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://smtp.gmail.com',
            'IDHost' => 'gmail.com',
            'port' => 465,
            'username' => 'USERNAME@gmail.com',
            'password' => 'PASSWORD',
            'auth' => true
  • Restart the servers.

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 and have experienced issues trying to send emails correctly, check the Gmail SMTP troubleshooting page to learn the causes of these issues and how to solve them.

Last modification January 18, 2019