Dovel is a SMTP server that sends and receives emails acording to a
simple configuration file. It also comes with an optional web interface
that you can use to browse your emails. It is designed to be simple and
easy to use, and will remain so. Dovel is great because:
Is lightweight: Uses only a few MBs of RAM and loads
pages super fast.
Is easy to configure: Needs just one JSON file.
Is easy to use: The design is simple and extensible.
Supports PGP using the WKD standard
This project is under the BSD-3-Clause license, its code can be found
in our git repositories.
Dovel is in early stages and in active development, this means there
is a lot to be done. The major features planned are as follows:
Create http and ssh clients.
To install dovel you need go propperly installed and
a port available, this guide works for MacOS, Linux and BSD systems.
Install dovel by running:
go install firstname.lastname@example.org.
Configure dovel by creating the configuration file, an
example is provided below. Running server
is enough to start.
Configure your MX record in your domain registrar to
point to your server. This is needed to receive email.
Configure other DNS records as you wish in your domain
registrar such as PTR, SPF, DKIM or DMARC to improve
sending emails. Dovel supports DKIM by passing the key
path in the configuration file.
Create the handlers you want for each domain. This is
The following configuration is enought to receive emails: Dovel needs
the file ~/.config/dovel/config.json is order to work
correctly, otherwise it will use default settings which may not
suit you. The field vaultFile is optional for receiving emails.
Dovel can handle email for different domains, so you can have multiple
inboxes. To achieve this handler files must be created in the
~/.config/dovel/hooks/ folder. The program will run the
corresponding hook passing the email as standard input. For example:
suppose your domain is dovel.email, emails addressed to
email@example.com will be handled by a hook named
receive-dovel.email and emails sent by this domain are
handled by send-dovel.email likewise.
Using dovel email server is meant to be super easy: the server
uses the configuration above, you can add the vault file in order to
authenticate users that want to send emails. After creating the config
file, simply run server to start the server.
Sending bug reports, starting discussions and sending patches can be
done easily by email, this project follows the git email convention,
our git repositories can be found on our git.
Financial support is also greatly appreciated, you can donate
any amount by using this ko-fi
link. Thank you!