Basic template for a Foundation for Emails project.
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Foundation for Emails Template

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Please open all issues with this template on the main Foundation for Emails repo.

This is the official starter project for Foundation for Emails, a framework for creating responsive HTML devices that work in any email client. It has a Gulp-powered build system with these features:

  • Handlebars HTML templates with Panini
  • Simplified HTML email syntax with Inky
  • Sass compilation
  • Image compression
  • Built-in BrowserSync server
  • Full email inlining process


To use this template, your computer needs Node.js 0.12 or greater. The template can be installed with the Foundation CLI, or downloaded and set up manually.

Using the CLI

Install the Foundation CLI with this command:

npm install foundation-cli --global

Use this command to set up a blank Foundation for Emails project:

foundation new --framework emails

The CLI will prompt you to give your project a name. The template will be downloaded into a folder with this name.

Manual Setup

To manually set up the template, first download it with Git:

git clone projectname

Then open the folder in your command line, and install the needed dependencies:

cd projectname
npm install

Build Commands

Run npm start to kick off the build process. A new browser tab will open with a server pointing to your project files.

Run npm run build to inline your CSS into your HTML along with the rest of the build process.

Run npm run litmus to build as above, then submit to litmus for testing. AWS S3 Account details required (config.json)

Run npm run zip to build as above, then zip HTML and images for easy deployment to email marketing services.

Litmus Tests (config.json)

Testing in Litmus requires the images to be hosted publicly. The provided gulp task handles this by automating hosting to an AWS S3 account. Provide your Litmus and AWS S3 account details in the example.config.json and then rename to config.json. Litmus config, and aws.url are required, however if you follow the aws-sdk suggestions you don't need to supply the AWS credentials into this JSON.

  "aws": {
    "region": "us-east-1",
    "accessKeyId": "YOUR_ACCOUNT_KEY",
    "secretAccessKey": "YOUR_ACCOUNT_SECRET",
    "params": {
        "Bucket": "elasticbeanstalk-us-east-1-THIS_IS_JUST_AN_EXAMPLE"
    "url": ""
  "litmus": {
    "username": "",
    "password": "YOUR_ACCOUNT_PASSWORD",
    "url": "",
    "applications": ["ol2003","ol2007","ol2010","ol2011","ol2013","chromegmailnew","chromeyahoo","appmail9","iphone5s","ipad","android4","androidgmailapp"]

For a full list of Litmus' supported test clients(applications) see their client list.

Caution: AWS Service Fees will result, however, are usually very low do to minimal traffic. Use at your own discretion.

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