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Send email with curl and gmail

Terminal - Send email with curl and gmail
curl -n --ssl-reqd --mail-from "<[email protected]>" --mail-rcpt "<[email protected]>" --url smtps://smtp.gmail.com:465 -T file.txt
2010-10-03 15:44:53
User: mitry
Send email with curl and gmail

Required curl version >=7.21; using .netrc for authorization


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Hmm, seems not to work; I tried: curl -n --ssl-reqd --mail-from "[email protected]" --mail-rcpt "[email protected]" --url smtps://smtp.gmail.com:465 -T opml.h -u '[email protected]'

what I get is: curl: (67) Access denied: 555 but password is right!!

Comment by btwotch 237 weeks and 5 days ago

btwotch, it's works

Comment by konkere 237 weeks and 5 days ago

so what have I done wrong?

Comment by btwotch 237 weeks and 5 days ago

Hey btwotch, I had the same problem as you. I searched google for error 555. I found out that you need to keep this syntax: "", yours is wrong as "[email protected]".

Working now!

Comment by Force4 237 weeks and 5 days ago

now I've found why it didn't work; you have to use:

--mail-from ""

--mail-rcpt ""

Comment by btwotch 237 weeks and 4 days ago

argh, you have to use &lqt; ... ;)

Comment by btwotch 237 weeks and 4 days ago

Mail received with no subject. any tweak?

Comment by entertainyou 237 weeks and 4 days ago

Could someone post the complete & correct command line for this?

Comment by SuperFly 237 weeks and 4 days ago

on OSX the latest curl is 7.19.7.

curl: option --ssl-reqd: is unknown

Would be interested if anyone gets this working on Snow Leopard.

Comment by sentinel 237 weeks and 4 days ago

@SuperFly and others: it works as explained. BUT if you have authentication problems it could be due to Google asking for a CAPTCHA. You can unlock your account typing the captcha by hand at


Then, try again with the curl command. Hope it helps!

Comment by juanan 237 weeks and 4 days ago

@entertainyou: the file.txt should be sth like that:



Subject: Testmail

Date: Thu, 26 Oct 2006 13:10:50 +0200




@sentinel: compile curl ;)

@SuperFly: that's not possible because of the &lqt;

Comment by btwotch 237 weeks and 4 days ago

Comment by dthoughdow 167 weeks and 4 days ago

It's not working for me. Shows....

% Total % Received % Xferd Average Speed Time Time Time Current

Dload Upload Total Spent Left Speed

Comment by oquidave 136 weeks ago

this worked for me !

curl -u user:password -n --ssl-reqd --mail-from "" --mail-rcpt "" --url smtps://smtp.gmail.com:465 -T file.txt

Comment by uzumaki 29 weeks and 6 days ago

Sorry! I mean this one:

url -u username:password -n --ssl-reqd --mail-from "" --mail-rcpt "" --url smtps://smtp.gmail.com:465 -T file.txt

Comment by uzumaki 29 weeks and 6 days ago

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