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How to send an E-mail from CentOS 7

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Postfix is a flexible mail server that is available on most Linux distribution. Though a full feature mail server, Postfix can also be used as a simple relay host to another mail server, or smart host.

Step 1. Login to your server via SSH Putty.

Step 2. Install Postfix, the SASL authentication framework, and mailx.

 # yum -y install postfix cyrus-sasl-plain mailx

Step 3. Restart Postfix to detect the SASL framework.

 # systemctl restart postfix 

Step 4.  Start Postfix on boot

# systemctl enable postfix 

Step 5. Open the /etc/postfix/main.cf file.

# vi /etc/postfix/main.cf 

Paste the following into the file:

relayhost = [smtp.gmail.com]:587
smtp_use_tls = yes
smtp_sasl_auth_enable = yes
smtp_sasl_password_maps = hash:/etc/postfix/sasl_passwd
smtp_tls_CAfile = /etc/ssl/certs/ca-bundle.crt
smtp_sasl_security_options = noanonymous
smtp_sasl_tls_security_options = noanonymous

Save and Exit.


Step 6.  Configure Postfix SASL Credentials

Add the Gmail credentials for authentication. Create a "/etc/postfix/sasl_passwd" file

 # touch /etc/postfix/sasl_passwd  

Add the following line to the file:

[smtp.gmail.com]:587 username:password

Save and exit.


NOTE: Replace username with your Gmail ID and password with your Gmail Password

Step 7.  Create a Postfix lookup table from the sasl_passwd text file by running the following command:

# postmap /etc/postfix/sasl_passwd 

Step 8. Sending mail

Run the following command to send mail:

 # echo "This is test mail." | mail -s "message" xyz@yahoo.com 

NOTE:  'xyz@yahoo.com' can be any Mail ID that the user wants to send email to.
'This is test mail' is the Body Message of the Email. Customizable according to the user.
'message' is the Subject of the Email. Customizable according to the user.

Step 9. Mail received.

Thank You!

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