Using pythons smtp server

Vincent Davis vincent at
Fri Dec 13 19:27:00 CET 2013

Grant, Chris
Thanks !!!
I guess in the end this is a bad idea, (for my purposes) I should just use
my gmail account smtp server.

Vincent Davis

On Fri, Dec 13, 2013 at 11:15 AM, Chris Angelico <rosuav at> wrote:

> On Sat, Dec 14, 2013 at 4:13 AM, Vincent Davis <vincent at>
> wrote:
> > Let me rephrase my question. I want to send an email using python but do
> not
> > want to use an external service. Does python have the ability to send
> emails
> > without installing additional software or using an external
> server/service?
> Any SMTP server you install has to do one of three things with the
> mail you give it:
> 1) Accept it locally. Presumably the wrong thing to do here.
> 2) Deliver it to the authoritative SMTP server for the domain.
> 3) Deliver it to an intermediate server.
> (Edit: Your next mail shows that you understand that, as looking up
> the MX record is what I was going to say here.)
> So if you want to avoid using an external intermediate server, you
> need to find and talk to the authoritative server. Now, this is where
> another big consideration comes in. What envelope From address are you
> going to use? Is your own IP address allowed to send mail for that
> domain? If not, you may be forced to use the legitimate server for
> that domain. There are other concerns, too; if you don't have a nice
> name to announce in the HELO, you might find your mail treated as
> spam. But if you deal with all that, then yes, the only thing you need
> to do is look up the MX record and pick the best server. (And then
> deal with other concerns like coping with that one being down, which
> is the advantage of having a local mail queue. But sometimes that
> doesn't matter, like if you're sending to yourself for notifications.)
> ChrisA
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