Setting Postfix for outgoing mail in openSUSE

Published on April 14, 2017 by Daniel Lanza

 opensuse  postfix

A tutorial to set Postfix to send mails in openSUSE.


You will need the following:

In this tutorial, the machine has the following:


Install Postfix

By openSUSE installation default, Postfix can be installed. If not, install it with YaST or zypper.

dalanz@mail:~> sudo zypper install postfix

Check that postfix service is running.

dalanz@mail:~> sudo service postfix status
* postfix.service - Postfix Mail Transport Agent
   Loaded: loaded (/usr/lib/systemd/system/postfix.service; enabled; vendor preset: enabled)
   Active: active (running) since Fri 2017-04-14 11:02:21 CEST; 2min 27s ago
  Process: 1152 ExecStartPost=/etc/postfix/system/cond_slp register (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS)
  Process: 1143 ExecStartPost=/etc/postfix/system/wait_qmgr 60 (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS)
  Process: 1035 ExecStart=/usr/sbin/postfix start (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS)
  Process: 1029 ExecStartPre=/etc/postfix/system/update_postmaps (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS)
  Process: 1024 ExecStartPre=/etc/postfix/system/update_chroot (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS)
  Process: 1017 ExecStartPre=/etc/postfix/system/config_postfix (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS)
  Process: 1009 ExecStartPre=/bin/echo Starting mail service (Postfix) (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS)
 Main PID: 1141 (master)
    Tasks: 3 (limit: 512)
   CGroup: /system.slice/postfix.service
           |-1141 /usr/lib/postfix/master -w
           |-1144 pickup -l -t fifo -u
           `-1145 qmgr -l -t fifo -u

Apr 14 11:02:19 mail systemd[1]: Starting Postfix Mail Transport Agent...
Apr 14 11:02:20 mail echo[1009]: Starting mail service (Postfix)
Apr 14 11:02:21 mail postfix/master[1141]: daemon started -- version 2.11.8, configuration /etc/postfix
Apr 14 11:02:21 mail systemd[1]: Started Postfix Mail Transport Agent.

Change file

With root permissions, modify /etc/postfix/ file.

dalanz@mail:~> sudo vim /etc/postfix/

At the end of the file, modify or add the following parameters:

inet_interfaces = localhost,
inet_protocols = all
mydestination = $myhostname, localhost.$mydomain, $mydomain
myhostname =

Restart Postfix service.

dalanz@mail:~> sudo service postfix restart

Send mail with telnet

Send an email with Telnet. This is the procedure:

dalanz@mail:~> telnet 25
mail from:
rcpt to:,

This is the complete process:

dalanz@mail:~> telnet 25
Connected to
Escape character is '^]'.
250 DSN
mail from:
250 2.1.0 Ok
rcpt to: {email}
250 2.1.5 Ok
354 End data with <CR><LF>.<CR><LF>
Subject: My telnet test with Postfix


This is an email sent by using telnet command. Mail service was set with Postfix.

Best regards,


250 2.0.0 Ok: queued as E57AA60775
221 2.0.0 Bye
Connection closed by foreign host.

And check your inbox.

Email sent by telnet
Email sent by telnet
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