I created a new module to overwrite the AddressController.php controller.

Here I make some changes and i receive some data from the customer address form. What I want to do now is to take all the data and send it via email.

My code for sending mail from controller looks like this:

$templateId = 17;
$emailTemplate = Mage::getModel('core/email_template')->load($templateId);
$mail = Mage::getModel('core/email');

$email_template_variables = array(
   'first' => $first_name,
   'middlename' => $middle_name,
   'lastname' => $last_name,
   'company' => $company,
   'telephone' => $phone,
   'fax' => $fax,
   'street' => $street[],
   'city' => $city,
   'country_id' => $contry,
   'region' => $state
$mailSubject = 'Change billing address';
$from_email = "[email protected]";
$from_name = "testt";
$processedTemplate = $emailTemplate->getProcessedTemplate($email_template_variables);

$mail = Mage::getModel('core/email');
$mail->setToEmail('[email protected]');

try {
    Mage::getSingleton('core/session')->addSuccess('Your request has been sent');
} catch (Exception $ex) {
    Mage::getSingleton('core/session')->addError('Unable to send.');

Now my question is:

How can I create a new email template in my custom module and send those data? Because if I try to create a new email template from System > Transactional Email. it asks me to load a existing template. But I don't want this. I want to create a new one in my theme.

Can anybody help me with a solution?

2 Answers 2


To define your own custom email template, you need to define it in app/code/<codepool>/<packagename>/<modulename>/etc/config.xml file.

Below is sample code:

        <atwixmodule_email_template translate="label" module="atwixmodule">
            <label>Atwix Email</label>

After that you would need to create an HTML file under app/locale//template/email folder with name defined under tag as defined above.

Now you can use this file in your module.

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  • i already did this. but in my code when i am sendig the email, i use an id. As long i can't see my custom email template in backend, how can i know which ID use my custom template? Commented May 29, 2017 at 13:19
  • 1
    This may help you directly, but either way for others as well, this section belongs within the <global /> section in your config. Commented Aug 6, 2017 at 19:26

Step 1. create new file under : app/locale/en_US/template/emai/template/custom_template.html

<body style="font-family:Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:12px; margin:0; padding:0;"></body>

Step 2. app/code/core/Mage/Customer/etc/config.xml

 <customer_custom_template translate="label" module="customer">
    <label>Custom Template</label>

Step 3. in Controller or model or Observer.php

$emailTemplate = Mage::getModel('core/email_template'); $emailTemplate->loadDefault('customer_custom_template');

$senderName = Mage::getStoreConfig('trans_email/ident_general/name'); $senderEmail = Mage::getStoreConfig('trans_email/ident_general/email');

$emailTemplateVariables = array(); $emailTemplateVariables['name'] = $customerName; $emailTemplateVariables['email'] = $customerEmail; $emailTemplate->setSenderName($senderName); $emailTemplate->setSenderEmail($senderEmail); $emailTemplate->send($reciepentEmail, $reciepentName, $emailTemplateVariables);

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