Caio Alonso

[email protected]

Self-hosted email with EC2, Docker and Mailu

These are the steps I followed when setting up my own mail server.

Fire up an Ubuntu EC2 instance, then:

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade -y
sudo apt-get install -y apt-transport-https ca-certificates curl software-properties-common git vim

Make sure these ports are open in your AWS security group:

Install Docker:

curl -fsSL https://download.docker.com/linux/ubuntu/gpg | sudo apt-key add -
sudo add-apt-repository "deb [arch=amd64] https://download.docker.com/linux/ubuntu $(lsb_release -cs) stable"
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get -y install docker-ce

Install docker-compose:

sudo curl -L "https://github.com/docker/compose/releases/download/1.22.0/docker-compose-$(uname -s)-$(uname -m)" -o /usr/local/bin/docker-compose
sudo chmod +x /usr/local/bin/docker-compose

Install Mailu:

sudo mkdir /mailu
cd /mailu
sudo wget https://mailu.io/1.5/_downloads/docker-compose.yml
sudo wget https://mailu.io/1.5/_downloads/.env

Configure Mailu with sudo vim .env and set these entries:

Run it with:

sudo docker-compose up -d

Add an admin account with, replacing the uppercase strings:

sudo docker-compose run --rm admin python manage.py admin USERNAME DOMAIN PASSWORD

Antispam measures

Test it with mail-tester.

SPF

Add a TXT record to your nameserver. Name caioalonso.com. and content v=spf1 mx a:mail.caioalonso.com -all.

DMARC

Go to your admin panel (https://DOMAIN/admin), then Mail domains > the Details icon and click Regenerate keys.

Copy the DNS DMARC entry line and do the same thing you did for the SPF. This time with name _dmarc.caioalonso.com and the content is everything between quotes, in my case:

v=DMARC1; p=reject; rua=mailto:[email protected]; ruf=mailto:[email protected]; adkim=s; aspf=s

DKIM

On that same page do the same thing you did with DMARC, but using the DNS DKIM Entry.

27 Oct 2018