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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.

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Setup and Install your Email server easily with this Free, Open Source Option - Mail-In-A-Box.

Mail-in-a-Box Setup Guide (v0.16 - January 2016)

Setting up your own mail server with Mail-In-A-Box

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  • Ask HN: Do you run your own DNS servers?
    Mail-In-a-Box (MIAB)[1] comes with a built in nameserver. I think you may use it as a standalone DNS even for the domain names whose email is not managed by MIAB. Not sure about any benefit of doing it this way though. [1] - Source: Hacker News / 28 days ago
  • Ask HN: Self Hosting an Email Server?
    I've been using on a small VPS where I host a few other websites and projects. I'd recommend it for the management aspect: It has backup scripts and a UI for let's encrypt and dns entries. - Source: Hacker News / 5 months ago
  • Sandstorm, Tempest, and the Future
    I don't see why we are a long way away. At the sandstorm end, we need to get to the point, where all updates (of both sandstorm and the apps) on the user machine are automatic. Much like they are automatic on various OSes (mobile OSes in particular but also MacOS/Windows). This is not impossible if a single OS like Debian-testing is targeted. Mailinabox [1] almost does it. They target Ubuntu stable, and upgrades... - Source: Hacker News / 8 months ago
  • [advice needed] - Selfhosted Mail Server
    If you have a better solution, for example a good provider who offer agency packages which allows many domains and there is no catch, for example very small disk space, then hit me right away. Otherwise, please share your experience with hosting your own mail service. I found and for example, but never had any experience with neither of them. Source: 11 months ago
  • what to use for self hosting email works great on a basic vps. Source: 12 months ago
  • Email server management on linux
    I have used mailinabox for many years on a digitalocean droplet. I've recently added-on a small-time SMTP relay provider who is using mxroute as their upstream service. Source: about 1 year ago
  • Email server management on linux
    Something like or some other dockerized mail service solution might be an option to consider. Source: about 1 year ago
  • Cheapest way to use your own domain for your email?
    Mailinabox All you need is a VPS with a clean IP, took me 3 tries to get one that wasn't blacklisted on any list per I've been using it for 4 years now and have only had an issue receiving an email once. Source: about 1 year ago
  • What happens if SimpleLogin shuts down
    Or host your email server. There is even services like r/VirtualMin & r/Webmin plus others like Mail-in-a-Box or iRedMail. Source: about 1 year ago
  • VPS Personalized Email
    Very lightweighy email server that I use and recommend is However, after installing it you cannot do any other modifications to the same server because it already configures a customised nginx server and other things, after each update it's not guaranteed that your changes will save. You can try deploying in inside docker environment though, or use other alternatives like mailcow, iredmail. Source: about 1 year ago
  • Need advice fixing my embarrassing email configuration.
    I've self-hosted my email for the last ~6 years, at first using mail-in-a-box; but more recently moving to a containerized instance. I don't have any issues with delivery; but it's likely due to how long I've been in existence. Source: about 1 year ago
  • Can you suggest me a good email hosting?
    You don't need any directadmins and stuff. Get a VPS server and install something like It's a one command install, and you get webmail, nice UI to create and manage users, DNS server capabilities, nextcloud contacts and calendar. Source: about 1 year ago
  • Self hosted email server
    Mail-in-Box: good for personal use or samll team or company (does not support quote or sending limits. Source: about 1 year ago
  • Hosted Mail
    Are you using DNSSEC and DKIM and SPF? Something like set up on a clean domain should have no trouble delivering to Microsoft. Source: about 1 year ago
  • My own email address? Like
    If you want to self-host, I highly recommend a project such as Mail-in-a-Box. Source: about 1 year ago
  • Modern full-featured mail server for low-maintenance self-hosted email
    I've set up my email using Mail-in-a-box [0] and it's worked wonderfully. How does this compare with Mail-in-a-box? Also, webmail, calendaring are future features in this product. I wonder how critical are those for people setting up their own email. [0]: - Source: Hacker News / over 1 year ago
  • Modern full-featured mail server for low-maintenance self-hosted email
    I have used for about 1.5 years. Installation was dead simple, and no technical problems after. - Source: Hacker News / over 1 year ago
  • 40 Containers & Counting...
    I could, however I don't send too many emails, and my MIAB instance (is on Linode, so not exactly really selfhosted) has had a 99% uptime for months, so I'm not too worried about the one email a month I send being wonky. Source: over 1 year ago
  • Need recommendations for setting up my email server
    I use mail in a box. Its pretty simple to setup. Source: over 1 year ago
  • Hosting mail or outsourcing?
    Anyway - I've been using mail-in-a-box for around 8 years and it works really well. Source: over 1 year ago
  • Homepage for 2023
    Mail in a Box - All in One Email Server. Source: over 1 year ago

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