Simple Email Service (SES)

Get started with Amazon Simple Email Service (SES) on LocalStack

Sent Emails

LocalStack keeps track of all sent emails for retrospection. The sent messages can be retrieved in following ways:

  • Filesystem: All messages are saved to the state directory (see filesystem layout). The files are saved as JSON in the ses/ subdirectory and organised by message ID.
  • API endpoint: LocalStack provides a service endpoint (/_aws/ses) which can be used to return in-memory saved messages. A GET call returns all messages. Query parameters id and email can be used to filter by message ID and message source respectively. A DELETE call clears all messages from the memory. The query parameter id can be used to delete only a specific message.

SMTP Integration

LocalStack Pro ships with support for sending SES messages through an actual SMTP email server.

Please refer to the Configuration guide for instructions on how to configure the connection parameters of your SMTP server (SMTP_HOST/SMTP_USER/SMTP_PASS).

Once the SMTP server has been configured, the SES user interface in the Web app can be used to create a new email account (e.g., Emails can be sent via the command line (or SES client SDK):

$ awslocal ses send-email \
    --from \
    --message 'Body={Text={Data="Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, ..."}},Subject={Data=Test Email}' \
    --destination ''

User Interface

LocalStack Web app can be used to view the sent email messages, as illustrated in the screenshot below:

SES Web Interface