Automated Email Sender Project Check-In

Automated Email Sender Project Check-In

The Halfway Point


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Automation Complication

I know, I know, I said "This Project should only take me a couple of weeks".....well, here I am 4 weeks later and only halfway through lol. Went to Canada for a bachelor party and have been finishing up house projects, so lots of moving parts recently. Add the aspect of needing to learn more libraries ad you have a major delay in getting this completed ๐Ÿ˜….

The meat of the project is done though! You can go over to my repo here -> and check in on the commits made since I started this project. Feel free to pull it down and give it a try yourself. Please note though, if you wanna try it out, you'll need to make a few adjustments:

  1. Update the sender_email argument value in the send_email function to your own (you'll need to use Gmail). Change the recipient's email as well. (Dont you dare use mine lol)

  2. Make sure you set your password in an environment variable since we are storing sensitive data (aka: password). You can do this in your terminal by running export EMAIL_PASSWORD=your_password_here .

  3. Lastly, confirm all of the needed libraries are installed on your local.

Once you have the following checks and this repo pulled, run python and you should be set!
As I was writing this, I realized the amount of other sensitive info I had in the project (emails, env variables, etc.) So I made some code changes already to improve the project ๐Ÿ˜„.

For those who wanna see a quick snippet of the file, you can take a peek below:

import smtplib
import ssl
import csv
from email.mime.text import MIMEText
from email.mime.multipart import MIMEMultipart
import schedule
import time
from os import environ
from dotenv import load_dotenv

load_dotenv()  # This will load environment variables from a .env file.

SMTP_SERVER = environ.get("SMTP_SERVER")  # Set up the SMTP server and port
SMTP_PORT = int(environ.get("SMTP_PORT", 465))  # For SSL

# Check if necessary environment variables are set
    raise EnvironmentError("Required environment variables are missing!")

def read_email_data(filename="email_data.csv"):
    email_data = []
    with open(filename, "r") as file:
        reader = csv.DictReader(file)
        for row in reader:
    return email_data

def send_email(email_data, sender_email=SENDER_EMAIL):
    # Create email headers and body
    message = MIMEMultipart()
    message["From"] = sender_email
    message["To"] = email_data["recipient_email"]
    message["Subject"] = email_data["subject"]
    message.attach(MIMEText(email_data["body"], "plain"))

    # Create a secure SSL context
    context = ssl.create_default_context()

    # Try to log in to the server and send the email
        server = smtplib.SMTP_SSL(SMTP_SERVER, SMTP_PORT, context=context)
        server.login(sender_email, PASSWORD)
            sender_email, email_data["recipient_email"], message.as_string())
    except Exception as e:
        print(f"An error occurred while sending the email: {e}")

def send_multi_emails(filename="email_data.csv"):
    email_data_list = read_email_data(filename)
    for data in email_data_list:

def job():
    """Define the job to be executed at a scheduled time."""

def email_schedule(interval):
    """Schedules the email sending job."""
    while True:

One thing I will admit to is that the automation for this had me stuck for a little. Learning a lot about security practices with this one as well and will need it for future projects so I've been appreciating the challenge.


Wish I was able to get a check-in written sooner but, you The last few things I need to do is create a log for the jobs, do some final testing after that, and then reflect and write my final thoughts on this project! See yall then!

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