In my plugin, I'm sending an email like this:

$recipients = '[email protected]';

$email = new EmailModel();
$email->toEmail = $recipients;
$email->subject = 'My Email Subject';
$email->body    = 'My Email Body';


Which works great! But when I'm sending to multiple people, the string would look like this...

$recipients = '[email protected], [email protected]';

... and it generates an error:

Invalid address: [email protected], [email protected]

How do I properly send an email to multiple recipients?

2 Answers 2


You can loop through a list of your recipients:

// Comma-separated list of recipients
$recipients = '[email protected], [email protected]';

// Break out recipients into an array
$recipientList = explode( ",", $recipients );

// Create the globally known things about the EmailModel
$email = new EmailModel();
$email->subject = 'My Email Subject';
$email->body    = 'My Email Body';

// Loop through each recipient in the recipient list
foreach ( $recipientList as $recipient )
        // Add a specific recipient to the email model
        $email->toEmail = $recipient;

        // Send the email
        craft()->email->sendEmail( $email );
    catch ( \Exception $e )
        // Do nothing
        return false;
  • This worked perfectly! I'm a little bummed that "toEmail" is incapable of handling multiple email addresses (since the PHP mail function can handle multiple recipients with no problem), but your solution did the trick as a solid workaround. Thanks Ben!
    – Lindsey D
    Commented Jun 25, 2014 at 5:06
  • 1
    Why not use cc? Commented Jun 20, 2018 at 22:13
$email->cc = array(
    array('email' => '[email protected]', 'name' => 'Person One'),
    // ...

If you want emails recipients to see other recipients listed in the email, use 'cc'; otherwise, use the loop as the other answer suggested, or 'bcc'.

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