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Alternatives to Postal

Twilio SendGrid, Amazon SES, Mailgun, Mandrill, and Postmark are the most popular alternatives and competitors to Postal.
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What is Postal and what are its top alternatives?

Postal is a complete and fully featured mail server for use by websites & web servers. Think Sendgrid, Mailgun or Postmark but open source and ready for you to run on your own servers. Postal was developed by aTech Media to serve its own mail processing requirements and we have since decided that it should be released as an open source project for the community.
Postal is a tool in the Transactional Email category of a tech stack.
Postal is an open source tool with 11K GitHub stars and 783 GitHub forks. Here’s a link to Postal's open source repository on GitHub

Top Alternatives to Postal

  • Twilio SendGrid

    Twilio SendGrid

    Twilio SendGrid's cloud-based email infrastructure relieves businesses of the cost and complexity of maintaining custom email systems. Twilio SendGrid provides reliable delivery, scalability & real-time analytics along with flexible API's. ...

  • Amazon SES

    Amazon SES

    Amazon SES eliminates the complexity and expense of building an in-house email solution or licensing, installing, and operating a third-party email service. The service integrates with other AWS services, making it easy to send emails from applications being hosted on services such as Amazon EC2. ...

  • Mailgun

    Mailgun

    Mailgun is a set of powerful APIs that allow you to send, receive, track and store email effortlessly. ...

  • Mandrill

    Mandrill

    Mandrill is a new way for apps to send transactional email. It runs on the delivery infrastructure that powers MailChimp. ...

  • Postmark

    Postmark

    Postmark removes the headaches of delivering and parsing email for webapps with minimal setup time and zero maintenance. ...

  • Mailjet

    Mailjet

    Mailjet is a real-time Cloud Emailing platform: scalable, agile and flexible. Our unique algorithm boosts your deliverability and our platform provides in-depth insight so you can optimize more than ever. ...

  • SparkPost

    SparkPost

    SparkPost is the world’s #1 email delivery provider. We empower companies with actionable, real-time data to send relevant email to their customers which increases engagement and both top and bottom line revenue. ...

  • Nodemailer

    Nodemailer

    It is a single module with zero dependencies – code is easily auditable. The email delivery is Secure using TLS/STARTTLS. You can use HTML content, as well as plain text alternative. ...

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Twilio SendGrid logo

Twilio SendGrid

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Email Delivery. Simplified.
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PROS OF TWILIO SENDGRID
  • 189
    Easy setup
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    Cheap and simple
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    Easy email integration!
  • 86
    Reliable
  • 58
    Well-documented
  • 28
    Generous free allowance to get you started
  • 25
    Trackable
  • 21
    Heroku add-on
  • 15
    Azure add-on
  • 13
    Better support for third party integrations
  • 6
    Simple installation
  • 6
    Free plan
  • 4
    Great client libraries
  • 4
    Helpful evangelist staff
  • 3
    Great support
  • 3
    Better customer support than the competition
  • 3
    Great add-ons
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    Scalable
  • 2
    Nice dashboard
  • 1
    Web editor for templates
  • 1
    Cool setup
  • 1
    Free
  • 1
    Within integration
  • 1
    Easy set up
  • 1
    Great customer support
  • 1
    Google cloud messaging
CONS OF TWILIO SENDGRID
  • 2
    No Terraform provider
  • 2
    Google analytics integration is not campaign-specific
  • 1
    Shared IP blacklist removal takes months
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    Shares IP blacklist removal

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Sr. Engineer at StackShare · | 4 upvotes · 48.5K views

At StackShare we were discussing how to increase the retention of our newly signed up users. We hypothesized that if we made certain changes to the emails in our on-boarding process we could increase our retention and activation of users.

We decided to use sendwithus because it offered us the ability to A/B test our transactional emails. We also utilized the sendwithus analytics dashboard to gain real time insight into the performance of our email campaigns. Furthermore sendwithus has a Rails gem that allowed us to easily integrate the product into our application. We were also able to integrate sendwithus with our SendGrid account. #ABTestingAnalytics #TransactionalEmail

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Julien DeFrance
Principal Software Engineer at Tophatter · | 3 upvotes · 493.4K views

Nexmo vs Twilio ?

Back in the early days at SmartZip Analytics, that evaluation had - for whatever reason - been made by Product Management. Some developers might have been consulted, but we hadn't made the final call and some key engineering aspects of it were omitted.

When revamping the platform, I made sure to flip the decision process how it should be. Business provided an input but Engineering lead the way and has the final say on all implementation matters. My engineers and I decided on re-evaluating the criteria and vendor selection. Not only did we need SMS support, but were we not thinking about #VoiceAndSms support as the use cases evolved.

