Getting dovecot running on Mac OS X


  1. Install dovecot with `brew install dovecot`

  2. Open /usr/local/etc/dovecot/dovecot.conf
# A comma separated list of IPs or hosts where to listen in for connections.
# "*" listens in all IPv4 interfaces, "::" listens in all IPv6 interfaces.
# If you want to specify non-default ports or anything more complex,
# edit conf.d/master.conf.
listen = 127.0.0.1

# Protocols we want to be serving.
protocols = imap


# Static passdb.

# This can be used for situations where Dovecot doesn't need to verify the
# username or the password, or if there is a single password for all users:
passdb {
  driver = static
  args = password=CHANGE_THIS
}

# Location for users' mailboxes. The default is empty, which means that Dovecot
# tries to find the mailboxes automatically. This won't work if the user
# doesn't yet have any mail, so you should explicitly tell Dovecot the full
# location.
#
# If you're using mbox, giving a path to the INBOX file (eg. /var/mail/%u)
# isn't enough. You'll also need to tell Dovecot where the other mailboxes are
# kept. This is called the "root mail directory", and it must be the first
# path given in the mail_location setting.
#
# There are a few special variables you can use, eg.:
#
#   %u - username
#   %n - user part in [email protected], same as %u if there's no domain
#   %d - domain part in [email protected], empty if there's no domain
#   %h - home directory
#
# See doc/wiki/Variables.txt for full list. Some examples:
#
#   mail_location = maildir:~/Maildir
#   mail_location = mbox:~/mail:INBOX=/var/mail/%u
#   mail_location = mbox:/var/mail/%d/%1n/%n:INDEX=/var/indexes/%d/%1n/%n
#
# <doc wiki="" maillocation.txt="">
#
mail_location = maildir:/Users/YOURUSERNAME/mail


# System user and group used to access mails. If you use multiple, userdb
# can override these by returning uid or gid fields. You can use either numbers
# or names. <doc wiki="" userids.txt="">
mail_uid = YOURUSERNAME
mail_gid = admin

# SSL/TLS support: yes, no, required. <doc wiki="" ssl.txt="">
ssl = no

# Login user is internally used by login processes. This is the most untrusted
# user in Dovecot system. It shouldn't have access to anything at all.
default_login_user = _dovenull

# Internal user is used by unprivileged processes. It should be separate from
# login user, so that login processes can't disturb other processes.
default_internal_user = _dovecot
# Internal group is expected to be the primary group of the default_internal_user.
default_internal_group = mail

# Setting limits.
default_process_limit = 10
default_client_limit = 50


Change the YOURUSERNAME to your local username

3. Run this command.

sudo brew services restart dovecot

Permission issues:

sudo chgrp /Users/YOURUSERNAME/mail mail

Logs are found here: sudo tail -f /usr/local/var/log/dovecot/dovecot.log


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