Export to Email from Lightroom

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Export images from Lightroom to Email, this plug-in exports your images directly through a SMTP server. Multiple smtp servers can be defined this should be helpful for traveling photographers in different environments, supports SMTP authentication and SSLv3/TLS (no sslv2 or lower support for port 465 maybe a future release)

I tested extensively on both Windows and Mac operating systems.

I am currently adding options as I use the plug-in in my everyday workflow and I think it will be of use for others. Basic setup is simple add a outgoing smtp server/servers fill in the fields as required To, From, subject etc..
You can send multiple attachments.
Gmail users please check SSL box so it will use the proper port.


  1. Download Latest version! 
  2. After unzipping, you should end up with a folder whose name ends in ".lrplugin" On a Mac, a ".lrplugin" folder actually appears as a "module" package.
  3. Move the plug-in folder to wherever you'd like to store your plug-ins.
  4. Check plugin history

On Windows

  1. In Windows XP & 7, "C:\Documents and Users\username\Application Data\Adobe\Lightroom\Modules"
  2. In Windows Vista, "C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Lightroom\Modules"
  3. If you've followed this advice, you can stop reading this message. Nothing will change for you.
  4. It has always been possible, though not documented or recommended, to install plug-ins in the folder "C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop Lightroom#\Modules\".
  5. You will either need to move those files manually, or (better yet) move them to the App Data folder instead.

On Mac OS X

  1. In Mac/OS X, if the plug-in is provided as a folder ending with ".lrplugin" then you can simply click on it in Finder, and it will install for you.
  2. To install either one manually, move the plug-in folder to "/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Lightroom/Modules/ to install for all users, or for just yourself, to the folder of the same name under your home "~/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Lightroom/Modules/"
  3. In either case you'll have to create the Modules folder within the Lightroom folder if it's not already there.

To use the Plug-In Manager to enable/disable plug-ins. Choose File > Plug-In Manager or click the Plug-in Manager button in the Export dialog box.

To use an export plug-in, click the double-pointing arrow (
) at the far right of the Files On Disk button that straddles the top of the Export dialog box. Then, choose the plug-in from the list.
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  1. First thing you must do is add your smtp server/s this can be your local ISP or a public smtp server.
  2. smtp port can be left blank for the default port "25" or ssl/tls default is "465 and 587" you can also use a custom port number.
  3. If its a secure smtp server type your user-name and password is necessary.


Examples for popular SMTP services


Use Authentication: Yes
Ports: 25/587


Use Authentication: Yes
Ports: 465/587


Use Authentication: Yes
Ports: 465/587


New lines

When typing your message you'll probably wish to press the <return> key to start a new line. Unfortunately on a PC this will not work. Instead you need to type in '\n', and this will be converted to a new line. At this time I have not figured out a workaround

Exporting from the export menu

If you've created a preset that uses Export to Mail, then the plugin will export via the menu option (right-click on image -> Export). All previous preset options will be used.


The plugin keeps track of which photos it's sent via "Export to Mail". You can then filter for these images using the Filter Bar or Smart Collections, the plug-in also maintains a list of all the recipients of a given photo, so you can see who you've sent the email to.


  1. Add an option to send yourself a copy with just the image names "not attachments" so you can have a record of what you sent.
  2. SSLv2 support "this may take awhile" Thats it so far until I have suggestions from other users.
  3. Creating a setting that will automatically break up email into smaller chunks if it's over predetermined size.
  4. Option to archive all images into one zip file.
  5. Open to suggestions.