Configure SMTP for outbound emails

TIP: DreamFactory virtual machines and cloud images already have Postfix mail server installed. It is possible to send emails from Postfix, but it is not recommended to send emails from the server itself.

Version 1.x

We recommend configuring the “Email” service in the DreamFactory administration panel to send emails through SMTP. Navigate to “Services -> Email Service”, select the “SMTP” provider and configure it according to your SMTP credentials.

For instance, here is an example of configuring SMTP settings to send emails through a Gmail account. Replace USERNAME and PASSWORD with your Gmail account username and password respectively.

Port: 465
Security: SSL
Password: PASSWORD

Dreamfactory mail configuration

Version 2.x

Edit the /opt/bitnami/apps/dreamfactory/htdocs/bootstrap/cache/config.php file and configure the SMTP options.

For example, to configure a Gmail account, use the settings below. Replace USERNAME and PASSWORD with your Gmail account username and password respectively.

'mail' =>
array (
  'driver' => 'smtp',
  'host' => '',
  'port' => 587,
  'from' =>
  array (
    'address' => '',
    'name' => 'User Name',
  'encryption' => 'tls',
  'username' => '',
  'password' => 'PASSWORD',

To configure the application to use the SMTP service provided by Amazon Simple Email Service (SES), refer to the guide on using Amazon SES.

NOTE: Amazon EC2 blocks SMTP port 25 by default on all Amazon EC2 instances, and you must manually request removal of this restriction to use this port.

To configure the application to use other third-party SMTP services for outgoing email, such as SendGrid, refer to the FAQ.

NOTE: If you are using Gmail as the outbound email server, your application’s attempts to send outgoing emails may be blocked by Gmail if it considers the authentication attempts to be suspicious. When this happens, you will receive a Gmail security alert at the corresponding Gmail address. To proceed, you will need to manually confirm the validity of the authentication attempt before Gmail will permit the application to send outbound emails. For more information on this and other Gmail issues related to outbound email from your application, refer to our Gmail SMTP troubleshooting page.

Last modification November 17, 2020