user: sendMail

Namespace: microsoft.graph

Send the message specified in the request body using either JSON or MIME format.

When using JSON format you can include a file attachment in the same sendMail action call.

When using MIME format:

  • Provide the applicable Internet message headers and the MIME content, all encoded in base64 format in the request body.
  • Add any attachments and S/MIME properties to the MIME content.

This method saves the message in the Sent Items folder.

Alternatively, create a draft message to send later.

To learn more about the steps involved in the backend before a mail is delivered to recipients, see here.

Permissions

One of the following permissions are required to call this API. To learn more, including how to choose permissions, see Permissions.

Permission type Permissions (from least to most privileged)
Delegated (work or school account) Mail.Send
Delegated (personal Microsoft account) Mail.Send
Application Mail.Send

HTTP request

POST /me/sendMail
POST /users/{id | userPrincipalName}/sendMail

Request headers

Name Type Description
Authorization string Bearer {token}. Required.
Content-Type string Nature of the data in the body of an entity. Required.
Use application/json for a JSON object and text/plain for MIME content.

Request body

When using JSON format, provide a JSON object with the following parameters.

Parameter Type Description
message Message The message to send. Required.
saveToSentItems Boolean Indicates whether to save the message in Sent Items. Specify it only if the parameter is false; default is true. Optional.

When specifying the body in MIME format, provide the MIME content as a base64-encoded string in the request body.

Response

If successful, this method returns 202 Accepted response code. It does not return anything in the response body.

If the request body includes malformed MIME content, this method returns 400 Bad request and the following error message: "Invalid base64 string for MIME content".

Examples

Example 1: Send a new email using JSON format

Here is an example of how to call this API.

Request

Here is an example of the request.

POST https://graph.microsoft.com/v1.0/me/sendMail
Content-type: application/json

{
  "message": {
    "subject": "Meet for lunch?",
    "body": {
      "contentType": "Text",
      "content": "The new cafeteria is open."
    },
    "toRecipients": [
      {
        "emailAddress": {
          "address": "fannyd@contoso.onmicrosoft.com"
        }
      }
    ],
    "ccRecipients": [
      {
        "emailAddress": {
          "address": "danas@contoso.onmicrosoft.com"
        }
      }
    ]
  },
  "saveToSentItems": "false"
}

Response

Here is an example of the response.

HTTP/1.1 202 Accepted

Example 2: Create a message with custom Internet message headers and send the message

Request

POST https://graph.microsoft.com/v1.0/me/sendMail
Content-type: application/json

{
  "message": {
    "subject": "9/9/2018: concert",
    "body": {
      "contentType": "HTML",
      "content": "The group represents Nevada."
    },
    "toRecipients": [
      {
        "emailAddress": {
          "address": "AlexW@contoso.OnMicrosoft.com"
        }
      }
    ],
    "internetMessageHeaders":[
      {
        "name":"x-custom-header-group-name",
        "value":"Nevada"
      },
      {
        "name":"x-custom-header-group-id",
        "value":"NV001"
      }
    ]
  }
}

Response

Here is an example of the response.

HTTP/1.1 202 Accepted

Example 3: Create a message with a file attachment and send the message

Request

POST https://graph.microsoft.com/v1.0/me/sendMail
Content-type: application/json

{
  "message": {
    "subject": "Meet for lunch?",
    "body": {
      "contentType": "Text",
      "content": "The new cafeteria is open."
    },
    "toRecipients": [
      {
        "emailAddress": {
          "address": "meganb@contoso.onmicrosoft.com"
        }
      }
    ],
    "attachments": [
      {
        "@odata.type": "#microsoft.graph.fileAttachment",
        "name": "attachment.txt",
        "contentType": "text/plain",
        "contentBytes": "SGVsbG8gV29ybGQh"
      }
    ]
  }
}

Response

Here is an example of the response.

HTTP/1.1 202 Accepted

Example 4: Send a new message using MIME format

Request

POST https://graph.microsoft.com/v1.0/me/sendMail
Content-type: text/plain

RnJvbTogQWxleCBXaWxiZXIgPEFsZXhXQGNvbnRvc28uY29tPgpUbzogTWVnYW4gQm93ZW4gPE1l
Z2FuQkBjb250b3NvLmNvbT4KU3ViamVjdDogSW50ZXJuYWwgUmVzdW1lIFN1Ym1pc3Npb246IFNh
bGVzIEFzc29jaWF0ZQpUaHJlYWQtVG9waWM6IEludGVybmFsIFJlc3VtZSBTdWJtaXNzaW9uOiBT
YWxlcyBBc3NvY2lhdGUKVGhyZWFkLUluZGV4OiBjb2RlY29kZWNvZGVoZXJlaGVyZWhlcmUKRGF0
ZTogU3VuLCAyOCBGZWIgMjAyMSAwNzoxNTowMCArMDAwMApNZXNzYWdlLUlEOgoJPE1XSFBSMTMw
MU1CMjAwMDAwMDAwRDc2RDlDMjgyMjAwMDA5QUQ5QTlASFdIUFIxMzAxTUIwMDAwLmNvZGVudW0u
cHJvZC5vdXRsb29rLmNvbT4KQ29udGVudC1MYW5ndWFnZTogZW4tVVMKWC1NUy1IYXMtQXR0YWNo
OgpYLU1TLVRORUYtQ29ycmVsYXRvcjoKWC1NUy1Fe

Response

Here is an example of the response.

HTTP/1.1 202 Accepted

If the request body includes malformed MIME content, this method returns the following error message.

HTTP/1.1 400 Bad Request
Content-type: application/json

{
    "error": {
        "code": "ErrorMimeContentInvalidBase64String",
        "message": "Invalid base64 string for MIME content."
    }
}