How to setup MX records with DigitalOcean?

March 31, 2017 13.4k views
Email Ubuntu 16.04

I just pointed my 1and1 domain and nameservers to my new DigitalOcean droplet and the DNS propagated and the domain is pointing to the droplet just fine. Emails aren't working though, and I have no idea what MX records to enter to make it work. I don't really know much about networking stuff.

I setup one that I just saw somebody else mention in a post, but it doesn't work.

4 Answers
hansen March 31, 2017
Accepted Answer

Have you setup a mail server on your DigitalOcean droplet? Otherwise you need to point to somewhere that handles your email.
DigitalOcean does not run a mail-service, like many other webhosting companies, since they provide full virtual private servers instead, so you can do it if you want.

  • Yeah, figured it after a while. Realised I have to stay with 1and1's nameservers and simply point the A record at my droplet and keep the MX records as they are, using 1and1's mail server.

Hey, I also have the DNS servers pointed to DO's nameservers. To forward the mail to 1and1's mail servers, use these MX records in the DNS records on DO:

Type MX --- Value --- Priority 10
Type MX --- Value --- Priority 20

I called 1and1 about the same thing. I am in the US so they gave me:

MX Servernames: - I set priority to 10 - I set priority to 20

I'm not sure if the priorities are right but I have my mail routed properly.

Thanks for the help guys! I am leaving this here for additional clarification/discussion.

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Note: The following solution works, but may not be optimal (with my current understanding). If it is incorrect, I will update this post.



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