Guide: Zoho SMTP Postfix Relay

I’d like my server to send me email alerts when services have issues. This guide will walk you through the steps to use Zoho email to achieve this.

$ sudo nano /etc/postfix/sasl_passwd

Add your smtp server, email address, and password (ideally an application-specific password generated in your Zoho control panel): [email protected]:password

Now hash your postfix password and set proper permissions on the original:

$ sudo postmap hash:/etc/postfix/sasl_passwd
$ sudo chmod 600 /etc/postfix/sasl_passwd

Now, edit /etc/postfix/ and add the following lines:

relayhost =
smtp_use_tls = yes
smtp_sasl_auth_enable = yes
smtp_sasl_security_options =
smtp_tls_wrappermode = yes
smtp_tls_security_level = encrypt
smtp_sasl_password_maps = hash:/etc/postfix/sasl_passwd
smtp_tls_CAfile = /etc/ssl/certs/Entrust_Root_Certification_Authority.pem
smtp_tls_session_cache_database = btree:/var/lib/postfix/smtp_tls_session_cache
smtp_tls_session_cache_timeout = 3600s
sender_canonical_classes = envelope_sender, header_sender
sender_canonical_maps = regexp:/etc/postfix/sender_canonical
smtp_header_checks = regexp:/etc/postfix/smtp_header_checks

Create /etc/postfix/sender_canonical and put in your Zoho email address:

Create /etc/postfix/smtp_header_checks and put in your Zoho email address

/From:.*/ REPLACE From: [email protected]

Optionally, if you want to customize the name that the email is coming from, try:

/From:.*/ REPLACE From: Dumbledore <[email protected]>

Finally, reload postfix and send a test message:

$ sudo postfix reload
$ echo "test message" | mail -s "test subject" [email protected]com

Voila! If you have issues, check your logs in /var/log/syslog and /var/log/


Serverfault: Forcing the from address when postfix relays over smtp

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