Incoming and outgoing SMTP

This page details the configuration for Incoming SMTP

The outgoing (remote delivery) is implemented in the RemoteDelivery mailets. The configuration details for outgoing SMTP traffic can be read on this page (section RemoteDelivery) and shoud be update in the mailetcontainer.

SMTP Configuration

Consult smtpserver-template.xml in GIT to get some examples and hints.

The SMTP service is controlled by a configuration block in the smptserver.xml. The smtpserver tag defines the boundaries of the configuration block. It encloses all the relevant configuration for the SMTP server. The behavior of the SMTP service is controlled by the attributes and children of this tag.

This tag has an optional boolean attribute - enabled - that defines whether the service is active or not. The value defaults to "true" if not present.

The standard children of the smtpserver tag are:

A list of address:port - This is an optional value. If present, this value is a string describing the IP address to which this service should be bound. If the tag or value is absent then the service will bind to all network interfaces for the machine on port 25. Port 25 is the well-known/IANA registered port for SMTP. Port 465 is the well-known/IANA registered port for SMTP over TLS.
Set to true to support STARTTLS or SSL for the Socket. To use this you need to copy sunjce_provider.jar to /path/james/lib directory. To create a new keystore execute: keytool -genkey -alias james -keyalg RSA -keystore /path/to/james/conf/keystore. The algorithm is optional and only needs to be specified when using something other than the Sun JCE provider - You could use IbmX509 with IBM Java runtime.
This is a required tag with an optional body that defines the server name used in the initial service greeting. The tag may have an optional attribute - autodetect. If the autodetect attribute is present and true, the service will use the local hostname returned by the Java libraries. If autodetect is absent or false, the body of the tag will be used. In this case, if no body is present, the value "localhost" will be used.
This is an optional tag with a non-negative integer body. Connection timeout in secconds.
Set the maximum simultaneous incoming connections for this service.
Set the maximum simultaneous incoming connections per IP for this service.
This is an optional tag with a boolean body. If true, then the server will require authentication before delivering mail to non-local email addresses. If this tag is absent, or the value is false then the client will not be prompted for authentication. Only simple user/password authentication is supported at this time. supported values: true: required but announced only to not authorizedAddresses false: don't use AUTH announce: like true, but always announce AUTH capability to clients The correct behaviour per RFC value would be false or announce but we still support true for backward compatibility and because some webmail client fails when AUTH is announced but no authentication information has been provided
Authorize specific addresses/networks. If you use SMTP AUTH, addresses that match those specified here will be permitted to relay without SMTP AUTH. If you do not use SMTP AUTH, and you specify addreses here, then only addresses that match those specified will be permitted to relay. Addresses may be specified as a an IP address or domain name, with an optional netmask, e.g., 127.*,,, and localhost/8 are all the same See also the RemoteAddrNotInNetwork matcher in the transport processor. You would generally use one OR the other approach.
This is an optional tag with a boolean body. This option can only be used if SMTP authentication is required. If the parameter is set to true then the sender address for the submitted message will be verified against the authenticated subject. Verify sender addresses, ensuring that the sender address matches the user who has authenticated. This prevents a user of your mail server from acting as someone else If unspecified, default value is true.
This is an optional tag with a non-negative integer body. It specifies the maximum size, in kbytes, of any message that will be transmitted by this SMTP server. It is a service-wide, as opposed to a per user, limit. If the value is zero then there is no limit. If the tag isn't specified, the service will default to an unlimited message size.
This sets wether to enforce the use of HELO/EHLO salutation before a MAIL command is accepted. If unspecified, the value defaults to true.
WARNING: This is Non-RFC compliant (default value: true) See:
This sets the SMTPGreeting which will be used when connect to the smtpserver If none is specified a default is generated
The configuration handler chain

Configure Authenticated SMTP (SMTP AUTH)

Authenticated SMTP is a method of securing your SMTP server. With SMTP AUTH enabled senders who wish to relay mail through the SMTP server (that is, send mail that is eventually to be delivered to another SMTP server) must authenticate themselves to Apache James Server before sending their message. Mail that is to be delivered locally does not require authentication. This method ensures that spammers cannot use your SMTP server to send unauthorized mail, while still enabling users who may not have fixed IP addresses to send their messages.

Mail servers that allow spammers to send unauthorized email are known as open relays. So SMTP AUTH is a mechanism for ensuring that your server is not an open relay .

At this time Apache James Server only supports simple user name / password authentication.

Configuring Apache James Server for Authentication SMTP is a multi-step process. It requires several adjustments of the smtpserver.xml. To enable SMTP AUTH, do the following:

  1. As mentioned above, SMTP AUTH requires that Apache James Server be able to distinguish between mail intended for local delivery and mail intended for remote delivery. Apache James Server makes this determination by matching the domain to which the mail was sent against the <servernames> element of the Apache James Server configuration block. Any local domains should be explicitly listed as <servername> elements in this section.
  2. set the authRequired element of the smtpserver configuration block to "true".
  3. if you wish to ensure that authenticated users can only send email from their own account, you may optionally set the verifyIdentity element of the smtpserver configuration block to "true".
  4. Restart Apache James Server. This will pull in all of your configuration changes.

Finally, you need to verify that your configuration was done correctly. This step is important and should not be skipped.

Verify that you have not inadvertantly configured your server as an open relay. This is most easily accomplished by using the service provided at will check your mail server and inform you if it is an open relay.

It is extremely important that your server not be configured as an open relay. Aside from potential costs associated with usage by spammers, connections from servers that are determined to be open relays are routinely rejected by SMTP servers. This can severely impede the ability of your mail server to send mail.

Of course it is also necessary to confirm that users and log in and send mail through your server. This can be accomplished using any standard mail client (i.e. Thunderbird, Outlook, Eudora, Evolution).

Configure multiple SMTP servers

LMTP Configuration

Consult lmtpserver-template.xml in GIT to get some examples and hints.

The configuration is the same of for SMTP.

By default, it is desactivated. You can activate it with SMTP and bind for example on port 24.