How to send emails in your Node.js app using Nodemailer and Mailtrap

In this article, we will be covering the basics of sending emails from your Node.js using nondemailer and mailtrap.


  1. A mailtrap account (You can create one here )
  2. Node.js

Now that that's set-up. Let's get to it

Set-up your code and install the dependencies

  1. Create a folder that you want to work in and cd into it
  2. Create a package.json file by running npm init . Provide answers to the question as seen in the picture below npm.PNG

  3. Install the following dependencies- body-parser, dotenv, express

  4. Install the following dependencies- nodemon
  5. Edit your package.json file and add the following to your scripts

"start": "node server.js", "dev": "nodemon server.js"

Set up your index.js file

const bodyParser = require('body-parser');
const express = require('express');
const dotenv = require('dotenv');
const app = express();
app.use(bodyParser.urlencoded({ extended: false }));

const PORT = process.env.PORT || 4000;

app.listen(PORT, () => console.log(`Server listening on port ${PORT}`));
module.exports = { app };

Set-up your account and get the keys

  1. Go the settings page and take note of the 4 credentials for the Node.js integration
  2. Add the credentials to your .env file

Sending mails

The folder structure


const nodemailer = require('nodemailer');
module.exports = {
  sendEmail: async (options) => {
    const transporter = nodemailer.createTransport({
      host: process.env.SMTP_HOST,
      port: process.env.SMTP_PORT,
      auth: {
        user: process.env.SMTP_USER,
        pass: process.env.SMTP_PASSWORD,

    const message = {
      from: `${process.env.SENDER_NAME} <${process.env.SENDER_EMAIL}>`,
      subject: options.subject,
      html: options.message,
    await transporter.sendMail(message);

Create your email body. This can either be a snipped of HTML code (e.g. <p> Hello there </p>) or an entire HTML page. We'll be using the later. ![npm5.PNG]

exports.message = async () => {
  const html = `<!DOCTYPE html> <head> <title> Greetings</title> </head> 
  <body> <p> Hello there. How are you? </p></body>
  return html;

Create your POST route that handles that wraps everything up. We'll use this in the index.js file

Start by importing the required functions

const { sendEmail } = require('./Utils/emailSender');
const { message } = require('./Utils/emailTemplate');

The route'/', async (req, res, next) => {
  const { email } = req.body;
  try {
    const result = await sendEmail({
      subject: 'Hello World!',
      message: await message(),
    res.status(200).json({ status: 'Email sent', result });
  } catch (err) {
    res.send('Email not sent');
    // next(err);

Let's test this on Postman.


Let's check mailtrap for the email


Now that you've learned how to send emails, you can try in your project.

You can also check out the full source code here

Comments (1)

Luiz Filipe da Silva's photo

Soon I'll be using Node.js to create a project that will need to send personal emails to customers.

I just bookmarked this. Thanks for sharing!