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Install iRedMail on FreeBSD


Check out the lightweight on-premises email archiving software developed by iRedMail team: Spider Email Archiver.

If you want to install iRedMail inside FreeBSD Jail, please use this installation guide instead: Install iRedMail inside FreeBSD Jail (with ezjail)

System Requirements


To install iRedMail on FreeBSD, you need:

Note: All packages will be installed from ports tree.


Set a fully qualified domain name (FQDN) hostname on your server

No matter your server is a testing machine or production server, it's strongly recommended to set a fully qualified domain name (FQDN) hostname.

Enter command hostname -f to view the current hostname:

# hostname -f

On FreeBSD, hostname is set in two files: /etc/rc.conf, /etc/hosts.

# Part of File: /etc/rc.conf
# Part of file: /etc/hosts mx localhost localhost.localdomain

Verify the FQDN hostname. If it wasn't changed, please reboot server to make it work.

# hostname -f

Update ports tree via portsnap

# portsnap fetch extract update

Install package bash-static, it's required by iRedMail

# pkg install bash-static

Download the latest release of iRedMail

# cd /root/
# tar zxf iRedMail-x.y.z.tar.gz

Start iRedMail installer

It's now ready to start iRedMail installer, it will ask you several simple questions, that's all required to setup a full-featured mail server.

# cd /root/iRedMail-x.y.z/
# bash

Screenshots of installation:


There's no big difference between available backends, so it's strongly recommended to choose the one you're familiar with for easier management and maintenance after installation.

To MySQL/MariaDB/PostgreSQL users

If you choose to store mail accounts in MySQL/MariaDB/PostgreSQL, iRedMail installer will generate a random, strong password for you. You can find it in file

Note: This account is an admin account and a mail user. That means you can login to webmail and admin panel (iRedAdmin) with this account, login username is full email address.

After answered above questions, iRedMail installer will ask you to review and confirm to start installation. It will install and configure required packages automatically. Type y or Y and press Enter to start.

Important things you MUST know after installation


The weakest part of a mail server is user's weak password. Spammers don't want to hack your server, they just want to send spam from your server. Please ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS force users to use a strong password.

Access webmail and other web applications

After installation successfully completed, you can access web-based programs if you choose to install them. Replace your_server below by your real server hostname or IP address.

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