How to Install and Configure Postfix on Centos 7
Postfix comes pre-installed on the CentOS 7 by default, but here's the command to install it as well.
yum install postfix
Run the below command to check whether postfix is installed or not.
rpm -qa | grep postfix
[root@vps]# rpm -qa | grep postfix postfix-2.10.1-9.el7.x86_64
After Postfix is installed, you can start the service and enable it to make sure it starts after reboot.
systemctl start postfix systemctl enable postfix
All of the options you need for the service are located in /etc/postfix. The main configuration file for the Postfix service is located at /etc/postfix/main.cf. Within the configuration file, there are many options that you can add, some of them more common than others.
Make changes according to the below steps.
Myhostname declares the mail server’s hostname. Hostnames normally have prefixes in them, like this:
myhostname = mail.example.com
Mydomain declares the domain that is actually handling mail, like this.
mydomain = example.com
All emails sent from this mail server will look as though it came from this option. You need to set this parameter to the main hostname of the server.
myorigin = $mydomain
The mydestination parameter defines the domains from which the server will accept mail. It can take values like this.
mydestination = $myhostname, localhost.$mydomain, $mydomain, mail.$mydomain, www.$mydomain
mail_spool_directory directory where mailbox files are kept.
mail_spool_directory = /var/spool/mail
Mynetworks declares a list of trusted remote SMTP servers that can relay through the server, like this.
mynetworks = 126.96.36.199/28, 127.0.0.0/8
This option specifies the IP protocol version used for server connections.
inet_protocols = ipv4
save and exit the file.
Start/restart the postfix service.
systemctl reload postfix
You can check for errors using the following command.
Testing postfix Server
To install mailx using the following command.
yum install -y mailx
You can send test mail using following command.
echo "This is message body" | mailx -s "This is Subject" -r "email@example.com" firstname.lastname@example.org
You can send test mail With including attachments using following command.
$ echo "This is message body" | mailx -s "This is Subject" -r "email@example.com" -a /path/to/attachment firstname.lastname@example.org
Sender : email@example.com Receiver: firstname.lastname@example.org
Finally! You have postfix installed and emails getting sent!