How to Django Send Email with File Attachment: PDF, Images

Sending emails with attachments is a common requirement in many web applications. In Django, the built-in send_mail function allows you to send simple text-based emails. However, to send emails with attachments, we need to use the EmailMessage class. In this blog, we will explore how to send email with attachments in Django.

Note: For this tutorial, we are using our previous blog on How to send email in Django and DRF.

Step 1: Install Required Packages

First, make sure you have Django installed. Additionally, if you want to use file attachments, install python-magic library to detect file types:

pip install Django python-magic

python-magic is necessary for automatically detecting the MIME type of file attachments when sending emails, ensuring compatibility with different email clients.

Step 1: Configure Django Email Settings

Ensure that you have configured your email settings properly in your project’s file. For example:


# ... other settings ...

# Email Configuration
EMAIL_BACKEND = 'django.core.mail.backends.smtp.EmailBackend'
EMAIL_HOST_USER = '[email protected]'  # Replace with your email address
EMAIL_HOST_PASSWORD = 'your_email_password'  # Replace with your email password

Replace ‘your_smtp_host’, ‘[email protected]’, and ‘your_email_password’ with your actual SMTP server details and email credentials.

Please watch bellow video, to send email using Gmail.

Gmail SMTP Email settings for Django Project

Step 3: Create the Email Utility Function

In your Django app, create a new file named This file will contain the email utility function for sending emails with attachments:


import magic
import os
from django.core.mail import EmailMessage

def send_email_with_attachment(subject, message, from_email, recipient_list, attachment_path):
    with open(attachment_path, 'rb') as file:
        file_content =

    mime_type = magic.from_buffer(file_content, mime=True)

    # Extract the filename from the attachment_path
    file_name = os.path.basename(attachment_path)

    email = EmailMessage(subject, message, from_email, recipient_list)
    email.attach(file_name, file_content, mime_type)

    # Send the email

Step 4: Create the View Function

In your file, update the view function to import and use the email utility function:


from django.shortcuts import render
from django.conf import settings
from .email_utils import send_email_with_attachment

def my_email_with_attachment_view(request):
    # ... Your view logic ...

    subject = 'Email with Attachment'
    message = 'Please find the attached file.'
    from_email = '[email protected]'  # Replace with your email address
    recipient_list = ['[email protected]']  # Replace with the recipient's email address

    # Attach the file
    # Attach the file from the sibling folder "documents" of the templates folder
    attachment_path = 'documents/sample.pdf'  # Replace with the relative path to the file from the root directory

    file_path = settings.BASE_DIR / attachment_path

    send_email_with_attachment(subject, message, from_email, recipient_list, attachment_path)

    # ... Rest of your view logic ...
    return HttpResponse("Email with Attachment Sent Successfully!")

Replace file path according to your requirements, you can attach pdfs, images, videos, etcs.

Step 5: Define the URL Pattern

In your app’s file, update the URL pattern to access the view:


from django.urls import path
from . import views

urlpatterns = [
    # Other URL patterns in your app
    path('email-attachment/', views.my_email_with_attachment_view, name='email-template'),

Step 6: Test the Email Attachment Functionality

Run your Django development server and navigate to the URL /email-attachment/. This will trigger the send_email_with_attachment_view view, and the email with the attachment will be sent.


By separating the email utility function from the view, we have organized our code better and made it more modular. The email utility function can be easily reused in other parts of the application. Sending emails with attachments in Django is now simple and efficient. Happy coding!

Find this tutorial on Github.

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