Hello, I have been banging my head against a wall trying to get email notifications to work. I’m self-hosting Vikunja, and using the following lines from docker compose:
VIKUNJA_MAILER_HOST: smtp .gmail.com
VIKUNJA_MAILER_USERNAME: xxx .xxxxxxxxxxxxx @ gmail .com
And here’s the error I keep getting in the api logs:
2022-08-31T22:11:12.799541029Z: ERROR mail/func1 0a6 Error during connect to smtp server: %s EOF
Also, the time in the logs is off. I’ve tried setting the environment variable like this:
But it doesn’t seem to work. I’ve also set the time zone under the user settings of the frontend.
For the email problem, I’ve tried forcing/not forcing ssl, changing the login type to “login” and “plain”, changing the port from 465 to 587, and a few other changes that didn’t work. If it helps, I’m running this on Docker on a Synology NAS. I am using the nginx proxy settings and file, and I have a separate nginx proxy that I use in front of this and all my other services.
I’ve gone through the forum and looked for the answer, and every other email-related post doesn’t seem to fix my problem.
Does anyone have any idea? I have just installed this yesterday and re-installed today, so the version is the latest as of the date of this post.
Tim@ServerMeTmbrs2:/volume2/docker/vikunja$ nmap smtp.gmail.com -Pn
Starting Nmap 7.92 ( https ://nmap.org ) at 2022-09-01 08:50 MDT
Nmap scan report for smtp .gmail.com (126.96.36.199)
Host is up (0.022s latency).
Other addresses for smtp .gmail.com (not scanned): 2607:f8b0:4001:c12::6c
rDNS record for 188.8.131.52: jo-in-f109 .1e100.net
Not shown: 995 filtered tcp ports (no-response)
PORT STATE SERVICE
53/tcp open domain
465/tcp open smtps
587/tcp open submission
993/tcp open imaps
995/tcp open pop3s
Nmap done: 1 IP address (1 host up) scanned in 4.62 seconds
-It looks like the server host can see the proper open ports from gmail.
*Also, here’s my server host showing the correct time, but the logs are still hours off.
Thu Sep 1 08:50:17 MDT 2022
Note that Vikunja uses STARTTLS by default so you’ll have to use port 587 unless you change that setting.
The error was:
Error sending test mail: dial failed: SMTP AUTH failed: 535 5.7.8 Username and Password not accepted. Learn more at
5.7.8 https://support.google.com/mail/?p=BadCredentials l20-20020a05600c089400b003a30fbde91dsm16607777wmp.20 - gsmtp
I dug a little and this is probably related to gmail not allowing “unsecure apps” anymore which are third-party apps only using a username and password (and not an oauth flow):