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Author's profile photo Daniel Wroblewski

Send emails from automation without Outlook in SAP Process Automation

UPDATE: In the configuration in the destination below, 2 properties may be incorrect:

  • Port likely has to be 587
  • mail.smtp.ssl.enable should be false

Within the low-code, no-code space, I’m working hard to master SAP AppGyver (see my 100-day challenge), but I was helping someone out with something else and learned how to send emails within an automation, which I thought was cool. So I thought to write about it.

Note that I am using automations within SAP Process Automation, and not standalone iRPA, but (1) You should start to use SAP Process Automation, a combination of iRPA, workflows and other fun stuff; (2) I think you can do the same thing in iRPA.

Also note that this method requires you to do the email sending within an automation, not the workflow. I will do a second blog on sending within a workflow.


Set up mail server

DISCLAIMER: You must ensure that security is maintained properly for your email server. I will show you how I was able to send emails from a separate Gmail account, but you must guarantee security for yourself.

I created a separate Gmail account, and created an app password (not currently recommended) as an alternative to the account password. The first time I sent an email it was flagged and I had to tell Google that it was OK for my app to connect to my Gmail account.

Then I defined a destination in BTP as in the following screenshot. Note the name (which is a flag to SPA, the type, and the port). I’m not sure you really need all these parameters — check the documentation.

Once this is set, if you go back to SPA lobby, and then go to Settings > Mail Server, you will see the mail server. You do not have to do anything here.


Send mail

In short, the way it works is this:

You create an Alert object in your project. All that this defines is the base text message, the severity, and any additional parameters you want to the automation to pass in during execution.

In your automation, you add a Raise Alert activity. All you define here is the alert you just created, plus values for any parameters.

Finally, you need to create an Alert Handler outside your project, in the Settings > Alert Handlers area (I assume this is considered a task for admins who don’t want developers of automations to send emails without their approval). Click Add Alert Handler.

Specify the alert for which you want an alert handler.

IMPORTANT: You will not see your alert here until you have deployed your automation. I learned that the hard way 😀.

Fill out the details of your email. Here you can use any parameters you sent from the automations, plus some built-in parameters.

Now you can run the automation and test the emails. But note that if you just run a test of your automation, it will not send the emails. You must submit the form that triggers your process, which then sets off the automation. I also learned this the hard way, after probably 20 tests 🙄.

Start the process, like this:

Don’t test the automation, like this:


Add dynamic email addresses

The above, however, requires me to send the email to a fixed email address. But you can get email addresses from your automation, of API calls, and pass them to the alert handler.

Define a parameter in the alert for another email address.

In your Raise Alert activity, specify the email address.

Finally, in your alert handler, add the passed parameter to the To field. The parameter will appear in the parameter dropdowns.




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      Author's profile photo Rafael Caziraghi
      Rafael Caziraghi


      Just in case anyone tried to send an email (using this configuration) and had issues please check this other post:

      Hope it helps!


      Author's profile photo Erick Gómez
      Erick Gómez

      Hi Rafael,


      This work for me: Configure a SMTP Mail Destination | SAP Help Portal


      Best regards,



      Author's profile photo Rafael Caziraghi
      Rafael Caziraghi

      Hello again,

      Following up on my previous comment on your post about sending emails from automation inside SAP Process Automation here, I would like to add another important tip for those using a Gmail account.

      In addition to the steps already mentioned, it is crucial to enable the "Less secure app access" option in your Google account settings. You can adjust this setting in your Google account configuration at

      Hope this helps!

      Best regards,

      Author's profile photo Alejandro Jose Onorati
      Alejandro Jose Onorati


      For those of you having trouble with sending e-mails with Google, in addition to Dan's Destination mail configuration in SAP BTP, I had to do 2 more things:

      1. Created an app password on Google Account->Security->How you sign in to Google->2-Step Verification->App passwords
      2. Then entered that app password in Destination password field.


      Author's profile photo Daniel Wroblewski
      Daniel Wroblewski
      Blog Post Author

      Thanks for adding details about the Google password 😺. This is mentioned near the top of the blog, and it should be noted that Google said this was not the recommended approach.