Craft Express Forms 1.0.4

I have an Express Forms set up. It submits and saves entries to the DB which can be viewed in the CP, however email notifications are not sent.

Sending a test email via settings > email works as expected as does a different Express Forms form, but this one does not and I am flummoxed.

when I check the Express forms log I see this: enter image description here

Here is a simplified template of my form where you can see the notification email address are set to a field in the page entry or if that is empty default email addresses are used.

// set send email address from careers entry 
{% set sendEmailAddress %}
  {# loop through emails from job entry page and set the form to send to those emails #}
  {% for email in entry.applicationEmails %}
    "{{ email.emailAddress }}"{% if not loop.last %},{% endif %}
  {% else %}
  {# if empty send to this address #}
    "[email protected]", "[email protected]"
  {% endfor %}
{% endset %}

{# this testing div outputs emails as expected #}
<div class="testing">
  {{ sendEmailAddress }}
</div><!-- /.testing -->

{% set form = craft.expressforms.form("jobapplication") %}

{# General Error Handling #}
{% if not form.valid %}
    <div class="alert alert-danger" role="alert">
        {{ "Error! Please review the form and try submitting again."|t }}
        {% if form.errors|length %}
                {% for error in form.errors %}
                    <li>{{ error|t }}</li>
                {% endfor %}
        {% endif %}
{% endif %}

{{ form.openTag({
   return: '?success=1',
   dynamicNotifications: {
      to: [sendEmailAddress],
      template: "job-application.twig",
}) }}

    Various Fields here

  <button type="submit" data-application-submit class="btn btn-default" disabled>{{ "contact_submit"|t }}</button>

{{ form.closeTag }}

I've tried various approaches to using dynamic emails notifications but nothing seems to work.

My email notification template looks like this where {eMail} is the email field name in the form.

name: 'Job Application Email Notification Template'
description: 'submits job applications to reciever'
fromName: 'Strongco'
fromEmail: '$SYSTEM_EMAIL'
replyTo: '{eMail}'
cc: null
bcc: null
subject: 'Job Application: {positionAppliedFor}'
includeAttachments: true
<p>The following submission came in on {{ dateCreated|date('l, F j, Y \\a\\t g:ia') }}.</p>

    {% for field in form.fields %}
        <li><strong>{{ field.label }}:</strong> {{ field.valueAsString }}</li>
    {% endfor %}

Please advise.

  • I'm guessing the system email address is coming from an environment variable? If so, are you using dotenv?
    – Brad Bell
    Commented Sep 7, 2019 at 0:03
  • @BradBell Yes and yes.
    – CreateSean
    Commented Sep 9, 2019 at 12:48

1 Answer 1


I'm guessing if you update to the latest 3.x release of phpdotenv, the issue will resolve itself.

3.x added better support for environment variables running in multi-threaded environments. You can read some background info here: https://github.com/craftcms/cms/issues/3631

Note that you'll likely need to update how phpdotenv is loaded in your public index.php file. You can read the upgrade guide here: https://github.com/vlucas/phpdotenv/blob/master/UPGRADING.md

  • I moved my email details out of dotenv and saved them directly in the CP and the issue persists.
    – CreateSean
    Commented Sep 12, 2019 at 14:16

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