TLS Sending Connection Settings

Mailgun exposes two flags for mail delivery that will work at the domain or message level (The message level will override the domain level). This allows you to control how messages are delivered.

Require tls

If set to True, messages can only be sent over a TLS connection. If the TLS connection cannot be established, Mailgun will not deliver the message. If set to False, Mailgun will try to upgrade the connection. If Mailgun cannot upgrade the connection, the message will be delivered over a plaintext SMTP connection. The default is False.

Skip verification

If set to True, the certificate and hostname will not be verified when trying to set up a TLS connection, and Mailgun will accept any certificate during delivery. If set to False, Mailgun will verify the certificate and hostname. If either one cannot be verified, a TLS connection will not be set up. The default is False.

Look at the table below to help you better understand the configuration possibilities and potential issues.


Consider the type of threat you are concerned with when deciding how to configure sending settings.** By default, require-tls and skip-verification are false.

Require-tls Skip-verification TLS TLS Active Attack (MITM) TLS Passive Attack (Capture) Passive Plaintext Capture
false false Attempt Not Possible Not Possible Possible via downgrade
false true Attempt Posible Not Possible If STARTTLS not offered
true false Required Not Possible Not Possible Not Possible
true true Required Possible Not Possible Not Possible

Additionally, the following fields are available in your logs under delivery-status to indicate how the message was delivered:

Field Description
tls Indicates if a TLS connection was used or not when delivering the message
Certificate-verified Indicates if Mailgun verified the certificate or not when delivering the message
mx-host Tells you the MX server Mailgun connected to deliver the message