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.

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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