Haraka - a Node.js Mail Server
Haraka can be used either as an inbound SMTP server, and is designed with good anti-spam protections in mind (see the plugins directory), or it can be used as an outbound mail server (run it on port 587 with an "auth" plugin to authenticate your users).
What Haraka doesn't do is fully replace your mail system (yet). It currently has no built-in facilities for mapping email addresses to user accounts and delivering them to said accounts. For that we expect you to keep something like postfix, exim or any other user-based mail system, and have Haraka deliver mail to those systems for that mapping. However nothing is stopping someone writing a plugin which replicates that facility - it just has yet to be done.
Haraka does have a scalable outbound mail delivery engine in the
plugin, which should work well for most sites.
Why Use Haraka?
Haraka's primary purpose is to provide you with a much easier to extend mail server than most available SMTP servers out there such as Postfix, Exim or Microsoft Exchange, yet while still running those systems for their excellent ability to deliver mail to users.
The plugin system makes it trivial to code new features. A typical example
might be to provide qmail-like extended addresses to an Exchange system,
whereby you could receive mail as
email@example.com, and yet
still have it correctly routed to
firstname.lastname@example.org. This is a few lines of
code in Haraka, or maybe someone has already written this plugin.
Plugins are already provided for running mail through SpamAssassin, checking for known bad HELO patterns, checking DNS Blocklists, and watching for violators of the SMTP protocol via the "early_talker" plugin.
Furthermore Haraka comes with a simple plugin called "graph" which shows you real-time charts of which plugins rejected the most mail, allowing you to easily fine-tune your list of plugins to more effectively stop spam.
Starting Haraka is simple. First edit the supplied config/smtp.ini file to determine which host and port to run on. Then edit config/me to give your server an appropriate name (usually your hostname is correct, but in a multi-server setup you may wish to use a unified name).
Finally just start Haraka:
And it will run.
However the big thing you need to do next is to edit the config/plugins file. This determines what plugins run in Haraka, and controls the overall behaviour of the server. For example if you want to proxy connections to a backend SMTP server you want to set your queue plugin to be queue/smtp_proxy. Have a good look over the plugins in the plugins/ directory to see what is applicable to your setup.
As a typical example here is what I have on my personal server:
dnsbl data.nomsgid data.noreceived data.signatures data.uribl early_talker graph helo.checks mail_from.is_resolvable mail_from.nobounces max_unrecognized_commands rcpt_to.in_host_list rcpt_to.max_count rdns.regexp queue/qmail-queue
However this may not be to your taste. Also bear in mind that each plugin often has configuration of its own. Look at the code, and if it's not obvious just email me at email@example.com and I'll give you some assistance.
I welcome other performance evaluations.
License and Author
Haraka is MIT licensed - see the LICENSE file for details.