What is the best way to send large batches of emails in ASP.NET?


I'm currently looping through a datareader and calling the System.Net.Mail.SmtpClient's Send() method. The problem with this is that it's slow. Each email takes about 5-10 seconds to send (it's possible this is just an issue with my host). I had to override the executionTimeout default in my web.config file (it defaults to 90 seconds) like this:

 <httpRuntime executionTimeout="3000" />

One caveat: I'm on a shared host, so I don't think it is possible for me to send using the PickupDirectoryFromIis option (at least, it gave me errors when I turned it on).

9/11/2008 3:59:06 PM

Accepted Answer

You could send the mail asynchronous. That way the timeout should not interrupt your sending.

This article should help you get started with that: Sending Emails Asynchronously in C#.

There is another approach here:

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9/11/2008 4:09:27 PM

Definitely spawn it off on a background worker process so they go out asynchronously.

BTW, 5-10 seconds per e-mail seems way slow to me. On my server it takes just fractions of a second per e-mail.