Getting Started with Mandrill

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Mandrill is an email service that allows you to send personalized emails, or automated transactional emails like password resets, order confirmations, and welcome messages.
More info at:


Join Mandrill

Generate an API key

The email which you’ve used during the registration will be your username.
The API key that you’ve just generated will be your password.

Settings > SMTP & API Info

The SMTP login info should look like this.

port: 587
password: ykMjxYsomeapikey

Add a domain

Settings > Domains


Verify email e.g.

These TXT records must be setup at the control panel where your domain is registred at e.g. GoDaddy, 1and1, etc.

Add DKIM Settings
Add a txt record:
v=DKIM1; k=rsa; p=MIGfMA0GCSqGSIb3SOMElongIwishyougreatsuccessIDAQAB;

Add SPF record
Add SPF record for (or at GoDaddy for host use @)
v=spf1 ?all

The TXT records will help the deliverability of your emails.

Tweak the sending defaults

Settings > Sending Defaults

Forward Bounce Notifications To This Address

Custom SPF/DKIM Signing Domain
select your domain name

Keep in mind: free users can send up to 25 emails per hour.

Here is a snippet of php code that you can use to send some test emails.

Enjoy emailing your users and don’t even send a single spam message!

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