Sendmail is not working on my LEMP 16.04

Posted February 25, 2018 2.3k views
NginxPHPEmailUbuntu 16.04

I’m setting up “sendmail” to send emails from my wordpress sites. I want to be able to use PHP mailer. I have tried every tutorial on the net to find and fix the problem. I keep getting “Connection refused by []” every time I test it. I have tried disabling the firewall and still did not work.

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Hi @scottscp911,

Sendmail passes messages submitted by “send via command line sendmail” to local sendmail daemon listening at It seems like you haven’t configured it that way. Please try and use the following

To fix, set DAEMON_OPTIONS in your file. Add listening on or use listening on IPv4 “any”.

In your add the second DAEMON_OPTIONS listed below.
Recompile into and restart (or HUP) sendmail daemon.

DAEMON_OPTIONS(`Port=smtp, Addr=, Name=MTA-loopback')dnl