Send email using Gmail, Django, and Mezzanine

I’m trying to send notification emails using Django (1.6.1) and Mezzanine on Ubuntu 14.04. This is in my


This returns: [Errno 111] Connection refused

But I can send email from the console like this:

>> from django.core.mail import send_mail
>> send_mail('Subject here', 'Here is the message.', '',
    [''], fail_silently=False)

It return 1 and I actually got the email. I’ve tried Mandrill as well and got the same results.

After reading various threads, do I need to install Postfix to act as a relay or can I directly access the SMTP servers and email? I’d like to avoid installing Postfix if possible.


On first blush, those settings look correct to me. Have you set up any firewalling on the server? I’d expect a SMTPAuthenticationError rather than “Connection refused” if it was being rejected by Google. Is there a full traceback for the error? It’s very strange that it succeeds from the console but not from your app. Could you share a snippet of the actual code in app?

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Same issue here:

from django.core.mail import send_mail send_mail(“oi”,“msg”,“”,[“”],fail_silently=False) Traceback (most recent call last): File “<console>”, line 1, in <module> File “/opt/apps/.virtualenvs/sentry/local/lib/python2.7/site-packages/django/core/mail/”, line 50, in send_mail connection=connection).send() File “/opt/apps/.virtualenvs/sentry/local/lib/python2.7/site-packages/django/core/mail/”, line 276, in send return self.get_connection(fail_silently).send_messages([self]) File “/opt/apps/.virtualenvs/sentry/local/lib/python2.7/site-packages/django/core/mail/backends/”, line 87, in send_messages new_conn_created = File “/opt/apps/.virtualenvs/sentry/local/lib/python2.7/site-packages/django/core/mail/backends/”, line 48, in open local_hostname=DNS_NAME.get_fqdn()) File “/usr/lib/python2.7/”, line 256, in init (code, msg) = self.connect(host, port) File “/usr/lib/python2.7/”, line 316, in connect self.sock = self._get_socket(host, port, self.timeout) File “/usr/lib/python2.7/”, line 291, in _get_socket return socket.create_connection((host, port), timeout) File “/usr/lib/python2.7/”, line 571, in create_connection raise err error: [Errno 101] Network is unreachable