How To Add Mandrill To Mailchimp

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Integrating Mandrill with Mailchimp is an excellent method for enhancing your email marketing abilities and enhancing the efficiency and success of your email campaigns. In this guide, I will lead you through the process of adding Mandrill to Mailchimp step by step, offering my own commentary and insights throughout.

Introduction to Mandrill and Mailchimp

Mandrill is a transactional email service provided by Mailchimp. It allows you to send personalized, automated, and targeted emails to your subscribers. With Mandrill, you can track the performance of your emails, manage your email templates, and ensure high deliverability rates.

Mailchimp, on the other hand, is a popular email marketing platform that enables businesses to create and manage email campaigns, build subscriber lists, and analyze campaign performance. By integrating Mandrill into Mailchimp, you can leverage the advanced features of Mandrill while enjoying the ease of use and powerful automation capabilities of Mailchimp.

Step 1: Sign up for a Mandrill Account

The first step in adding Mandrill to Mailchimp is to sign up for a Mandrill account. Visit the Mandrill website and click on the “Sign Up” button to create a new account. You will need to provide your email address, username, and password.

Once you have created your Mandrill account, you will receive a confirmation email. Click on the link to verify your email address and complete the account setup process.

Step 2: Generate an API Key in Mandrill

To integrate Mandrill with Mailchimp, you need to generate an API key in Mandrill. This key will allow Mailchimp to authenticate and communicate with your Mandrill account.

In your Mandrill account, navigate to the “Settings” tab and click on “API Keys”. Click on the “New API Key” button to generate a new API key. Give your API key a name and choose the desired permissions. For Mailchimp integration, make sure to enable the necessary permissions for sending emails and managing templates.

After generating the API key, copy it to your clipboard. This key will be used in the next step to connect Mandrill with Mailchimp.

Step 3: Connect Mandrill to Mailchimp

Now that you have a Mandrill account and an API key, it’s time to connect Mandrill to Mailchimp.

Log in to your Mailchimp account and navigate to the “Account” dropdown menu. Select “Settings” and then click on “Connected Sites” in the “Extras” section.

On the “Connected Sites” page, click on the “Connect” button next to Mandrill. Enter your Mandrill API key in the provided field and click on “Connect”. Mailchimp will now verify the API key and establish a connection with your Mandrill account.

Step 4: Configure Mandrill as the Default Sending Method

With Mandrill now connected to Mailchimp, you can configure it as the default sending method for your email campaigns.

In your Mailchimp account, navigate to the “Account” dropdown menu and select “Settings”. Click on “Email” and then choose “Mandrill” as the sending method from the dropdown menu. Save your changes.

From now on, all emails sent through Mailchimp will be sent using Mandrill, ensuring improved deliverability and tracking capabilities.


Congratulations! You have successfully added Mandrill to Mailchimp. By integrating these two powerful platforms, you can take your email marketing to the next level with enhanced deliverability, tracking, and automation capabilities. Remember to regularly monitor your email campaigns and leverage the features offered by Mandrill and Mailchimp to optimize your email marketing efforts.