Ask HN: The middle ground for email selfhosting

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  • free-email-forwarding

    The best free email forwarding for custom domains. Visit our website to get started (SMTP server)

    I have good luck using for having email address on my own custom domain. This will catch inbound email (configured from DNS MX record) to my gmail, and for outbound I set the custom domain as gmail alias.

    Doesn't solve privacy, data ownership, nor google lock-in issue (but at least if I lost my gmail, I can move to a real email selfhost solution and keep my address). But as my need is just to have custom domain address for the cool factor of it, this simple setup works flawlessly.

  • Mailcow

    mailcow: dockerized - 🐮 + 🐋 = 💕

    I have been selfhosting my email stack on a cheap VPS for many years now, probably since 2009 or so. I used to set up everything manually, but that was quite painful and there were some rough edges.

    Nowadays, I just use mailcow ( for the setup part and have a much more polished experience. Email deliverability is not a problem. Generally, you just have to make sure to correctly setup DKIM/SPF (and DMARC) and check if your IP is on some blacklist. You can get it removed easily.

    There was one provider that denied incoming mails from me, even though I got the IP removed from every blacklist I could find. I wrote a short mail to the admin contact and got told I had to host a web page with contact information on the same IP. Since being whitelisted there, everything works like a charm, couldn't be happier.

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