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 /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

1.0beta2 is available via YaST since SUSE 10.1-Beta2, including [:LDA:LDA support]

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