How do I set up DNS for inbound emails?

I would like to parse inbound emails in a Node.js app on an Ubuntu 14.04.4 x64 Droplet, so I’m trying to create an email address for my app’s domain that can post to a webhook. How do I create an email address like (or

For parsing, I am using, and following Mailin’s documentation I have changed my Domain records on Digital Ocean as follows:

MX    10 
A     subdomain    [ip address of my droplet]

I have the webhook set up at, and if I post using curl, I get the expected response, but I can’t figure out how to post to the webhook via email.

Am I going about this the right way?

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Hi @planetceres,

Great question! Before we proceed, perhaps give this a look over:

That said, it’s something we have a ton of tutorials on, for example:

Before you go ahead and do that, consider perhaps hosting email at an email provider, and using your droplet to poll the account (through imap, pop3, or an api) instead, it may turn out to be less heartache for you in the long run. Hope this helps, and let us know if you have any more questions!