How to configure Postfix to use Aritic Mail as default relay?

Updating the Postfix configuration to use AriticMail as a relay host is easy. For more advanced configuration scenarios, you’ll need to refer to the Postfix documentation.

Some implementations of Postfix only allow passwords to contain letters and numbers, meaning you may need to ensure your AriticMail password is only alphanumeric.

Find your Postfix config file, typically /etc/postfix/main.cf, and add the following:

smtp_sasl_auth_enable = yes
smtp_sasl_password_maps = hash:/etc/postfix/sasl_passwd
smtp_sasl_security_options = noanonymous
smtp_sasl_tls_security_options = noanonymous
smtp_tls_security_level = encrypt
header_size_limit = 4096000
relayhost = [mail.ariticmail.com]:25

Now you need to specify your credentials (optionally, use apikey as username and an API Key as password) in the separate file /etc/postfix/sasl_passwd (you’ll likely need to create it):

[mail.ariticmail.com]:25 yourAriticMailUsername:yourAriticMailPassword

Next, make sure the file has restricted read and write access only for root, and use the postmap command to update Postfix’s hash tables to use this new file:

$ sudo chmod 600 /etc/postfix/sasl_passwd
$ sudo postmap /etc/postfix/sasl_passwd

Finally, restart Postfix:

$ sudo systemctl restart postfix

If you are getting no mechanism available error messages, it generally indicates that you are missing some SASL authentication libraries.

Install the missing module dependency using apt-get (i.e., Debian, Ubuntu):

$ apt-get install libsasl2-modules

Or using a yum (i.e., RedHat, Fedora, CentOS):

$ yum install cyrus-sasl-plain