Sending Mails from your Ubuntu Server

April 2020

How can I send mails from the command line?

The first thing you'll need is a gmail account, that is dedicated to this purpose. So go ahead and create one. Then what you need to do is to also allow "less secure apps" to send e-mails. You can do that at

After having set up your Gmail Account for sending mails, you can log in to your server and run through the following steps.

  1. sudo apt-get install ssmtp mailutils
  2. Open the following file in your favorite text editor (vim, nano, ...):
    nano /etc/ssmtp/ssmtp.conf
  3. Append the following lines:
  4. Finally, send mails like this:
    echo "Hi there!" | mail -s "My Subject"
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