Configure SMTP for outbound emails

Follow these steps:

  • Install two PEAR packages: Mail and Net_SMTP. Go to the console and run the following command.

    $ sudo pear install mail
    $ sudo pear install net_smtp
  • Add the following code to the end of the /opt/bitnami/apps/mediawiki/htdocs/LocalSettings.php file according to your SMTP server settings. This example shows how to configure it using a Gmail account. Replace USERNAME and PASSWORD with your Gmail account username and password respectively.

    $wgSMTP = array(
            'host' => 'ssl://',
            'IDHost' => '',
            'port' => 465,
            'username' => '',
            'password' => 'PASSWORD',
            'auth' => true
  • Restart the servers.

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

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 April 23, 2020