When I add a new Webform node type, this have no e-mail recipien by default. You can read this message:

Currently not sending e-mails, add an e-mail recipient below.

Is there a way to get a e-mail recipient value by default when creating a webform node?

2 Answers 2


You can do this with a custom module and hook_node_presave(). After you have a custom module created, you can use code like this to create a default e-mail configuration for any created Webforms.

Assuming your module were called myexample.module, the hook would look like this:

 * Implements hook_node_presave().
function myexample_node_presave($node) {
  // Add a default e-mail configuration for new nodes.
  if (empty($node->nid) && $node->type == 'webform') {
    $node->webform['emails'][] = array(
      'email' => '[email protected]',
      'subject' => 'default',
      'from_name' => 'default',
      'from_address' => 'default',
      'template' => 'default',
      'excluded_components' => array(),
      'html' => 0,
      'attachments' => 0,
  • hook_node_presave will execute before each insert and update operation, and after each update new recipient will attached to webform, so add $node->is_new to if statement or use hook_node_insert Apr 16, 2012 at 6:22
  • Thanks it works as expected. Could I also set a default email template text, something like 'Hello, a message is sent from %title...' ?
    – chefnelone
    Apr 16, 2012 at 11:41
  • I already get the default email template text by setting 'template' in the array. What about setting 'from_address' to the email component?
    – chefnelone
    Apr 16, 2012 at 11:47
  • Adding $node->is_new isn't needed since I checked empty($node->nid). hook_node_insert() fires after the node has already been saved, so if you want webform to do the saving for you, it has to be in hook_node_presave(). You can set the email text by changing the "template" portion. Using the special word "default" will use the default webform template, as produced by the theme system and webform-mail.tpl.php. The same principle applies to from_name and from_address. Apr 16, 2012 at 15:39
  • I would like to add that you might want to make sure that when you're doing this on hook_node_insert you need to make sure that your module is on a higher weight then the webform module, since it'll delete your e-mails elsewise. Hope this helps some others out, been at this for hours.
    – Ambidex
    Sep 12, 2014 at 13:47

Yes, you can.

You go to your webform node, click on "webform" then "email's", you should set up one if you don't have one, and on "E-mail to address" you can write your default email. You can even set up the subject and the body. You can print the whole email through %email_values token value, or field by field with label using %email[yourfield] or without label using %value[yourfield].

I'm editing my answer:

You can set a defaul email recipient you have three choices:

  1. You create an email field with a defaul value (your email) and the user can change that value;
  2. create an email field with your email such as default value and click on "disable" if you don't want the user changes the email but he can still see it;
  3. create a email field with your email such as default and click on "hidden", the user won't be able to see and change that email;

I hope this time will be useful :D

  • The OP is asking if you can automatically have the e-mail to address populated. This doesn't answer his question.
    – Chapabu
    Apr 3, 2012 at 10:55
  • I need the e-mail automatically added when I create the node.
    – chefnelone
    Apr 3, 2012 at 10:55
  • Sorry, I've edited my answer. Apr 3, 2012 at 11:09
  • This still isn't a sufficient answer. OP wants e-mail recipients automatically added at time of creation. He doesn't want to have to click through to Add an e-mail recipient every time. I've taken a look at using hook_node_insert, but it doesn't seem to save the webform data at that point. Might be worth checking out hook_node_update.
    – Chapabu
    Apr 3, 2012 at 11:28
  • what about rules, can this be done with a rule?
    – chefnelone
    Apr 3, 2012 at 19:44

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