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I am writing an SMTP client in node.js. I successfully tested it against an SMTP server running on my localhost. However I found out that I am unable to connect to gmail's servers. Trying it with telnet, I run into the same problem.

telnet gmail-smtp-in.l.google.com 587

hangs, and never responds. I do get a response on smtp.gmail.com, but that does not appear to be what I want. What am I doing wrong, and how can I implement it properly.

--Update--

To make it clear, I am sending an email to a gmail account, from my own smtp server

  • What do you mean by "hangs"? Is telnet failing to connect? – Shane Madden Apr 11 '12 at 19:24
  • No data is transferred, and after a while the connection closes – Zwade Apr 11 '12 at 19:57
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If you're not getting any response whatsoever it is likely to be your ISP blocking outbound port 25 connections. This is fairly common and is a technique for stopping botnet spam on consumer networks. See the MAAWG document on Managing Port 25.

Send from a real host - an Amazon EC2 server will work.

Also for sending mail inbound to Gmail, you want port 25, not 587.

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  • Thank you. Do you know any way to get around this without deploying it to a server? It would be much easier for testing purposes – Zwade Apr 11 '12 at 21:08
  • For the record, it depends on your internet service provider, but some of them enable you to unblock this from your administration interface – Vic Seedoubleyew Dec 27 '18 at 20:03
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Gmails SMTP servers require TLS on port 587 or SSL on port 465. You will have to authenticate.

I suggest you take a look at the official gmail documentation, and some code examples of how others have implemented sending mail via SMTP/Gmail using Node.

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  • I am not trying to send an email using gmail's smtp servers, but rather send an email to a gmail address – Zwade Apr 11 '12 at 19:59
  • @Zwade Then you should be using port 25, and connecting to the servers listed in the MX DNS entry of gmail.com instead of hardcoding the primary in your application. – Shane Madden Apr 11 '12 at 20:41

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