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Blocks: Quickmail

Maintained by Picture of Buddy Ethridge Buddy Ethridge, Picture of jason peak jason peak, Picture of Robert Russo Robert Russo, Picture of David Elliott David Elliott
A block that provides selective, bulk emailing within courses. Developed by LSU.

Quickmail is a block that provides selective, bulk emailing within courses.


  • Multiple attachments
  • Drafts
  • Signatures
  • Filter by Role
  • Filter by Groups
  • Optionally allow Students to email people within their group.


Quickmail adopts the same license that Moodle does.


Quickmail was developed at Louisiana State University.


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Buddy Ethridge (Lead maintainer)
Picture of Philip Cali
Philip Cali: Former Lead Developer
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  • Picture of Howard Miller
    Wed, Apr 15, 2015, 10:07 PM
    Just noting that the download zip files have obviously been done on OSX and are stuffed full of __MACOSX directories which is a bit annoying. You might want to sort this (direct link to Github zip download maybe).
  • Picture of David Elliott
    Thu, Apr 16, 2015, 12:09 AM
    There is a 1.5.1 version without MacOSX dirs now. Thanks.
  • Ricardo Caiado
    Thu, Apr 16, 2015, 3:55 AM
    Version 1.5.1?


    $plugin->version = 2014042914;
    $plugin->requires = 2013051400;
    $plugin->release = "v1.5.0";
    $plugin->maturity = MATURITY_STABLE;
  • Picture of David Elliott
    Thu, Apr 16, 2015, 4:49 AM
    @Ricardo , what is your question? The 1.5.1 version is just the 1.5.0 version without the auto directories mac osx puts in things occasionally. If it doesn't work correctly use 1.5.0
  • Ricardo Caiado
    Thu, Apr 16, 2015, 5:58 AM
    I updated my server with this package (1.5.1), but the notification area keeps saying there is a new version "1.5.1" available.

    "$plugin->version = 2014042914;"

    The file I downloaded is ""

  • Ricardo Caiado
    Thu, Apr 16, 2015, 11:25 PM
    The "version.php" included in this package ("") says it's version "1.5.0", not "1.5.1"


    $plugin->version = 2014042914;
    $plugin->requires = 2013051400;
    $plugin->release = "v1.5.0";
    $plugin->maturity = MATURITY_STABLE;

  • Picture of Bei Chapman
    Fri, Apr 17, 2015, 2:38 AM
    Hi David,

    Sorry for the late response from my end. I spent last couple of days testing out various combination of backup and restore, with or without the user date and quickmail history, from one server to another server etc.

    Good news ... the newer version of quickmail plugin (2015122912, v1.5.0) is actually working with the backup/restore as expected.

    Bad news ... the ORACLE error 01722 that I ran into is only linked to that particular course. From the error snippet, does 'o_itemid' => '' string means no value to pass in as a parameter? Would that be the problem (because this column is no-null field? If yes, what would cause this no-value?

    So far other courses that I have run all passed the test.

    If you can help me to understand what causes it, I will be in a better position next time.

    Thanks a lot.
  • Picture of Blair F.
    Sat, Apr 18, 2015, 1:29 AM
    I get the following error while trying to restore a course WITH Quickmail history set to "yes" (in courses with a history to restore). I'm using Moodle version: 2.6.10 (2013111810) and Quickmail version 2014042915, but the problem existed with 2014022713, as well.

    More information about this error
    Debug info:
    Error code: unknown_context_mapping
    $a contents: error
    Stack trace:
    • line 887 of /backup/util/dbops/restore_dbops.class.php: restore_dbops_exception thrown
    • line 75 of /blocks/quickmail/backup/moodle2/restore_quickmail_stepslib.php: call to restore_dbops::send_files_to_pool()
    • line 41 of /blocks/quickmail/backup/moodle2/restore_quickmail_stepslib.php: call to restore_quickmail_log_structure_step->process_log()
    • line 137 of /backup/util/plan/restore_structure_step.class.php: call to restore_quickmail_log_structure_step->process_block()
    • line 103 of /backup/util/helper/restore_structure_parser_processor.class.php: call to restore_structure_step->process()
    • line 123 of /backup/util/xml/parser/processors/grouped_parser_processor.class.php: call to restore_structure_parser_processor->dispatch_chunk()
    • line 204 of /backup/util/xml/parser/progressive_parser.class.php: call to grouped_parser_processor->after_path()
    • line 284 of /backup/util/xml/parser/progressive_parser.class.php: call to progressive_parser->inform_end()
    • line ? of unknownfile: call to progressive_parser->end_tag()
    • line 175 of /backup/util/xml/parser/progressive_parser.class.php: call to xml_parse()
    • line 154 of /backup/util/xml/parser/progressive_parser.class.php: call to progressive_parser->parse()
    • line 110 of /backup/util/plan/restore_structure_step.class.php: call to progressive_parser->process()
    • line 181 of /backup/util/plan/base_task.class.php: call to restore_structure_step->execute()
    • line 177 of /backup/util/plan/base_plan.class.php: call to base_task->execute()
    • line 167 of /backup/util/plan/restore_plan.class.php: call to base_plan->execute()
    • line 333 of /backup/controller/restore_controller.class.php: call to restore_plan->execute()
    • line 184 of /backup/util/ui/restore_ui.class.php: call to restore_controller->execute_plan()
    • line 99 of /backup/restore.php: call to restore_ui->execute()

    Thanks, in advance, for your help!
  • Picture of Yong Ra
    Tue, Apr 21, 2015, 11:33 PM
    Has anyone else experienced any issue with upgrade? The plugin manager indicated there is an update, then I tried to install it from there, it keep going back to the click here to install. It never gets updated. I have 2.8.5+ running.

    Thank you.
  • Picture of Blair F.
    Tue, May 5, 2015, 11:47 PM
    I have submitted my issue, posted on April 17th, to Github:
  • Picture of Kees Koopman
    Wed, May 13, 2015, 10:02 PM

    When I send a mail to users with an attachment, the user gets more info then I want.

    Moodle Attachments (Download All)

    Is this info normal? Can I disable this message?

    Thanks in advance for your help.

  • Picture of David Elliott
    Wed, May 13, 2015, 11:46 PM
    Hello Kees Koopman. You can definitely edit the string file in the language file. Do you know how to do that? You can probably even do it through the moodle web site interface, I'm not sure though. .

    What info do you not want people to see?

    There isn't an option to disable the message inside of quickmail though.
  • Picture of Kees Koopman
    Thu, May 14, 2015, 1:09 AM
    Thanks, I shall have a look!
  • Picture of Adele Shemberger
    Sat, May 23, 2015, 6:03 AM
    So I'm wondering is there a quickmail version for 2.8 and 2.9? I see a download and install now button for 2.7, but nothing for 2.8 or 2.9. This is very critical to our program. We are currently using 2.4, but will be upgrading in a few days. I'm wondering if we need to move only to 2.7 to insure Quickmail is available.
  • Picture of David Elliott
    Sat, May 23, 2015, 6:26 AM
    Hi Adele Shemberger

    QM works in 2.8. The latest version does seem to have a restore and backup bug I'm working out currently. But other than that it seems to be ok. I know some other large universities that have been using it. LSU is still on 2.7. I will be uploading a new version of QM when we upgrade which I'm not sure when that will be.
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