Pulled from http://laravelcoding.com/blog/laravel-5-beauty-sending-mail-and-using-queues


Changing the Controller

To queue the email, there’s only a single small change to make. Update your ContractController class as instructed.

Change to ContractController.php

// Find the line below
   Mail::send('emails.contact', $data, function ($message) use ($data) {

// And change it to match what's below
   Mail::queue('emails.contact', $data, function ($message) use ($data) {

That’s it! Instead of Mail::send() we call Mail::queue() and Laravel will automatically queue it for us.

Where’s the Email

Test out the Contact Us form again. After you click [Send] there should be no delay before you see the Success message.

Still, you can wait forever for the email and it will never arrive.


Because there’s no process running in the background, watching for and handling items arriving in the queue.

Running queue:work

To process the next item on the queue, we can manually run artisan’s queue:work command.

This command will do nothing if the queue is empty. But if there’s an item on the queue it will fetch the item and attempt to execute it.

Running Artisan queue:work

vagrant@homestead:~/Code/l5beauty$ php artisan queue:work
Processed: mailer@handleQueuedMessage

As you can see here it handled the queued email message. Now the email should arrive in your inbox within moments.

Automatically Processing the Queue

Of course, having to manually log into our server and run the artisan queue:work each time we want to process the next item on the queue is ridiculous.

There’s a few options to automate this.

Using a Scheduled Command

Another option for low volume sites is to schedule queue:work to run every minute. Or even every 5 minutes. This is best done using Laravel 5.1’s command scheduler.

Edit app/Console/Kernel.php and make the changes below.

Editing Console Kernel

// Replace the following method
   * Define the application's command schedule.
   * @param  Schedule  $schedule
   * @return void
  protected function schedule(Schedule $schedule)
    // Run once a minute
    $schedule->command('queue:work')->cron('* * * * * *');

This will run the queue:work command once a minute. You can change this frequency in many ways.

Various Run Frequencies in Console Kernel

// Run every 5 minutes

// Run once a day

// Run Mondays at 8:15am
$schedule->command('queue:work')->weeklyOn(1, '8:15');

To see more options view the documentation.

The second step in setting up the scheduled command is to modify your machine’s crontab. Edit crontab and add the following line.

Crontab Line for Artisan Scheduler

* * * * * php /path/to/artisan schedule:run 1>> /dev/null 2>&1

This will call artisan to run anything currently scheduled, sending any output to the null device.