How to use Gmail to send Emails

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How to use Gmail to send Emails

During development, instead of using a regular SMTP server to send emails, you might find using Gmail easier and more practical. The Swiftmailer bundle makes it really easy.

Tip

Instead of using your regular Gmail account, it's of course recommended that you create a special account.

In the development configuration file, change the transport setting to gmail and set the username and password to the Google credentials:

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# app/config/config_dev.yml
swiftmailer:
    transport: gmail
    username:  your_gmail_username
    password:  your_gmail_password

You're done!

Tip

If you are using the Symfony Standard Edition, configure the parameters at parameters.yml:

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# app/config/parameters.yml
parameters:
    ...
    mailer_transport: gmail
    mailer_host:      ~
    mailer_user:      your_gmail_username
    mailer_password:  your_gmail_password

Note

The gmail transport is simply a shortcut that uses the smtp transport and sets encryption, auth_mode and host to work with Gmail.

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