Configuring your SMTP server

  • Last updated: May 17, 2022

  • Read time: 3 Minutes

Configuring the connection between your SMTP server and Burp Suite Enterprise Edition enables some useful features, such as sending email invites to newly created users and automatically sending end-of-scan reports to users when their scan is complete.


Your network settings for the Enterprise server are used to generate links sent as part of emails from Burp Suite Enterprise Edition. Before you can connect to your SMTP server, you need to configure your network settings.

To configure a connection to your SMTP server:

  1. Log in to Burp Suite Enterprise Edition as an administrator.
  2. In the upper-right corner of the screen, select the settings icon and go to Network.
  3. You should have already configured your web server settings here. However, if you configured an HTTP proxy connection for communication with portswigger.net, you need to decide whether you also want to use the proxy for connecting to the SMTP server. If you use an external email service provider, we recommend enabling the Use proxy to connect to email server setting. Note that this is only supported if you use an unauthenticated proxy.
  4. From the settings menu, select Email.
  5. Click the switch to enable this feature. A list of server settings appears.
  6. Enter your SMTP server hostname. For example, if you use Gmail, the hostname is smtp.gmail.com. If you don't know what this is, you should be able to find it in the documentation of your email service provider.
  7. Enter the port that the server uses for sending emails. Port 587 is used by Gmail and many other SMTP servers. However, ports 25 and 465 are also commonly used.
  8. In the From address field, enter the email address from which you want Burp Suite Enterprise Edition to send emails to users. In theory, this can be any email address. However, to reduce the risk of issues, such as messages being blocked by spam filters, we recommend using an email address registered to your email service provider. In other words, if you use the Gmail SMTP server, use a Gmail email address as the From address.
  9. If you use an internal SMTP server, you might not use authentication. However, if you use an external email service, click the Authenticated switch and enter the username and password that you usually use to log in to the account.
  10. Select whether you want to use TLS when sending emails from Burp Suite Enterprise Edition. If you use an external email service, we recommend enabling this setting. If you will only send emails within your internal network, you might not need to use TLS.
  11. When you are happy with your settings, click the icon in the upper-right corner of the screen to confirm your changes.
  12. Finally, you need to verify that links in the auto-generated emails are able to successfully connect back to the Enterprise server. Click Send to send a test email to yourself (the email address of the Burp Suite Enterprise Edition administrator).
  13. Go to the email and click the Check Email Link button. If you are taken back to the email settings page in Burp Suite Enterprise Edition, you have finished connecting your SMTP server. Otherwise, you need to check that you entered the correct web server URL on the Network settings page and try again.