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20+ Options for hosting our own mail server

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  1. Mailu is a simple yet full-featured mail server as a set of Docker images.

    Maddy: Composable all-in-one mail server about 3 months ago:

    I see no one has mentioned Mailu ( It’s a self hosted mail server made up of a couple docker images. I would recommend it based on my use and experience. I’ve been using it for my personal email and for automated no-reply messages in a few projects with no delivery issues. It handles spam with rspamd, sets you up with DMARC, DKIM, has an admin interface, web mail interface.
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    This hasn't been added to SaaSHub yet

  3. Self hosted modern mail server

    Modoboa – open-source email server about 2 days ago:

    There are some really interesting choices for F/OSS email servers these days. There are SMTP+IMAP: - maddy[0] (I use this) - chasquid[1] - docker-mailserver[2] And combinations: - haraka[3]/ZoneMTA[4] (SMTP) + wilduck[5] (IMAP) Modoboa brings something new in that it bundles together the frontend but I'm very happy with Thunderbird (and there are other frontends like Sogo) -- the competition is stiff and modoboa...
  4. Archiveopteryx stores email in a database and provides access to it through IMAP and more.

    Email Archive/Indexer? about 4 months ago:

    No first hand experience yet, but kept this in my bookmarks for a while already: archiveopteryx.
  5. DBMail is a fast, scalable IMAP4 and POP3 server that stores all email and users in a Postgresql...

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    This hasn't been added to SaaSHub yet

  7. An open source mailserver suite.

    F*ck Google, here are some self-hosted alternatives. about 12 days ago:

    Want to mention mailcow as well, was pretty straight forward to setup with docker and their documentation.
  8. Mail-in-a-Box provides webmail and an IMAP/SMTP server for use with mobile devices and desktop mail software and also includes contacts and calendar synchronization.

    Modoboa – open-source email server about 2 days ago:

    I have switched from zimbra (community) to MailInABox ( and can say that a cheap five euros per month ssd-shared-4-virtual-cpu can manage as much as 1000nds of mails per day in and out for dozens of users with ease. So far I had not issues with spam classification, also due using a .de and .net email domain. (See stories about the infamous .xyz domains for reference).
  9. A fully fledged, free email server solution, an open source project (GPL v2).

  10. hMailServer is a free e-mail server for Microsoft Windows.