ssmtp configuration and installation – raspberry pi.

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To get your email working on your raspberry pi, First thing that you should probably do is to set up outgoing emails from your RPi. The easiest way to do so is with ssmtp.

Install ssmtp:

sudo apt-get install ssmtp

Next configure the ssmtp client to send emails using your ISP, open up the file /etc/ssmtp/ssmtp.conf file and make the changes as suggested below:

#
# Config file for sSMTP sendmail
#
# The person who gets all mail for userids < 1000
# Make this empty to disable rewriting.
root=postmaster

# The place where the mail goes. The actual machine name is required no 
# MX records are consulted. Commonly mailhosts are named mail.domain.com
mailhub=

# Where will the mail seem to come from?
#rewriteDomain=

# The full hostname
hostname=

# Are users allowed to set their own From: address?
# YES - Allow the user to specify their own From: address
# We would want this to be on so that we can set the from line
# from scripts as well.
# NO - Use the system generated From: address
FromLineOverride=YES
AuthUser=
AuthPass=

Now, check that you can send emails using the command :

echo "Test message"|ssmtp <your email address>

That should keep you going 🙂

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