Email from Kitsune

The default settings for Kitsune do not send email. However, outgoing email is printed to the the command line.

Viewing email through Mailcatcher

To view the contents of outgoing email in a slightly easier form than the command line, Mailcatcher can be used. This still won’t send the email, but show a web-based “outbox” with the contents of all email which would be sent if Kitsune was hooked up to an email server.

The docker-compose config includes a mailcatcher container, which can be brought up with:

docker-compose up mailcatcher

Kitsune should then be configured to use it:

EMAIL_LOGGING_REAL_BACKEND = django.core.mail.backends.smtp.EmailBackend
EMAIL_HOST = mailcatcher

Now all outgoing email will be captured, and can be viewed through http://localhost:1080/.

Actually sending email

If you want to get email, you should double check one thing first: are there any rows in the notifications_eventwatch table? If there are, you may be sending email to real users. The script in scripts/anonymize.sql will truncate this table. Simply run it against your Kitsune database:

mysql -u kitsune -p <YOUR_PASSWORD> < scripts/anonymize.sql

So now you know you aren’t emailing real users, but you’d still like to email yourself and test email in general. There are a few settings you’ll need to use.

First, set the EMAIL_BACKEND. This document assumes you’re using the SMTP mail backend.

EMAIL_BACKEND = 'django.core.mail.backends.smtp.EmailBackend'

If you have sendmail installed and working, that should do it. However, you might get caught in spam filters. An easy workaround for spam filters or not having sendmail working is to send email via a Gmail account.

EMAIL_HOST_USER = '<your gmail address>'
EMAIL_HOST_PASSWORD = '<your gmail password>'

Yeah, you need to put your Gmail password in a plain text file on your computer. It’s not for everyone. Be very careful copying and pasting settings from .env if you go this route.