Configure msmtp to use Mailgun or SendgridPublished • 2 min read
I had a few VMs configured with ssmtp to relay a small number of emails, usually from cron jobs. Unfortunately, this project is no longer maintained so it’s unfit for production, and while Postfix is a solid piece of software, I was looking for something very lightweigth.
I came across msmtp, which fit the bill perfectly and is trivial to set up.
On a Debian based distro :
apt install msmtp msmtp-mta
/etc/msmtprc to configure it globally on your host. You’ll need to edit the values in caps with your SMTP credentials :
defaults tls on tls_trust_file /etc/ssl/certs/ca-certificates.crt logfile /var/log/msmtp.log account mailgun host smtp.mailgun.org port 587 auth on user YOUR@MAILGUN_USER.TLD password YOUR_PASSWORD from FROM@YOURDOMAIN.TLD account default : mailgun
You should definitely keep logging enabled. There’s a wealth of information that will come handy.
Using a service like Mailgun, rather than your own SMTP server, ensures better delivery of your email, along with detailed logs and sending stats. If these emails are somewhat critical to you, you may want to set up a secondary provider such a Sendgrid so that you can failover easily, albeit manually – if you need this to be automated because they are mission critical, that’s a job for Postfix.
Simply create another
account section. Instead of SMTP credentials, you’ll have to create an API key with sending permissions. Again, edit accordingly :
account sendgrid host smtp.sendgrid.net port 587 auth on user apikey password YOUR_API_KEY from FROM@YOURDOMAIN.TLD
user should be
If you need specific user configurations, you can create
~/.msmtprc files. To route emails to different recipients, you can set up aliases.
Also, you can customize the timeout per account using e.g.
timeout 60 to wait one minute.
Finally, send a test email from the command line :
echo "Subject: Testing msmtp" | sendmail -v email@example.com
If everything went well, you should see your test within a few seconds.
Update Sept. 8th 2019:
msmtplinks updated to current project homepage.