This documentation is for Dovecot v2.x, see wiki1 for v1.x documentation.

Installing Prebuilt Binaries

In binary packages the configuration file is typically in /etc/dovecot.conf.

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Debian

apt-get install dovecot-imapd dovecot-pop3d

Fedora Core

Doing a fresh install of (the current) Fedora Core 2 and later, Dovecot will be installed as the default IMAP server. If you're upgrading from Fedora Core 1, see [wiki:PrebuiltBinaries/FedoraUpgrade FedoraUpgrade].

If you don't have Dovecot already installed, use:

up2date -i dovecot
# or:
yum install dovecot

To start the dovecot daemon and being sure it start with each system boot run

service dovecot start
chkconfig dovecot on

SuSE

yast -i dovecot

FreeBSD

cd /usr/ports/mail/dovecot; make install

OpenBSD

cd /usr/ports/mail/dovecot; make install

NetBSD

cd /usr/pkgsrc/mail/dovecot; make install

Mac OS X Darwinports

port install dovecot