How to setup a outgoing mail smtp server like

Posted January 25, 2015 8.3k views

Hi Good day!

I have LEMP installed on my Droplet and I want it to be my web and mail server at the same time, I have installed postfix, dovecot in it and it works fine.

My objective is to create an SMTP server ( and use it to gmail as outgoing mail.

Any steps or tutorial of how can I setup my own SMTP server?

Thanks in advance

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Well, you said that you’ve already created your own SMTP server. What would you like to know? How you could build a smtp server which will use GMAIL as relay server?

There are plenty of tutorials out there. The most important thing is to configure your postfix in the right way.

  • Thank you for your response jay986365

    Yeah, postfix and dovecot I have installed already and its working but I want “” so that I can use it to my gmail account. :D

  • I have tried relay server of gmail already and it’s not working, I think relay server is for those who want their own webmail and relay to gmail smtp server. In my case I want my own like gmail smtp server which is because gmail had provided an option to put your own

  • So what u want, is using as hostname?

  • Yeah, hostname the right word to describe, I want to setup my own smtp email server host along with my web server.

  • Oh well, that’s possible. Step 1 is configuring your DNS settings of your domain name. There you should create an A record pointing to the IP of your DigitalOcean Droplet which will serve as a mailserver.

    The second step is configuring the /etc/hosts file in your Droplet.

  • Thank you for your response jay986365. Will try that one. :D