Django - Gmail - SMTPAuthenticationError

  • Posted on December 10, 2013
  • jstoor21Asked by jstoor21

I have a Django project, in which I’m attempting to send an email using my gmail account. Note this works fine on my dev machine.

Code : from django.core.mail import send_mail … send_mail(subject, message, settings.EMAIL_HOST_USER, [settings.EMAIL_HOST_USER])

Settings :

EMAIL_HOST = ‘’ EMAIL_HOST_USER = ‘’ EMAIL_HOST_PASSWORD = ‘xxxxxxxxxxxxx’ EMAIL_PORT = 587 # Tried 465 as mentioned in;


Anyone know why I’m getting the exception, when running the code in a VPS. Note : running Gunicorn & Nginx

Any help or advice appreciated.

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Going to <br>and then retrying the operation, worked a treat! <br> <br>Thank You Pablo.

It is because Google blocks sign-in attempts from apps which do not use modern security standards (mentioned on their support page). You can however, turn on/off this safety feature by going to the link below:

Go to this link and select Turn On

Moreover google block an ip when you try to send a email since a unusual location, so, you can unblock in the next link

and clicked in

More info…smtp mail

I was having a similar problem and i solve it changing the order of the settings. <br>It worked exactly like this <br> <br>EMAIL_USE_TLS = True <br>EMAIL_HOST = ‘’ <br>EMAIL_HOST_USER = “” <br>EMAIL_HOST_PASSWORD = “xxxxxxxx” <br>EMAIL_PORT = 587 <br> <br>You can try it easy with the django shell: <br> <br>>>> from django.core.mail import send_mail <br>>>> send_mail(‘test email’, ‘hello world’, ‘’, [‘’]) <br> <br>hope it helps