Setup MX and Gmail without Google Apps

October 3, 2014 1.6k views

Is there a way to forward an MX record to Gmail without a Google Apps account? Gmail already has everything I need and I want to avoid paying for Google Apps service.

I know very little about MX records. This is the first time I am dealing with this.

If the above is impossible, what would be the easiest way to setup a mechanism where my MX record is pointing to my Digital Ocean IP address and my Debian based VPS is forwarding the mail to one or more Gmail accounts?

I have no need to read or store the emails on the VPS and just need to relay them to Gmail as painlessly as possible.

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  • Commenting to follow post. I've been trying to figure this out myself. Tired of paying Google for email account.

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This seems to cover how to setup free email with Digital Ocean if you have your domain name with a service like GoDaddy or NameCheap.


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