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.

NOTE: The Approach A sections referred to below do not apply to Bitnami native installers. Users of Bitnami native installers should refer only to the Approach B sections.

You can configure the SMTP of your email provider by copying the email section in the config.default.php into the config.php file, modifying what you need with your actual data.

NOTE: Depending on your installation type, the ResourceSpace config.php and config.php.default files will be located in the following paths:

  • Approach A (Bitnami installations using system packages): installdir/resourcespace/include/

  • Approach B (Self-contained Bitnami installations): installdir/apps/resourcespace/htdocs/include/

For instance, if you want to configure it using Gmail as SMTP server, use the example below. Replace USERNAME and PASSWORD with your Gmail account username and password respectively.

# Use an external SMTP server for outgoing emails (e.g. Gmail).
# Requires $use_phpmailer.
# SMTP settings:
$smtp_secure='tls'; # '', 'tls' or 'ssl'. For Gmail, 'tls' or 'ssl' is required.
$smtp_host=''; # Hostname, e.g. ''.
$smtp_port=587; # Port number, e.g. 465 for Gmail using SSL.
$smtp_auth=true; # Send credentials to SMTP server (false to use anonymous access)
$smtp_username=''; # Username (full email address).
$smtp_password='PASSWORD'; # Password.

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 June 16, 2021