How do I set up email on my droplet Ubuntu Ghost 0.5.4 on 14.04?

Posted November 21, 2014 3.9k views

I would like to install email server, and just have it forward to a email. I know how to set up Google App but that is no longer free, so just want the forwarding aspect.


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To set up email forwarding, you will need to install a mail transfer agent (MTA) first such as Postfix. Check out How To Install and Setup Postfix on Ubuntu 14.04 | DigitalOcean.

Once you’ve done that, add an alias so that all emails are forwarded to your gmail email address:

Open /etc/postfix/virtual in your favorite editor:

sudo nano /etc/postfix/virtual

Add the following line at the bottom:

# Forward everything under

# Forward specific email addresses

Then, apply the changes:

sudo newaliases
sudo service postfix restart

This didn’t work for me.

A couple notes.

  1. Ghost is able to send me test e-mails through
  2. I’m using the ghost droplet.
  3. In the postfix file I updated the myhostname =, it was previously myhostname = ghost. I also removed the line alias_maps = hash:/etc/aliases and added the line virtual_alias_maps = hash:/etc/postfix/virtual.
  4. I created the file virtual under /etc/postfix and added name@mydomain to the file.
  5. I ran the sudo newaliases and sudo service postfix restart command. I also tried running sudo postmap /etc/postfix/virtual and running sudo service postfix reload as well.

I’m not sure whats wrong here. Can anyone give me an idea what I’m doing wrong?