Ghost can't send mail using Gmail (Google Apps)

  • Posted March 2, 2015

I verified my domain, I added MX records, the user and password is correct.

mail: {
            service: 'Gmail',
            transport: 'SMTP',
            options: {
                host: '',
                port: 465,
                secureConnection: true,
                auth: {
                    user: '*******',
                    password: '******'

And I keep getting this error: “AuthError: Invalid login - 535-5.7.8 Username and Password not accepted. Learn more at 535 5.7.8

What else should I do?


Ran into the exact same problem. I’ve fixed it by changing the gmail settings to allow apps with lower security on this page:

Hope this works for you!

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2020 - Same problem. No love. Tried l"allow apps with lower security" Tried App passwords in gmail. Ghost just does not seem to play nice with gmail.

Any solution?? Having the same error! I’m using

Same error here, but i’m using… any solution? Thanks!

Forget gmail, that’s cheap solution, cheap not as not expensive but as tacky solution. Try

Are you using your domain with Google Apps or is it Google Mail (

If it is address you will need to make the username the full email address.

If that doesn’t work please post full configuration files (remove any passwords of course!) as it makes it harder to troubleshoot issues like this. Thanks!