If you want to use a PDF file to create a template, you can convert the file to HTML and then  manually code it for email. MailChimp is designed to send HTML emails, so simply uploading a PDF as a template won't work. If you don't have a coding background, get the help of a web designer to convert your PDF to HTML.

Once the file has been coded, use our MailChimp Template Language to create editable regions in your design, then import the HTML file to the  Saved Templates section of your account and use it to send campaigns or automated emails to your list of subscribers.

If you don't want to convert your file or don't know how to use HTML, try building a campaign using one our predesigned templates and linking to your PDF file.


  • Spam filters like to see a good balance of text and image content in HTML emails. If you send a campaign that contains image only content, it will have a really hard time getting past most spam filters. We suggest that you add a paragraph or two of text to your HTML version of your campaign (outside of the image, text embedded on an image won't count) to help lower your spam filter score.
  • When you provide your own HTML, you need to host your images on your own server. Free servers don't work due to bandwidth issues. 
  • Code all links as absolute links that point directly to your server.

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