Setting Up Lumen + Mailer

What is Lumen?

Lumen is a micro-framework built by Laravel. Its geared towards small services like APIs, job handling, or very small projects. Laravel is all-inclusive, where as Lumen is bare-bones but still featured.

Setting Up Mailing

Recently I ported a small app from Sinatra to Lumen for trial with a client. Its a job processing app for Shopify, where it would take data from a web hook, process it with a worker, and send back some data later. It needed to be fast, as like other webhook-focused app, it has to keep up with the high demand.

One issue I ran into was mailing, its not enabled by default in Lumen, and there are many posts throughout Google of people attempting to set it up. There is also many outdated ways which only worked for old version of Lumen.

Through trial and error, I managed to find a working setup I thought I would share.


First, run composer require illuminate/mail:5.5 to grab the mailing component.

Next, open bootstrap/app.php, find $app->register(App\Providers\AppServiceProvider::class); and uncomment it, if not already.

After this is done, open the app provider in app/Providers/.

At the bottom of the register method, paste in the following:

// ...

// Init mailer
    function ($app) {
        return $app->loadComponent('mail', 'Illuminate\Mail\MailServiceProvider', 'mailer');

// Aliases
$this->app->alias('mailer', \Illuminate\Contracts\Mail\Mailer::class);

To make mailing queue-able and able to be processed in the background, simply add:

// ...

// Enable queues

And see my Lumen Redis tutorial to setup Redis for processing.

Next, setup the basic config config/mail.php:


return [
    'driver' => env('MAIL_DRIVER'),
    'host' => env('MAIL_HOST'),
    'port' => env('MAIL_PORT'),
    'from' => [
        'address' => env('MAIL_FROM_ADDRESS'),
        'name' => env('MAIL_FROM_NAME'),
    'encryption' => env('MAIL_ENCRYPTION'),
    'username' => env('MAIL_USERNAME'),
    'password' => env('MAIL_PASSWORD'),
    'markdown' => [
        'theme' => 'default',
        'paths' => [

That's it, you're done the setup! Don't forget to setup your environment variables for production.

Creating a Mailer

Now that we're setup, you can create a mailer in app/Mail/, heres an example to go by (app/Mail/Winnings):

<?php namespace App\Mail;

use Illuminate\Bus\Queueable;
use Illuminate\Mail\Mailable;
use Illuminate\Queue\SerializesModels;

class Winnings extends Mailable
    use Queueable, SerializesModels;

    /** @var string the address to send the email */
    protected $to_address;

    /** @var float the winnings they won */
    protected $winnings;

     * Create a new message instance.
     * @param string $to_address the address to send the email
     * @param float $winnings   the winnings they won
     * @return void
    public function __construct($to_address, $winnings)
        $this->to_address = $to_address;
        $this->winnings = $winnings;

     * Build the message.
     * @return $this
    public function build()
        return $this
            ->subject('Your winnings!')
                    'winnings' => $this->winnings

Now, create a view, resources/views/emails/winnings.blade.php for simply HTML-only,:

{% raw %}<strong>You won {{ $winnings }}</strong>!{% endraw %}

Sending Mail

Now that we have it setup, and a mailable created, we can send. In your job, controller, or where ever you need it:

use App\Mail\Winnings as WinningsMail;

// ...
// $to_email = ''; $winnings = 130.00;

    new WinningsMail(

If you're queuing mail, replace send with queue. You can also see Laravel's mail documentation for more information on sending.


Of course, we need to test (tests/WinningsMailTest.php):


use App\Mail\Winnings;
use Illuminate\Support\Facades\Mail;

class WinningsMailTest extends TestCase
    public function testItWorks()

            (new Winnings('', 15.00))->build()

        Mail::assertSent(Winnings::class, function ($mail) {
            return $mail->hasTo('') &&
                   $mail->subject === 'Your winnings!' &&
                   $mail->viewData['winnings'] === 15.00;

Running the tests should pass if everything is setup correctly. For more information on testing mailables, see Laravel's documentation on faking.

I hope this was a quick and useful setup for anyone having issues. Good luck!

Cover image credit: Mikael Kristenson

Show Comments