django-mandrill is a Django email backend allowing MailChimp's Mandrill as a backend.

This app is inspired by Djrill, the difference being that this app wraps the official mandrill python api (rather than reimplementing a client) and is primarily focused on supporting Mandrill Templates.


django-mandrill was created and tested with Django 1.4.3, please let me know if you have success with it in older or newer versions.

This package depends on mandrill package (available on pypi).


Eventually pip install django-mandrill will get you there.


Add 'django_mandrill' to your INSTALLED_APPS.

Add the following configuration values in your settings:

EMAIL_BACKEND = 'django_mandrill.mail.backends.mandrillbackend.EmailBackend'
MANDRILL_API_KEY = '************************'

Sending Email

django-mandrill should transparently work with Django's send_mail(), send_mass_mail(), and EmailMessage objects with no change required to the code.

Send an email based on a Mandrill Template:

# send user a forgot password containing a nonce
subject = 'Reset Password'
user = some_user_object
nonce = some_nonce_value

template_content = []
message = {
    'from_email': '',
    'from_name': 'Robot',
    'subject': subject,
    'to': [{'email':, 'name': user.get_full_name()},],
    'global_merge_vars': [
        {'name':'SUBJECT', 'content': subject},
        {'name':'USER_NAME', 'content': user.first_name},
        {'name':'NONCE', 'content': nonce},
        # etc etc
mail = MandrillTemplateMail("Password Reset", template_content, message)

See mandrill package for information as to what the available message options are.