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Npm Email Libraries

Most Popular Npm Email Libraries

NameSizeLicenseAgeLast Published
email-validator4.6 kBMIT11 Years27 May 2018
linkifyjs77.81 kBMIT8 Years25 Mar 2023
github-username1.97 kBMIT9 Years5 Aug 2023
email-templates14.13 kBMIT11 Years20 Jun 2023
imap237.52 kBMIT12 Years6 Dec 2016
inline-css6.85 kBMIT9 Years8 Feb 2023
@sideway/address23.09 kBBSD-3-Clause3 Years2 May 2022
isemail14.05 kBBSD-3-Clause10 Years18 Oct 2018
mailgun.js409.86 kBMIT8 Years18 Sep 2023
gulp-inline-css3.44 kBMIT9 Years24 Oct 2020
react-linkify5.27 kBMIT8 Years30 May 2019
@hapi/address23.41 kBBSD-3-Clause4 Years11 Mar 2023
nodemailer-mailgun-transport5.14 kBMIT9 Years14 Sep 2022
react-native-communications4.9 kBMIT8 Years14 Jan 2017
mailcheck123.27 kBMIT10 Years5 Jul 2015

When are Email Libraries Useful

Email libraries provide an abstraction layer for dealing with email-related functionalities, simplifying many tasks and providing a more user-friendly way of carrying out complex operations. They are particularly useful when there are requirements to incorporate email functionalities into your JavaScript application.

For instance, you may need to send email notifications to users, parse incoming email messages, verify email addresses, or even automate the process of sending marketing emails. Instead of having to deal with raw SMTP, IMAP, or POP3, using an email library can help you achieve these tasks more efficiently and with less code. Moreover, this can result in more maintainable and easier to understand code.

When using npm as your package manager, you can easily find, download, and manage these email libraries as dependencies in your project, which greatly improves your productivity.

What Functionalities do Email Libraries Usually Have

Email libraries can offer many different functionalities, but here are the most common ones you can expect:

  1. Sending Emails: This is the most basic and common functionality. Libraries often provide the options of adding attachments, cc, bcc, headers, etc. They also generally include support for multiple transport protocols (SMTP, Sendmail, Amazon SES, etc.).
  2. Email Templating: Allows you to create well-crafted reusable email body templates. You often can use variables in these templates and use a function which replaces these variables with actual values when sending the email.
  3. Receiving/Parsing Emails: Some libraries allow you to receive and parse incoming emails, making it easier to perform operations such as auto-responding, filtering emails, extracting attachments, etc.
  4. Email Verification: Some libraries provide a way to verify email addresses, either through very basic pattern verification or through complex processes such as checking the MX record of a domain or even checking for the existence of an email address.

Gotchas/Pitfalls to Look Out For

  1. Dependencies: Email libraries may have dependencies that could conflict with your project. Always check their dependencies and ensure they don't cause conflicts.
  2. Email Deliverability: Email deliverability is not completely handled by email libraries. This depends mostly on your SMTP server and your sending reputation. Use good practices to avoid mails being marked as spam.
  3. Security: Sending and receiving emails can come with many security implications. It's essential to carefully handle data, sanitize inputs, and not expose sensitive data.
  4. Error Handling: Not all email libraries handle errors equally. You need to ensure that your chosen library adequately deals with various email-related issues and gives you enough flexibility with error handling.
  5. Async Operations: Sending and receiving emails are asynchronous operations. Make sure to use Promises or asynchronous functions correctly to handle these operations.
  6. Maintenance and Support: Check if the library is actively maintained and supported. This is crucial when you encounter issues or when an update from npm breaks the library.
  7. Rate Limiting: If your application sends a large volume of emails, you need to be aware of potential rate limits either from the library itself, the email provider, or the SMTP relay.