How to Install SendMail on Ubuntu


Installing SendMail on your Ubuntu machine has been made easy by the Ubuntu community. Once you've installed SendMail, you will have your own email server to send direct messages to any email address in the world. The process can be accomplished in about a minute, depending on your Internet connection speeds. Configuration can take a while longer, and may require some trial and error before you get it right.

  • Open "Terminal" in Ubuntu. This will vary depending on which desktop environment you are using, but if you are using the default "Unity" desktop, then you will click "Dash," "More Apps," "Accessories" and "Terminal."

  • Type "sudo apt-get install sendmail" in Terminal to start downloading the packages and installing SendMail. You will see messages across the Terminal screen as the required packages are downloaded and installed. When the process is complete, you will see the list of installed packages -- SendMail plus all of the other packages required for the installation.

  • Type "sudo sendmailconfig" to configure SendMail to your specific needs. This is done through a series of questions you answer. Fortunately, installation by using apt-get will automatically answer most of the questions for you based on your current Ubuntu configuration.


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