Can't download email using imap or pop3

  • Posted February 25, 2014


I followed this tutorial mostly ( to create an email setup.

I have postfix, dovecat and sql running smoothly (I think). I can receive emails and read them through postfix/dovecot using the mail command, however, after connecting through pop3 using Outlook 2010 I’m only able to send emails, not receive them (through the client, I still receive them on the postfix server)

I can authenticate my email through openssl using command line successfully, however, when I use the command LIST it says I have 0 messages?

Please feel free to ask for information, I’m not sure what you require.

Thanks, Heinrich.


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Hi, I got pop working for downloading emails using my client (outlook) but I’m unable to send emails. Whenever I try and send an email I get an email from postmaster saying “Relay access denied”. As far as the tutorial says I have to use port 25 for outgoing, however, they also state I should use SSL? I tried port 25, 465, and 587 without any luck.

That is an excellent tutorial Heinrich. If you have followed it precisely it will work, I know because I have used it in the past. Take a look at Linode’s troubleshooting page -