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"
Dear Devs: You can help Ukraine🇺🇦. I opted for (a) this message and (b) a geo targeted message to Russians coming to this page. If you have a blog, you could do something similar, or you can link to a donations page. If you don't have one, you could think about launching a page with uncensored news and spread it on Russian forums or even Google Review. Or hack some russian servers. Get creative. #StandWithUkraine 🇺🇦
Dear russians🇷🇺. I am a peace loving person from Switzerland🇨🇭. It is without a doubt in my mind, that your president, Vladimir Putin, has started a war that causes death and suffering for Ukrainians🇺🇦 and Russians🇷🇺. Your media is full of lies. Lies about the casualties, about the intentions, about the "Nazi Regime" in Ukraine. Please help to mobilize your people against your leader. I know it's dangerous for you, but it must be done!