I have made a deep research over the web and I also tried a lot of alternative solutions, but I didn't find any solution to disable the email notification for new users.

In my User Settings, I have the option "Visitors can create accounts but administrator approval is required" checked, and the option "Require e-mail verification when a visitor creates an account" not checked.

Do you have any idea?

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If you look at the function _user_email_notify(), it checks the variable 'user_mail_' . $op . '_notify' if it should send an email or not. Assuming that you have disabled email confirmation (otherwise, disabling mail notifications would be weird ;)), the $op is 'register_no_approval_required'. So the full variable name is 'user_mail_register_no_approval_required_notify'.

There doesn't seem to be a User Interface for that variable. However, you can set it in your settings.php, adding the following line at the end of settings.php (probably inside sites/default).

$conf['user_mail_register_no_approval_required_notify'] = FALSE;

You can do the same for other mail notifications too; the other possible $op values are listed on the linked page.

  • Thank you so much. It is so hard to believe that there is not admin setting.
    – qasimzee
    Commented Nov 20, 2013 at 12:58
  • Actually, I can see a use-case for preventing emails w/ user confirmation required. The system emails are pretty limited if you want to send html emails or vary the response by user role, so I can seeing wanting to take over this workflow with Rules & custom emails. Thanks @Berdir.
    – doub1ejack
    Commented Feb 26, 2014 at 20:03
  • FYI, the 'mailcontrol' module below is this same solution rolled into a simple module. Don't overlook it.
    – doub1ejack
    Commented Feb 26, 2014 at 21:46
  • You can also set this variable on the database. In the variable table
    – Alfonso_MA
    Commented Aug 12, 2020 at 23:01

You can use the Mailcontrol module.

It allows you to turn on/off any standard Drupal mail you wish right from the UI.

Have full control over the default mails sent by Drupal 7 out of the box.


This small module extends original Drupal 7 account settings page with the ability to globally turn ON/OFF all standard mails. By default Drupal 7 provides no option to globally disable the following mails:

  • Welcome (new user created by administrator)
  • Welcome (awaiting approval)
  • Welcome (no approval required)
  • Password recovery

In Drupal 8, the the equivalent of the code given from Berdir for the settings.php file is the following one.

$config['user.settings']['notify.register_no_approval_required'] = FALSE;

You can use this in a custom module to add the settings in a checkbox as it is done in account activation settings.

function your_module_form_user_admin_settings_alter(&$form, &$form_state) {

  // allow admin to choose if a notification mail is sent to no approval required users
  form['email_no_approval_required']['user_mail_register_no_approval_required_notify'] = array(
    '#type' => 'checkbox',
    '#title' => t('Notify user when account is created.'),
    '#default_value' => variable_get('user_mail_register_no_approval_required_notify', FALSE),

In Drupal 7:

You can edit the variable table directly: name: user_mail_status_activated_notify value: i:0;

or in your template.php file:

if(variable_get('user_mail_status_activated_notify') == 1){
    variable_set('user_mail_status_activated_notify', 0);

There is a checkbox to disable at admin/user/user/create. For me, it's disabled by default.

  • Yes, this really is supposed to work, but, I meant, in case of anonymous registration, do not send an automatic email notify.
    – lnunesbr
    Commented May 3, 2011 at 21:11
  • @Inunesbr What do you mean with "anonymous registration"?
    – apaderno
    Commented May 3, 2011 at 21:18
  • @kiamlaluno the visitor who creates an account by itself in "user/register"
    – lnunesbr
    Commented May 3, 2011 at 21:22

For Drupal 8 following work for me.

The following code does not send an email after registration.

 * Implements hook_mail_alter().
 * Don't send any mail during registration.
function mymodule_mail_alter(&$message) {
  if ($message['id'] == 'user_register_no_approval_required' && $message['key'] == 'register_no_approval_required') {
      $message['send'] = FALSE;

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