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# Postfix Admin
# by Mischa Peters <mischa at high5 dot net>
# Copyright (c) 2002 - 2005 High5!
# Licensed under GPL for more info check GPL-LICENSE.TXT
- Postfix 2.0 or higher.
- Apache 1.3.27 / Lighttpd 1.3.15 or higher.
- PHP 5.1.2 or higher.
- one of the following databases:
- MySQL 3.23 or higher (5.x recommended)
- MariaDB (counts as MySQL ;-)
- PostgreSQL 7.4 (or higher)
- SQLite 3.12 (or higher)
When this is an upgrade from a previous version of Postfix Admin, please read
If you need to setup Postfix to be able to handle Virtual Domains and Virtual
Users check out:
- the PostfixAdmin documentation in the DOCUMENTS/ directory
- our wiki at
There are also lots of HOWTOs around the web. Be warned that many of them
(even those listed below) may be outdated or incomplete.
Please stick to the PostfixAdmin documentation, and use those HOWTOs only if
you need some additional information that is missing in the PostfixAdmin
DOCUMENTS/ folder.
- (Postfix+MySQL+Postfixadmin+Dovecot)
-,_Courier_and_PostfixAdmin (Postfix+MySQL+Postfixadmin+Courier)
1. Unarchive new Postfix Admin
(if you installed PostfixAdmin as RPM or DEB package, you can obviously skip this step.)
Assuming we are installing Postfixadmin into /srv/postfixadmin, then something like this should work :
$ cd /srv/
$ wget -O postfixadmin.tgz
$ tar -zxvf postfixadmin.tgz
$ mv postfixadmin-postfixadmin-3.2 postfixadmin
Alternatively :
$ cd /srv
$ git clone
$ git checkout postfixadmin-3.2
2. Setup Web Server
Assuming /var/www/html is where your webserver reads from :
$ ln -s /srv/postfixadmin/public /var/www/html/postfixadmin
3. Setup a Database
With your chosen/preferred database server (i.e. MySQL or PostgreSQL),
you need to create a new database. A good name for this could be :
The mechanics of creating the database vary depending on which server
you are using. Most users will find using phpMyAdmin or phpPgAdmin the
easiest route.
If you wish to use the command line, you'll need to do something like :
For MySQL:
CREATE USER 'postfix'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'choose_a_password';
GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON `postfix` . * TO 'postfix'@'localhost';
For PostgreSQL:
CREATE USER postfix WITH PASSWORD 'whatever';
CREATE DATABASE postfix OWNER postfix ENCODING 'unicode';
4. Configure PostfixAdmin so it can find the database
Create /srv/postfixadmin/config.local.php file for your local configuration:
$CONF['database_type'] = 'mysqli';
$CONF['database_user'] = 'postfix';
$CONF['database_password'] = 'postfixadmin';
$CONF['database_name'] = 'postfix';
$CONF['configured'] = true;
See for all available config options and their default value.
You can also edit instead of creating a config.local.php,
but this will make updates harder and is therefore not recommended.
The most important settings are those for your database server.
You must also change the line that says :
$CONF['configured'] = false;
$CONF['configured'] = true;
PostfixAdmin does not require write access to any files except the templates_c
directory (smarty cache). You can therefore leave the files owned by root (or
another user); as long as the web server user (e.g. www-data) can read them, it
will be fine.
For templates_c/, allow write access (only) for the web server user (e. g. www-data).
The easiest way to do this is
$ mkdir -p /srv/postfixadmin/templates_c
$ chown -R www-data /srv/postfixadmin/templates_c
5. Check settings, and create Admin user
Hit http://yourserver.tld/postfixadmin/setup.php in a web browser.
You should see a list of 'OK' messages.
The setup.php script will attempt to create the database structure
(or upgrade it if you're coming from a previous version).
Assuming everything is OK you can specify a password (which you'll
need to use setup.php again in the future); when you submit the form,
the hashed value (which you need to enter into is echoed
out - with appropriate instructions on what to do with it).
create the admin user using the form displayed.
6. Use PostfixAdmin
This is all that is needed. Fire up your browser and go to the site that you
specified to host Postfix Admin.
7. Integration with Postfix, Dovecot etc.
Now that PostfixAdmin is working, you need to do some configuration in Postfix,
Dovecot etc. so that they use the domains, mailboxes and aliases you setup in
The files in the DOCUMENTS/ directory explain which settings you need to
7. XMLRPC Integration (OPTIONAL!)
See ADDITIONS/squirrelmail-plugin
See xmlrpc.php - only a subset of Postfixadmin's functionality is currently exposed.
See - see xmlrpc_enabled key (defaults to off).
You'll need to install a copy of the Zend Framework (version 1.12.x) within Postfixadmin
or your PHP include_path (see header within xmlrpc.php).
NOTE: The XMLRPC interface is _not compatible_ with Zend Framework version 2.x.
You'll need to enable the xmlrpc link (see
8. More information
The code and issue tracker is on GitHub:
IRC - a community of people may be able to help in #postfixadmin on
Legacy forum posts are on SourceForce at