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EmailComponent is now deprecated, but it will keep working. Internally this class is using CakeEmail to send emails. Unfortunately, you will need to move your files from app/views/elements/emails to app/View/Emails. Also, rename the directory email to Emails in the layouts path. If it affects others places in your application, we recommend to you create symbolic links.

We recommend to you upgrade your code to use CakeEmail class instead of the EmailComponent. Below some tips about the migration.

  • The headers are not changed to be X-... What you set is what is used. So, remember to put X- in your custom headers.
  • The send() method receives only the message content. The template and layout should be set using CakeEmail::template() method.
  • The list of attachments should be an array of filenames (that will appear in email) as key and value the full path to real file.
  • At any error, CakeEmail will throw an exception instead of return false. We recommend to you use try/catch to ensure your messages are delivered correctly.

Below some examples of using EmailComponent ($component) and now with CakeEmail ($lib):

  • From $component->to = ''; to $lib->to('');
  • From $component->to = 'Alias <>'; to $lib->to('', 'Alias'); or $lib->to(array('' => 'Alias'));
  • From $component->subject = 'My subject'; to $lib->subject('My subject');
  • From $component->date = 'Sun, 25 Apr 2011 01:00:00 -0300'; to $lib->addHeaders(array('Date' => 'Sun, 25 Apr 2011 01:00:00 -0300'));
  • From $component->header['Custom'] = 'only my'; to $lib->addHeaders(array('X-Custom' => 'only my'));
  • From $component->send(null, 'template', 'layout'); to $lib->template('template', 'layout')->send();
  • From $component->delivery = 'smtp'; to $lib->transport('smtp');
  • From $component->smtpOptions = array('host' => ''); to $lib->config(array('host' => ''));
  • From $sent = $component->httpMessage; to $sent = $lib->message(CakeEmail::MESSAGE_HTML);

For more information you should read the CakeEmail documentation.