Configure SMTP for outbound emails

Before running the commands shown on this page, you should load the Bitnami stack environment by executing the installdir/use_APPNAME script (Linux and MacOS) or by clicking the shortcut in the Start Menu under “Start -> Bitnami APPNAME Stack -> Application console” (Windows). On OS X VMs, the installation directory is /opt/bitnami and OS X VM users can click the “Open Terminal” button to run commands. Learn more about the Bitnami stack environment and about OS X VMs.

To configure outbound emails from CiviCRM, follow these steps:

  • Log in to the Drupal administration console as an administrator.

  • Browse to the CiviCRM administration console and select the “Outbound Email Settings” item.

  • Select “SMTP” as the mailer.

  • Enter the following configuration options using the information below as a guideline. This example configures a Gmail account. Replace USERNAME and PASSWORD with your Gmail account username and password respectively.

      SMTP Server - ssl://
      SMTP port - 465
      Authentication? - Yes
      SMTP Username -
      SMTP Password - PASSWORD

    CiviCRM SMTP configuration

  • Click “Save and Send Test Email” to verify that it all works.

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