Adding email to automated invoicing

Matt Foyle profile picture Written by: Matt Foyle - Published on: 08 Jun 2017
In our last blog post, we showed you how to automatically generate a PDF invoice on order creation. Today, let’s learn how to automatically email that invoice to the customer! If you didn’t read the previous post, you’ll need to do so in order to complete this tutorial.

If you’d like to go directly to the code, have a look at the invoicing repo.

Right, let’s jump straight in.

We need to add one more dependency to our project, so in Terminal, cd to the root directory of the project, and run;

  npm i -s nodemailer

Great! Now we’re going to be working with the invoice.js file that we created before, so hop back into that. If you need a reference, the file can be found in the repo.

Add our new dependency to the top, but below the other ones:

  const nodemailer = require('nodemailer');

Now, below our generateInvoice function, add the following code:

  let transporter = nodemailer.createTransport({
  service: config.service,
  auth: {
    user: config.user,
    pass: config.pass

let mailOptions = {
  from: '"Your Store" <>', // sender address
  to: '', // list of receivers
  subject: 'Your Invoice', // Subject line
  text: 'Please find your invoice attached', // plain text body
  html: '<b>Your Invoice</b>', // html body
  attachments: [{   // file on disk as an attachment
    filename: 'invoice.pdf',
    path: './invoice.pdf' // stream this file

var sendMail = () => {
  transporter.sendMail(mailOptions, (error, info) => {
    if (error) {
return console.log(error);
    console.log('Message %s sent: %s', info.messageId, info.response);

Look for where we’ve triggered the generateInvoice function (within second .then of Moltin.Orders.Items). Replace the code within this .then with:

  var to = + '.pdf';

generateInvoice(invoice, 'invoice.pdf', function() {
  console.log("Saved invoice to" + to);
  mailOptions.attachments[0].filename = to;
  mailOptions.attachments[0].path = './' + to;
  return sendMail();

Lastly, where we have our callback, add this line: =;

We’re done! Now when our integration is triggered by an order being created, it will automatically generate the invoice with the order details, and email it to the email address specified at checkout.

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