Checking SMTP Email

When checking that your SMTP settings work properly it is most helpful to run each SMTP step individually.

I ended up down a rabbit hole, when attempting to check my SMTP settings in a Django application. An smtplib.SMTPServerDisconnected error was occurring each time. I thought this was related to closed SMPT ports (465/587), and went so far as to open a ticket with hosting provider asking for the relevant ports to be opened for my servers.

But alas, it was a simple bloody misconfigured username! So actually, I was failing to authenticate. Compounding the issue, was that locally I the correct username, but on the server I have the username misconfigured.

When I finally did each step manually, the issue was easy to see.

Below are some step by step actions to send SMTP email with python;

import smtplib
from email.mime.text import MIMEText

msg = MIMEText("Testing email")
msg['Subject'] = "Hello"
msg["From"] = ""
msg["To"] = ""

s = smtplib.SMTP("", 587)
s.login("", "supersecret")
s.sendmail(msg["From"], msg["To"], msg.as_string())

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2020-12-26 19:00 -0500