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Send emails with Django and Gmail in production , a better way

abderrahmanemustapha profile image Toumi Abderrahmane Updated on ・2 min read

In this post I want to talk about how can we send emails using Django and Gmail, I read a lot of articles about this but none of them is working for me, this is my way of doing this

Setup Django πŸ’š

first let's install django

 pip install django

start a django project

django-admin startproject send_gmail

start a django app

cd send_gmail
python manage.py  startapp send

add the app to settings.py installed app

# send_gmail/settings.py

migrate and create a super user

python manage.py  migrate
python manage.py createsuperuser

check this post if you want to know more about how to create a virtual environment , or how to install Django and start your project

The Gmail part βœ‰

now you need to create a Gmail account and then click on Manage your google account
manage account screen shot

now click on the Security tab

image account security

make sure to enable two steps verification

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now click on App passwords

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you have to type your password again

Confirm your password

click on select app choose *** other (Custome Name) *** and give a name to you app

Create a new app

the last step click on generate and Gmail will generate a key or an app password make sure to copy this key or save it in a text file

Create a new app

Edit your settings.py file

EMAIL_BACKEND = 'django.core.mail.backends.smtp.EmailBackend'
EMAIL_HOST = 'smtp.gmail.com'
EMAIL_HOST_USER = 'yoorusername@gmail.com'
EMAIL_HOST_PASSWORD = 'key' #past the key or password app here
DEFAULT_FROM_EMAIL = 'default from email'

πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ now you are ready to send emails with Django and Gmail in productionπŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰

For further exploration

you can use SendGrid, Mailgun, Sendinblue... for your apps too
don't forget to put your key in a .env file

Posted on May 24 by:

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Toumi Abderrahmane


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I do it a bit differently: I run PostFix on my servers, which is configured to use an external SMTP server as forwarder (can be GMail, SES, ...). Then I let my app deliver to my local SMTP server.

This has a few advantages:

  • App is no longer coupled to GMail settings
  • The most important one: mails will be queued on local server, in case remote SMTP goes down or is not available. Most SMTP servers already handle automatic retries, and dead mail queues out of the box.

If you do it within the Django app, I would suggest to add some message queue stuff (Celery) so SMTP calls don't block your app, or retry in case of failure.


that's great thank you will try to implement this


Great post! Adding on to your note RE further exploration. For projects that outgrow sending email via a single Gmail account, check out github.com/anymail/django-anymail. After playing with a few packages to interact with Mandrill/Sendgrid/SES, I've found Anymail to be the most flexible.


thank you I didn't know about django-anymail i think that I will use it with my next project