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nginx – fsockopen error after upgrading to php 7

Posted by: admin July 12, 2020 Leave a comment


I run codeigniter3.03 on digital ocean nginx and php 7. When I try to send an email I get this error:


Severity: Warning
Message: fsockopen(): unable to connect to ssl://smtp.googlemail.com:465 (Connection timed out)
Filename: libraries/Email.php
Line Number: 1986

My email setup is

$config['useragent'] = 'CodeIgniter';
$config['protocol'] = 'smtp';
//$config['mailpath'] = '/usr/sbin/sendmail';
$config['smtp_host'] = 'ssl://smtp.googlemail.com';
$config['smtp_user'] = '[email protected]';
$config['smtp_pass'] = 'xxxxxxxxxxxx';
$config['smtp_port'] = 465; 
$config['smtp_timeout'] = 5;
$config['wordwrap'] = TRUE;
$config['wrapchars'] = 76;
$config['mailtype'] = 'html';
$config['charset'] = 'utf-8';
$config['validate'] = FALSE;
$config['priority'] = 3;
$config['crlf'] = "\r\n";
$config['newline'] = "\r\n";
$config['bcc_batch_mode'] = FALSE;
$config['bcc_batch_size'] = 200;

This version runs flawlessly in the same config under php 5.x.

in php.ini i have



I could not get any hint anywhere why this should not work in php7. Can anybody give me a hint what to check or what the cause of this error could be.

How to&Answers:

Did you try smtp.googlemail.com already?

Also note this other answer, with a working example (seems to be different, for instance in the timeout definition):

Another solution: