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How to Send Emails from ASP.NET Core using Azure

Send Emails from ASP.NET Core using Azure

In this article we will learn about How to Send Emails from ASP.Net Core using Azure. Azure provides a dedicated service for securely sending emails at scale. This tutorial will walk you through the entire process of setting this up in.NET. Please read my previous article of Send Emails from ASP.NET Core using Amazon SES.

Users can now send bulk emails directly from their app thanks to Azure Email Communication Service. It can be integrated with pre-made software development kits (SDKs) for Java, Python1, C#, JavaScript, and three other programming languages. It is a new primitive that enables Application-to-Person (A2P) use cases and big volume transactional, bulk, and marketing emails on the Azure Communication Services platform.

Please find source code here in this link.

Send emails using Azure Communication Service from Azure

Azure Communication Service or Azure Email Email is a new function that allows customers to send large amounts of email directly from their app. It is compatible with pre-built software development kits (SDKs) for four programming languages: C#, JavaScript, Java, and Python. It makes use of an email processing service and sends emails to recipients using Exchange Online.

The Email communicated to Azure Communication Email Service with Azure Communiation Services and the email is processed before being delivered to the user’s inbox.

Azure Email Communication Service
Image Source: Microsoft

Azure Email Configurations

We need to configure to Create Email Communication Service and Communication Service resources to use the Azure Email Communication in .NET

Creating Email Communication Service

To start sending emails from Azure, first, we need to create an Email Communication Service resources using below steps.

Step-1: To build the Email Communication Service, as shown below, search on the top bar for services and then click on the Email Configuration Services option.

Send Emails from ASP.NET Core using Azure - Email Communication Service

Step-2: Click on the highlighted link to create the Email Configuration Services.

Send Emails from ASP.NET Core using Azure - Email Communication Service Creation

Step-3: On the following screen, we selected the Resource Group and entered the instance’s name, region, and location. Then click on create the Review + Create

Email Communication Service Create Resource

Step-4: After clicking the Review and Create button we can see the deployment is progress for Email Communication Service, the configuration takes a few minutes to complete it.

Step-5: After the deployment Go to the Resource that we have just created and click on the Provision domains, here we can see there is two option to add email domains into the Azure Subscription.

  1. Azure Free Subdomain:
  2. Setup Custom domain :

Please click the Add button to create free Azure subdomain.

Step-6: Add the subdomain

We can create two types of domain.

  1. Add a free Azure subdomian
  2. Setup a custom domain

Add a free Azure subdomian

  • When we select Add free Azure Subdomain, it will be deployed in minutes and all of the necessary domain information will be instantly confirmed.
Email Communication Service Azure Subdomain Success

Setup a custom domain

  • You can setup the custom domain according to your choice. Here on below we can add our custom domain then confirm it.
  • After confirmation, the following window appears, in which we must connect the custom domain to our DNS information.
  • We need to add the TXT, CNAME, SFM, and DKIM information into the DNS where the domain you purchased. Once this is done, we will need to wait some time for all of the processes to be confirmed. Only once all of the processes have been verified then is it elligible to use in Azure Email Service.
Add Custom Domain-DNS Information

Add Custom Domain- Under Verification

You can see the custom domian verfication is under progress, It will take sometime for verfication.

Note: In this demo I used free Azure subdomian for configurations.

  • A sender address DoNotReply@YOUR_DOMAIN> is generated by default. This can be altered by clicking on the domain name and changing the following properties: This can be found under the subdomain that you created.
Email Communication Service DoNotReply

Creating Azure Communication Service

To use this Email Communication Services domain, we must first set up an Azure Communication Service instance and connect it to the domain. So, let’s return to the Azure Marketplace, look for “Azure Communication Service,” and create a new instance:

Azure Communication Service

Step-1: Using below information we create the Communication Service.

Azure Communication Create Resource

Step-2: After the service is created click on "Email" > "Domains" in the left pane and then on “Connect domain” and pick the previously created domain:

Azure Communication Connect domain

Step-3: Press ‘Connect domain’ and filter results by selecting a subscription, resource group, email service, and the verified domain you wish to connect.

