Sending messages with third-party services

App Engine apps can use third-party companies to send email, SMS messages, or make and receive phone calls. For example, you might send email to confirm business transactions, confirm the creation of user accounts, or send marketing communications.

This page lists some examples of companies that provide communication services and client libraries for App Engine apps.


Mailgun provides both RESTful APIs and client libraries for sending email, along with a free quota for all users. See the monthly pricing calculator on the sign up page for pricing on additional messages and volume discounts.

Learn more about Mailgun:


Mailjet is a global email service that offers a free quota for App Engine users. To take advantage of this offer, click the following link to Create a Mailjet account.

Learn more about Mailjet:


You can use SendGrid to power your emails on App Engine. SendGrid can improve your deliverability and provide transparency into what actually happens to those emails your app sends. You can see statistics on opens, clicks, unsubscribes, spam reports and more with the SendGrid interface or its API.

App Engine customers can take advantage of a free quota by signing up for the SendGrid Email API plan through the Google Cloud console. Note that Google is compensated for customers who sign up for a paid account.

Learn more about SendGrid:

SMS and Voice Services via Twilio

You can use Twilio to embed voice, VoIP, and messaging into applications. The Twilio platform consists of the Twilio Markup Language (TwiML), a RESTful API, and VoIP SDKs for web browsers, Android, and iOS.

Learn more about Twilio:

Adding client libraries and third-party API keys to your app

To make client libraries available in your App Engine development and deployment environments, specify the library as a dependency. For example, to specify dependencies for the Node.js runtime, see here.

Most third party services use API keys to authenticate your app. You generate the keys on the third-party's site. To use those keys in your app, we recommend you do the following:

  1. Add the key to the environment variables section in your app's app.yaml file.

    For example:

         EMAIL_API_KEY: key-from-third-party

    If you are using the Node.js runtime, add the key to the configururation variables in your app's environment variables section in your app's app.standard.yaml file.

  2. In your app's code, retrieve the key from your environment variables.

    For example, if you are using the Python runtime:

     EMAIL_API_KEY = os.environ['EMAIL_API_KEY']
  3. Pass the key as required by the third party's API.

Note that anyone with access to your app.yaml will also have access to your API keys. If you can't store app.yaml in a secure location, we recommend you store the API keys in a secure location such as Firestore in Datastore mode (Datastore) and retrieve the keys at runtime, or keep the keys in your code but encrypt them with a keystore, such as Cloud Key Management Service. To learn about the advantages of each approach, see Choosing a secret management solution.