Third party hosted email services

After considering different alternatives, migadu appears to be a good solution to host email on; Nov 2019.

Moving off Google

Using gmail

Self Hosting email

notmuch – “If you want the convenience of fast, reliable search of all your email, but don’t want to give a 3rd-party access to your email… Then notmuch may be exactly what you’ve been looking for.” - Fast email-fetching and two-way tag synchronization between notmuch and GMail

How To Run Your Own Mail Server

Mail is not hard via [HN] where I found this interesting comment by user skrause.

I think the biggest pain in hosting your own mail server is getting your outbound mail delivered into the mailboxes of the large providers without being marked as spam. Especially if you don’t actually send a lot of mail, so you can never really build up a good IP reputation.

That’s why I generally recommend a hybrid setup: Host inbound mail completely by yourself so that you have full control, but ship off outbound mail to a trusted relay of a privacy oriented provider. For example doesn’t filter any outgoing messages by sender, so you can send mail from your own domains. Your local Postfix can DKIM sign your mail before sending them to Posteo and if you add to your SPF record all your mail will be DKIM signed, SPF authenticated and coming from a reputable IP, so all your deliverability issues will be gone.


Searching Email

Elasticsearch For Beginners: Indexing your Gmail Inbox | Hacker News; see links within.

Email testing

MailCatcher runs a super simple SMTP server which catches any message sent to it to display in a web interface. Run mailcatcher, set your favourite app to deliver to smtp:// instead of your default SMTP server, then check out to see the mail that’s arrived so far.

last release of mailcatcher was in 2016.

Mailhog: How to Use It and Why | Mailtrap Blog

“Mailhog alternatives MailCatcher, SMTP Bucket, FakeSMTP, and LunaticSMTP are good replacements for MailHog.”

In contrast to these tools, Mailtrap is a purely online service. You don’t have to tinker with any sort of installation or setup. All you need to do is to configure your SMTP server according to the provided credentials. After that, you can get on with testing.

Securing email