In this guide, you will learn to Install and Configure Postfix Mail Server on AlmaLinux 9.
Postfix is a hugely-popular Mail Transfer Agent (MTA) designed to determine routes and send emails. This cross-platform server is open-source, free, and suitable for installation on the majority of UNIX-like operating systems.
Postfix’s structure is modular: it comprises various small, independent executables. Different parameters, features, and options are available, too.
Another key aspect of Postfix is that it was created to overcome those drawbacks seen in Sendmail. A solid configuration keeps Postfix user data secure from leakage, abuse, and spam.
Install and Configure Postfix Mail Server on AlmaLinux 9
To complete this guide, you must log in to your server as a non-root user with sudo privileges. To do this, you can follow our guide on Initial Server Setup with AlmaLinux 9.
Install Postfix on AlmaLinux 9
First, you need to update your local package index with the following command:
sudo dnf update -y
Then, run the command below to check whether Sendmail is installed or not:
rpm -qa | grep sendmail
If you didn’t get any output that means you don’t have Sendmail installed and you can keep going.
If you have Sendmail installed on your server, you need to remove it with the following command:
sudo dnf remove sendmail*
At this point, you can check whether you have Postfix installed on your server or not:
rpm -qa | grep postfix
Next, if you don’t have it installed on your server, use the command below to install Postfix on AlmaLinux 9:
sudo dnf install postfix
Configure Postfix on AlmaLinux 9
At this point, you need to make some configuration changes to the Postfix main configuration file.
First, open the file with your favorite text editor, here we use vi:
sudo vi /etc/postfix/main.cf
At the file, uncomment the myhostname line and set it to your hostname:
myhostname = your-hostname
Uncomment and set the domain name at the line below:
mydomain = your-domain-name
Also, uncomment the line below:
myorigin = $mydomain
Uncomment and Set ipv4 at the following line:
inet_interfaces = all
Set the line below to all:
inet_protocols = all
Comment on the following line:
#mydestination = $myhostname, localhost.$mydomain, localhost,
Uncomment and add IP range at the following line:
mynetworks = 192.168.1.0/24, 127.0.0.0/8
Finally, uncomment the line below:
home_mailbox = Maildir/
When you are done, save and close the file.
At this point, you need to start and enable your Postfix Mail server with the following commands:
# sudo systemctl enable postfix
# sudo systemctl restart postfix
Verify that your Postfix service is active and running on AlmaLinux 9:
sudo systemctl status postfix
● postfix.service - Postfix Mail Transport Agent
Loaded: loaded (/usr/lib/systemd/system/postfix.service; enabled; vendor p>
Active: active (running) since Tue 2022-12-06 05:26:21 EST; 5s ago
Process: 71100 ExecStartPre=/usr/sbin/restorecon -R /var/spool/postfix/pid/>
Process: 71101 ExecStartPre=/usr/libexec/postfix/aliasesdb (code=exited, st>
Process: 71105 ExecStartPre=/usr/libexec/postfix/chroot-update (code=exited
Testing Postfix Mail Server
At this point, you need to create a new user for testing. To do this, run the command below:
sudo useradd postfixtester
Add a password for your user:
sudo passwd postfixtester
When you are done, you will get the following output:
passwd: all authentication tokens updated successfully.
After adding the user let’s check the server access using telnet. If you don’t have telnet installed on your server, use the command below to install telnet on AlmaLinux 9:
sudo dnf install telnet
Then, run the following command:
telnet localhost smtp
Once you have successfully done the configuration you will get the following output:
Connected to localhost.
Escape character is '^]'.
220 your-hostname ESMTP Postfix
Start your transaction by writing the below command:
Once you get 250 DSN you can send mail.
Finally! You have postfix installed and emails getting sent! You are all set to use your server as your private SMTP server to send emails.
For more information, you can visit the Postfix Documentation page.
At this point, you have learned to Install and Configure Postfix Mail Server on AlmaLinux 9.
Hope you enjoy it.
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