I have a Acquia DevDesktop2 set up on my development machine (win7). I'm testing a webform submission and I'm running into an issue where I get messages that the emails are sent, but nothing reaches the inboxes. I have I'm trying to email them to regular Gmail accounts. The vanilla install on my live site sends the emails without a problem, but I don't want to code on the live codebase.

I've seen that a lot of people have this issue, but there's no good documentation that I've stumbled across on how to set up the xmail server, or how to configure it after the fact. The acquia docs all say it comes cooked in, but I'm not sure why this doesn't work for me. Any references to how to trouble shoot this would be appreciated.

So any advice would be appreciated

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Had the same problem and switched from XMail to Papercut recently:

Papercut is a simplified SMTP server designed to only receive messages (not to send them on) with a GUI on top of it allowing you to see the messages it receives. It doesn't enforce any restrictions on addresses, it just takes the message and allows you see it.

So, turn off the XMail service and start Papercut. When a mail is sent in Drupal, Papercut acts as the (local) SMTP server and allows you to see the message.

  • can you clarify where/how to do this?
    – nizz0k
    Aug 17, 2015 at 22:31
  • sc stop "XMaill"
    – nizz0k
    Aug 17, 2015 at 22:41
  • Of course there are different ways to stop a service on Windows, however, this tutorial seems to be an easy method. It should be quite similar for Windows 7.
    – Watergate
    Aug 17, 2015 at 23:09

Many (most?) ISPs will block email sent via port 25. See Comcast's info on the subject: http://customer.xfinity.com/help-and-support/internet/email-port-25-no-longer-supported/

  • Ok...so how can I configure the xmail server that comes with dev desktop to use a diff port? Or what's a work around?
    – nizz0k
    Aug 17, 2015 at 6:21
  • I am using the SMTP Authentication Support module. When you click configure for that module you will see the port specification that you can change. Start at the modules page or configuration. Dec 18, 2015 at 16:00

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