Also, on an engineering standpoint, SDK mattered. Nexmo didn't have any. Twilio did. No-one would ever want to re-build from scratch integration layers vendors should naturally come up with and provide their customers with.

Twilio won on all fronts. Including costs and implementation timelines. No-one even noticed the vendor switch.

Many years later, Twilio demonstrated its position as a leader by holding conferences in the Bay Area, announcing features like Twilio Functions. Even acquired Authy which we also used for 2FA. Twilio's growth has been amazing. Its recent acquisition of SendGrid continues to show it.

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Amazon SES logo

Amazon SES

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Bulk and transactional email-sending service.
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PROS OF AMAZON SES
  • 102
    Reliable
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    Cheap
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    Integrates with other aws services
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    Easy setup
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    Trackable
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    Easy rails setup
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    We decided to use AWS Lambda for several serverless tasks such as

    • Managing AWS backups
    • Processing emails received on Amazon SES and stored to Amazon S3 and notified via Amazon SNS, so as to push a message on our Redis so our Sidekiq Rails workers can process inbound emails
    • Pushing some relevant Amazon CloudWatch metrics and alarms to Slack
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    I would like to know how I can implement a transactional email, or if it is possible to do so, like Mailchimp, using Amazon SES. I want to have the flexibility of creating emails like MailChimp, with a bulk email sending capability. Is it as simple with AWS SES as it is with MailChimp? If so, then how can I implement that for my own product? Thanks!

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    Mailgun logo

    Mailgun

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    The Email Service for Developers.
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    PROS OF MAILGUN
    • 177
      Quick email integration
    • 147
      Free plan
    • 91
      Easy setup
    • 67
      Ridiculously reliable
    • 54
      Extensive apis
    • 29
      Great for parsing inbound emails
    • 25
      Nice UI
    • 23
      Developer-centric
    • 15
      Excellent customer support
    • 12
      Heroku Add-on
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      Easy to view logs of sent emails
    • 3
      Email mailbox management for developers
    • 2
      Great customer support, love rackspace
    • 2
      Great documentation
    • 1
      Great PHP library
    • 1
      Better than sendgrid not ask too many question
    CONS OF MAILGUN
    • 2
      Cost
    • 2
      No HTTPS tracking links supported
    • 1
      Emails go to spam due to blacklisted IP's of mailgun
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      Cannot create multiple api keys

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    However, following a couple weeks of frequent downtime and poor service transparency from Mandrill, we decided it was time to make the switch. It appears they no longer had any engineers with the ability to identify the core problems.

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    Mandrill logo

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    Send transactional, triggered, and personalized email, then track results.
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    PROS OF MANDRILL
    • 188
      Simple installation
    • 141
      Great api
    • 123
      Generous free allowance to get you started
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      Cheap and simple
    • 99
      Trackable
    • 59
      Well-documented
    • 54
      Doesn't go to spam
    • 47
      Great for mailchimp users
    • 32
      Webhooks
    • 28
      Client libraries
    • 7
      Heroku Add-on
    • 6
      Easy to use
    • 5
      Meaningful Metrics
    • 5
      Free
    • 3
      Advanced Tagging and Reports
    • 3
      Mobile Access
    • 3
      Status Update
    • 2
      Very chimp-like
    • 2
      Great Documentation
    • 2
      love this service
    • 1
      Free Plan
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    Postmark logo

    Postmark

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    Email delivery for web apps - done right.
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    PROS OF POSTMARK
    • 18
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    • 10
      Great analytics
    • 8
      Email, done right
    • 5
      Easy setup
    • 5
      Heroku Add-on
    • 2
      Can review sent messages
    • 1
      Very inexpensive
    • 1
      Exceptional support
    • 1
      Pay per message
    • 1
      Great support
    CONS OF POSTMARK
    • 0
      No 24x7 support

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    Email delivery made easy
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    PROS OF MAILJET
    • 7
      Simple
    • 5
      Cheap
    • 2
      Reliable
    • 1
      Integrates with Zapier
    • 1
      Pros
    • 1
      Setup
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      outsourcing
    CONS OF MAILJET
    • 1
      Support does not respond
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      Support is a joke

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    Email Delivery and Analytics for Developers and Enterprises
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    PROS OF SPARKPOST
    • 10
      I could start sending real emails in less than 5 mins
    • 2
      Email don't end up in spam after DNS verification
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      Flexible, robust API
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      Very easy to integrate with Laravel
    CONS OF SPARKPOST
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      Suspended paid acount without warning or reason
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      Spam trap reports are suspicious b/c all users opted in
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      Support won't answer mail (9h so far)
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      Only free for 100 emails/day
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      New dedicated ip blacklisted by some clients

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    A module for Node.js applications to allow email sending
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