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AWS SES Configuration: Setting Up Email Delivery in Laravel πŸš€πŸ“§

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In the previous chapter Laravel Initial Setup: Preparing for AWS SES SMTP Integration We covered the setup of Laravel for integrating AWS SES email capabilities. In the current chapter, we'll shift our focus to the AWS side. Specifically, we'll explore the necessary configurations within AWS to complement our Laravel setup. By understanding this vital aspect, you'll gain insights into managing AWS resources and ensuring seamless, dependable email delivery. Let's dive into the AWS configuration details in this chapter.

It's important to note that these steps are based on the AWS configuration as of the update in August 2023.

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Things off with a simple guide to get started on the steps.

Before proceeding, it's essential to ensure that you've already logged into the AWS Management Console, use the search feature to find "Amazon SES (Simple Email Service)" Once you're logged in, follow these steps:

Photo Seach Menu AWS Ses Service mail

Access SMTP Settings Begin by navigating to the SMTP settings within the Amazon SES service, which you can conveniently locate on the left sidebar.

Photo screenshot SMTP Dashboard

SMTP Credential Once you're on the SMTP settings dashboard, just click the Create SMTP Credential button to generate the credentials needed for setting up secure email delivery via Amazon SES.

Specify User Details

Photo Screenshot Specify User Detail Create SMTP Credential

  • Create SMTP User Set up an IAM user specifically for SMTP authentication with Amazon SES.

The author chooses to keep the username as default, without making any changes.

  • Click on the Create User button below to proceed with setting up your SMTP user.

Retrieve SMTP Credentials

Photo Screenshot Retrieve SMTP Credential

After Create User next step you'll Retrieve SMTP Credentials In this step, you'll get the essential details you need:

  • IAM Username
  • SMTP Username
  • SMTP Password

You can choose to download a CSV file to keep this information stored securely for later use.

Back to Laravel

Update your .env to integrate the previously obtained SMTP Credentials, return to your Laravel's .env file, as we discussed in the previous chapter Laravel Initial Setup: Preparing for AWS SES SMTP Integration, fill in the following details :

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Photo Screenshot .env configuration from AWS User SMTP

Remember to enter the MAIL_USERNAME and MAIL_PASSWORD you obtained while creating the Specify User Details or from the downloaded CSV file. These credentials are vital for the successful integration of Amazon SES with your Laravel application.

For MAIL_HOST using SMTP endpoint example, MAIL_PORT using 587 and MAIL_ENCRYPTION using tls

Photo Screenshot dashboard SMTP Setting

After preparing the configuration in the .env file, the next step is to proceed with testing the email sending functionality.


Run your Laravel application on your computer with this simple command in the terminal:

php artisan serve
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Screenshot running artisan laravel on command line

Your Laravel application is live on this URL and port: http://localhost:8000, you can access it using Postman or Insomnia for testing.

Before proceeding with email testing using AWS SES in Laravel, it's crucial to first register email verified identities within AWS SES.

This ensures smooth email delivery and ensures compliance with AWS SES Sandbox rules Moving out of the Amazon SES sandbox. By verifying identities in advance, you'll enable successful email communication in your Laravel application.

Screenshot dashboard Verified Identities

Not registering an email as a verified identity in AWS SES Sandbox mode may lead to error responses SMTP Response Code.

To Create Verfied Identity

  • Access AWS SES dashboard.
  • Configuration settings.
  • Verified identities.
  • Enter the Create Identity Button.

Create Identities Email Verified

Once you've configured and verified your email identities, the next step is to send a verification email.

Screenshot Verified Identities pending

Verification email done

Screenshot Verified Identities done(verified)

You've created the verified identity within the AWS SES Sandbox you can proceed with testing email delivery without any further obstacles.

Now, open your API testing tool, such as Insomnia Insomnia, and make a GET request to:

Route Testmail testing

Please note that this route has been set up in a previous chapter Laravel Initial Setup: Preparing for AWS SES SMTP Integration during the Laravel project's initialization. It's specifically designed for testing email sending functionality within your Laravel application.

Success Send Mail
Success Send Mail

In AWS SES Sandbox mode, remember to verify both the sender and recipient email addresses. If not, you might face a 554 error, indicating email rejection. Moving out of the Amazon SES sandbox

Screenshot fail if not register to verified identity


You're all set to start sending emails with AWS SES in Laravel. Don't forget to verify your email addresses in Sandbox mode for smooth delivery. If you need help, this guide is here. Thanks for reading, and enjoy email communication using AWS SES and Laravel.πŸš€πŸŒž

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