Set up Postfix with Mailgun for reliable e-mail delivery

  • Install Postfix

    The next step in our guide is to get Postfix installed - Postfix an STMP/Email server that is used for delivering email. It is NOT a POP3/IMAP server, so it's not something you will use to get email into your mail client.

    As the root user, install postfix:

    apt-get install postfix

    This will install the postfix Mail server, with it's config files located in /etc/postfix.

  • Choose "Internet Site" and enter, then enter your domain name on the followup screen.
  • Signup for a free Mailgun account

    The next step is to get setup with a free Mailgun account. What is Mailgun? From the Mailgun website:

    "Mailgun is a set of powerful APIs that allow you to send, receive and track email effortlessly.

    Think of Postfix as the mailbox at your house - when you want to send a letter (email) to someone else, you put it in the mailbox (Postfix). Then the mail is picked up by the mail carrier (Mailgun) and delivered.

    Mailgun is optional - you can send and receive email directly using Postfix, however I would highly recommend using Mailgun as your delivery service, as they will get your email delivered to a higher percentage of your customers than delivering on your own.

    The first 10,000 emails each month via Mailgun are free - after that it is just 50 cents for every 1,000. You can signup for an account here:

    Once signed up, go to your Mailgun Control Panel:

    and click on the "domains" tab then the big "Add Domain" button:
  • Enter your domain name on the form that comes up and press the dark gray "Create Domain" button at the bottom of the form.

    This will create your domain in Mailgun.

    Next, click on the "Domains" tab again, and then click on your new domain in the domains list. This will take you into the details page for your new domain, and should look something like the following:
  • Configuring Postfix to use Mailgun as a relay host

    On this screen you can find your SMTP password - this is the password we are going to need when configuring Postfix to send our email through Mailgun.

    So with the new password in hand, head back to your new Droplet and let's edit the Postfix file:

    nano /etc/postfix/

    and add the following to the bottom of the file:

    relayhost =
    smtp_sasl_auth_enable = yes
    smtp_sasl_password_maps =
    smtp_sasl_security_options = noanonymous


    - with YOUR DOMAIN name
    - password with the password you just grabbed from the Mailgun control panel.

    Save your changes and restart postfix:

    service postfix restart

    That's it - your Postfix will now send all email out through Mailgun.