-server-amazon-ses-email-adapter',
  options: {
    // The address that your emails come from
    fromAddress: 'Your Name <>',
    accessKeyId: 'Your AWS IAM Access Key ID',
    secretAccessKey: 'Your AWS IAM Secret Access Key',
    region: 'Your AWS Region',
    // The template section
    templates: {
      passwordResetEmail: {
        subject: 'Reset your password',
        pathPlainText: resolve(__dirname, 'path/to/templates/password_reset_email.txt'),
        pathHtml: resolve(__dirname, 'path/to/templates/password_reset_email.html'),
        callback: (user) => {
            return {
              firstName: user.get('firstName')
          // Now you can use {{firstName}} in your templates
      verificationEmail: {
        subject: 'Confirm your account',
        pathPlainText: resolve(__dirname, 'path/to/templates/verification_email.txt'),
        pathHtml: resolve(__dirname, 'path/to/templates/verification_email.html'),
        callback: (user) => {
            return {
              firstName: user.get('firstName')
          // Now you can use {{firstName}} in your templates
      customEmailAlert: {
        subject: 'Urgent notification!',
        pathPlainText: resolve(__dirname, 'path/to/templates/custom_alert.txt'),
        pathHtml: resolve(__dirname, 'path/to/templates/custom_alert.html'),


The Parse Server uses the AmazonSESAdapter for only two use cases: password reset and email address verification. With a few lines of code, it's also possible to use the AmazonSESAdapter directly, so that you can send any other template-based email, provided it has been configured as shown in the example configuration above.

// Get access to Parse Server's cache
// With ES2015 syntax:
const { AppCache } = require('parse-server/lib/cache');
// Or with old-school JS:
const AppCache = require('parse-server/lib/cache').AppCache;
// Get a reference to the AmazonSESAdapter
const AmazonSESAdapter = AppCache.get('yourAppId')['userController']['adapter'];
// Invoke the send method with an options object
  templateName: 'customEmailAlert',
  // Optional override of your configuration's subject
  subject: 'Important: action required',
  // Optional override of the adapter's fromAddress
  fromAddress: 'Alerts <>',
  recipient: '',
  variables: { alert: 'New posts' } // {{alert}} will be compiled to 'New posts'

Sample templates and template variables

In the test directory, there are a few examples to get you started.

For password reset and address verification messages, you can use the following template variables by default:

  • {{link}} - the reset or verification link provided by the Parse Server
  • {{appName}} - as is defined in your Parse Server configuration object
  • {{username}} - the Parse.User object's username property
  • {{email}} - the Parse.User object's email property

Additional variables can be introduced by adding a callback. An example is shown in the configuration above. The relevant Parse.User object is passed as an argument. The return value must be a plain object where the property names exactly match their template counterparts. Note: the callback options only applies to the password reset and email address verification use cases.

For any other use case, you use the AmazonSESAdapter directly and pass any variable you need to the send method as explained in the code sample above.

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