Azure Email Communication and Communication Service domain mapping

On the below screen we can see the domain is connected to Email Communication Services.

Azure Email Communication and Communication Service domain connected

That’s it the configuration. Let us Create an ASP.Net Core API application and add the Azure Email Configuration Service to it.

Create an ASP.Net Core API Application

Using below steps we can create ASP.Net Core API applicattion.

  • Launch the Visual Studio IDE and click on “Create new project”.
  • In the “Create new project” window, select “ASP.Net Core Web API Project” from the list of templates displayed.
  • Click Next. In the “Configure your new project” window, specify the name and location for the new project and then click Create.
  • In the “ASP.Net Core Web API Project” window shown next, select .NET Core as the runtime and .NET 7.0 from the drop-down list at the top. Select “API” as the project template to create a new ASP.NET Core API application. 
  • Ensure that the check boxes “Enable Docker Support” is disabled s we won’t be using the default feature we will add it manually later and “Configure for HTTPS” are checked.
  • Make Authentication type as “None” as we are not using any authentication mode here.
  • You can check the Open API support if you want to use Swagger

Sending Email using Azure Email Configuration Services in .NET

Step-1: Install the below Azure Package to use Azure Communication Email Service.

Azure Email Communication nuget package

Step-2: Creating a Model with below properties.

 public class MailRequest
        public string? ToEmail { get; set; }
        public string? Subject { get; set; }
        public string? Body { get; set; }

Step-3: Create an Email Interface and class that able to send Email using Azure Email Configuration Service.

 public interface IMailService
        Task SendEmailAsync(MailRequest mailRequest);
public class MailService : IMailService
        public async Task SendEmailAsync(MailRequest mailRequest)
            // Copy the connection String Endpoint here
            var client = new EmailClient("####");

            // Fill the EmailMessage

            // Add the Mailfrom Address 
            var sender = "#####";
            var subject = mailRequest.Subject;

            var emailContent = new EmailContent(subject)
                PlainText = mailRequest.Body

            var toRecipients = new List<EmailAddress>()
                new EmailAddress(mailRequest.ToEmail)

            var emailRecipients = new EmailRecipients(toRecipients);

            var emailMessage = new EmailMessage(sender, emailRecipients, emailContent);

            //await client.SendAsync(emailMessage);

            await client.SendAsync(WaitUntil.Completed, emailMessage);
            Console.WriteLine($"Email Sent. Status = {emailMessage}");
  • Line #34 is used to send the email, here we used waitunitl.completed this is basically used for the universal weapon if you want to wait on something. It expects a condition and waits until that condition is fulfilled with a truthy value to be returned.
  • To get the connection string follow the below image. Authenticate with the connection string that you’ll find in the communication service resource in the Azure portal. It’s located in the tab ‘Keys’
Azure Email Communication Resource ConnectionString
  • To get the From email address follow this iamge and copy entire string and add into the string of Line #15

Step-4: Register the Interface for DI in Program.cs file like below.

builder.Services.AddTransient<IMailService, MailService>

Step-5: Add the Controller named as EmailsController and we create the POST method to send an email

    public class EmailsController : ControllerBase
        private readonly IMailService _mailService;
        public EmailsController(IMailService mailService)
            this._mailService = mailService;
        public async Task<IActionResult> SendMail(MailRequest request)
            await _mailService.SendEmailAsync(request);
            return Ok("Email Sent Successfully !");

That’s it the changes, let’s open the POSTMAN and test our Email Controller. We can pass the receipent email along with mail body and Subject like below. We can the POST method work successfully.

Email Communication Service - Postman Test

Let’s flip to Email Inbox and we can see the mail that we are tested using Postman.

Email Communication Service - Email Inbox

This concludes the post; I hope it helped you understand the process of How to Send Emails from ASP.Net Core using Azure.

Please find source code here in this link.


In this article we discussed about How to Send Emails from ASP.NET Core using Azure. Azure provides a dedicated service for securely sending emails at scale. This tutorial will walk you through the entire process of setting this up in.NET.

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