pfSense email notifications: How to set them up

In this article you learn about pfSense email notifications. I’ll show you how to quickly set them up in a few steps. It is always a good idea to have email notifications in place, as they can save you a LOT of trouble.

Why you should set up pfSense email notifications

What kind of notifications will you get? Just to name a few:

  • IP changes and updates from DynDNS
  • Notifications if a new update is available
  • Notifications of critical errors and failures

It is useful to get a mail notification to your phone when you are out of office and you see that pfSense just rebooted 15 times in a row. That might save you some trouble coming to the office at Monday 9 AM. In fact, it saved me from disaster a couple of times already, I highly recommend using pfSense email notifications.

You will need the SMTP server settings from your email provider, finding them out is really easy.

I’ll help you out here:

    • port 465 for SLL or port 587 for TLS
  • Office365 SMTP:
    • port 587 TLS or port 25 without authentication.

If you have any other email provider, simply go ahead and google “NameOfYourEmailProvider smtp settings” and you will very likely find it with the first result.

So let’s get started with it right away.

Part 1: Setting up pfSense email notifications

1.1 Setting up pfSense email notifications

1 - Log in to your pfSense Web Gui
2 - Navigate to System / Advanced / Notifications
3 - Scroll down to E-Mail

pfSense email notifications


1.2 Setting up E-Mail notifications with pfSense

1 - Enter the smtp server address of your email provider (find that out by simply googling smtp + name of your E-Mail provider...)

2 - Enter the SMTP port of your E-Mail provider

3 - Tick Enable SMTP over SSL/TLS, don't tick Enable STARTTLS, I just read that some people have got issues with this so I left it out.

4 - Enter the E-Mail address where you want to send the notifications from

5 - Enter the E-Mail address where you want to receive notifications

6 - Enter the credentials of the E-Mail address where you want to send notifications from

7 - Enter your password

8 - Click on Test SMTP Settings


And that’s it! If everything went right, you will get a green message confirming that a test E-Mail was sent successfully. Now you will receive notifications from your pfSense firewall.

If you have any problems, check if the credentials and the E-Mail server address is correct, also see if your E-Mail provider supports SSL/TLS. pfSense is a great open source firewall, if you want to learn more about it, why not checking out the other tutorials in the pfSense category.



4 thoughts on “pfSense email notifications: How to set them up

  • May 6, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    Don’t worry. The pfSense developers know everything you want to know about, as well as what you don’t want to know about. They’re perfect(Sense). /s

    Seriously, I couldn’t agree more. I thought I had these set up and never received any notices. Then I had a WAN IP change and the dynamic DNS wasn’t updated properly, so I searched for ways to get notified when that happens, only to found out that IS one of the alerts. That led to my discovery of never having saved the email password. NOTE: If you enter the password and do a test email which succeeds, it clears the password field. You have to enter the password, hit save, THEN do a test.

    • May 7, 2019 at 8:06 am

      Hey George, thanks for pointing that out! Yeah, the password field behaves a little weird 😀

  • November 29, 2017 at 5:17 am

    I would like to know when the setting is experiencing problem and remote in and fix it b4 the wife calls, its a great feature

  • October 4, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    What’s the point of setting this up since there is no documentation anywhere on what alerts are triggered or a way to turn them on or off.


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