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juanluisbaptiste Merge pull request #4 from watiko/smtp-port
Configure smtp port and clean yum caches.
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Simple Postfix SMTP TLS relay docker image with no local authentication enabled (to be run in a secure LAN).

It also includes rsyslog to enable logging to stdout.

Build instructions

Clone this repo and then:

cd docker-Postfix
sudo docker build -t postfix .

Or you can use the provided docker-compose files:

sudo docker-compose -f docker-compose.yml -f build

For more information on using multiple compose files see here. You can also find a prebuilt docker image from Docker Hub, which can be pulled with this command:

sudo docker pull juanluisbaptiste/postfix:latest

How to run it

The following env variables need to be passed to the container:

  • SMTP_SERVER Server address of the SMTP server to use.
  • SMTP_PORT (Optional, Default value: 587) Port address of the SMTP server to use.
  • SMTP_USERNAME Username to authenticate with.
  • SMTP_PASSWORD Password of the SMTP user.
  • SERVER_HOSTNAME Server hostname for the Postfix container. Emails will appear to come from the hostname's domain.

To use this container from anywhere, the 25 port needs to be exposed to the docker host server:

docker run -d --name postfix -p "25:25"  \ 
       -e \
       -e \
       -e \

If you are going to use this container from other docker containers then it's better to just publish the port:

docker run -d --name postfix -P \
       -e \
       -e \
       -e \           

Or if you can start the service using the provided docker-compose file for production use:

sudo docker-compose up -d

A note about using gmail as a relay

Gmail by default does not allow email clients that don't use OAUTH 2 for authentication (like Thunderbird or Outlook). First you need to enable access to "Less secure apps" on your google settings.

Also take into account that email From: header will contain the email address of the account being used to authenticate against the Gmail SMTP server(SMTP_USERNAME), the one on the email will be ignored by Gmail.


If you need troubleshooting the container you can set the environment variable DEBUG=yes for a more verbose output.