Sending email through Gmail SMTP server with C#


Question

For some reason neither the accepted answer nor any others work for me for "Sending email in .NET through Gmail". Why would they not work?

UPDATE: I have tried all the answers (accepted and otherwise) in the other question, but none of them work.

I would just like to know if it works for anyone else, otherwise Google may have changed something (which has happened before).

When I try the piece of code that uses SmtpDeliveryMethod.Network, I quickly receive an SmtpException on Send(message). The message is

The SMTP server requires a secure connection or the client was not authenticated.

The server response was:

5.5.1 Authentication Required. Learn more at" <-- seriously, it ends there.

UPDATE:

This is a question that I asked a long time ago, and the accepted answer is code that I've used many, many times on different projects.

I've taken some of the ideas in this post and other EmailSender projects to create an EmailSender project at Codeplex. It's designed for testability and supports my favourite SMTP services such as GoDaddy and Gmail.

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5/23/2017 11:47:22 AM

Accepted Answer

CVertex, make sure to review your code, and, if that doesn't reveal anything, post it. I was just enabling this on a test ASP.NET site I was working on, and it works.

Actually, at some point I had an issue on my code. I didn't spot it until I had a simpler version on a console program and saw it was working (no change on the Gmail side as you were worried about). The below code works just like the samples you referred to:

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Text;
using System.Net.Mail;
using System.Net;

namespace ConsoleApplication2
{
    class Program
    {
        static void Main(string[] args)
        {
            var client = new SmtpClient("smtp.gmail.com", 587)
            {
                Credentials = new NetworkCredential("myusername@gmail.com", "mypwd"),
                EnableSsl = true
            };
            client.Send("myusername@gmail.com", "myusername@gmail.com", "test", "testbody");
            Console.WriteLine("Sent");
            Console.ReadLine();
        }
    }
}

I also got it working using a combination of web.config, http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/w355a94k.aspx and code (because there is no matching EnableSsl in the configuration file :( ).

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2/17/2011 10:20:02 PM

THE FOLLOWING WILL ALMOST CERTAINLY BE THE ANSWER TO YOUR QUESTION IF ALL ELSE HAS FAILED:

I got the exact same error, it turns out Google's new password strengh measuring algorithm has changed deeming my current password as too weak, and not telling me a thing about it (not even a message or warning)... How did I discover this? Well, I chose to change my password to see if it would help (tried everything else to no avail) and when I changed my password, it worked!

Then, for an experiment, I tried changing my password back to my previous password to see what would happen, and Gmail didn't actually allow me to do this, citing the reason "sorry we cannot allow you to save this change as your chosen password is too weak" and wouldn't let me go back to my old password. I figured from this that it was erroring out because either a) you need to change your password once every x amount of months or b). as I said before, their password strength algorithms changed and therefore the weak password i had was not accepted, even though they did not say anything about this when trying to login ANYWHERE! This (number 2) is the most likely scenario, as my weak password was about 4 months old, and it let me use it in Gmail.

It's pretty bad that they said nothing about this, but it makes sense. Because most hijacked emails are logged into using software outside of gmail, and I'm guessing you are required to have a stronger password if you want to use Gmail outside of the Gmail environment.

I hope this helps!


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