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= Quick Configuration =
If you just want to get Dovecot running with typical configuration in a typical environment, here's what you'll have to do:


== TLDR; Just want it running ==

Here is a very simple basic configuration with single vmail user to be placed as dovecot.conf. Please note that some distros split configuration under /etc/dovecot/conf.d, which, while it can be useful, is not required.

You need to create group vmail and user vmail.

mail_uid = vmail
mail_gid = vmail
mail_attribute_dict = file:%h/Mail/dovecot-attributes
## this is sometimes needed
#first_valid_uid = uid-of-vmail-user

passdb {
  driver = static
  args = password=pass
# if you are using v2.3+

== Configuration file ==
Prebuilt packages usually install the configuration files into `/etc/dovecot/`. You'll find the correct path by running:
doveconf -n | head -n 1

It's a good idea to read through all the config files and see what settings you might want to change.

=== Installing from sources ===

If you compiled and installed Dovecot from sources, Dovecot has installed only a `/usr/local/etc/dovecot/README` file, which contains the
path to the installed example configuration files, usually `/usr/local/share/doc/dovecot/example-config`. Copy them to etc/:
cp -r /usr/local/share/doc/dovecot/example-config/* /usr/local/etc/dovecot/

=== Split configuration files ===

The default configuration starts from {{{dovecot.conf}}}, which contains an {{{!include conf.d/*.conf}}} statement to read the rest of the configuration. The idea is that the settings are nicely grouped into different files to make it easier for new admins to scan through related settings. It doesn't matter which config file you add which setting. In the production system it's often easier to just have a single {{{dovecot.conf}}} file, which you can create easily using
doveconf -n > dovecot.conf

=== Hints about writing configuration files ===

 * Usually it does not matter in which file you write the setting, however, later settings replace earlier ones. If you use the same section multiple times, the settings are merged together.
 * Boolean settings in the {{{plugin}}} section interprete ''any'' value as '''true''', even {{{0}}}, {{{no}}} and {{{false}}}.
 * To read the content of a file, for instance for the SSL certificate option, prefix the filename with a {{{<}}}, e.g.:
ssl_cert = </etc/ssl/certs/imap.pem

== Authentication ==
You'll probably be using [[PasswordDatabase/PAM|PAM]] authentication. See the [[PasswordDatabase/PAM|PAM]] page for how to configure it. A typical configuration with Linux would be to create `/etc/pam.d/dovecot` which contains:

auth required
account required
If you're using something else, see [[PasswordDatabase|password databases]] and [[UserDatabase|user databases]].

== Mail Location ==
You can let Dovecot do its automatic mail location detection, but if that doesn't work, you can set the location manually in `mail_location` setting. See MailLocation for more information.

== Mbox ==
Make sure that all software accessing the mboxes are using the same locking methods in the same order. The order is important to prevent deadlocking. From Dovecot's side you can change these from `mbox_read_locks` and `mbox_write_locks` settings. See MboxLocking for more information.

If you're using `/var/mail/` directory for INBOXes, you may need to set `mail_privileged_group = mail` so Dovecot can create dotlocks there.

For better performance you may want to set `mbox_very_dirty_syncs = yes` option.

== Maildir ==
For better performance you may want to set `maildir_very_dirty_syncs = yes` option.

== Client Workarounds ==
Check `imap_client_workarounds` and `pop3_client_workarounds` and see if you want to enable more of them than the defaults.

== SSL and Plaintext Authentication ==
If you intend to use SSL, set {{{ssl_cert}}} and {{{ssl_key}}} settings. Otherwise set {{{ssl = no}}}. Easiest way to get SSL certificates built is to use Dovecot's {{{doc/}}} script. See [[SSL]].

By default `disable_plaintext_auth = yes`, which means that Dovecot will fail the authentication if the client doesn't use SSL (or use [[Authentication/Mechanisms|non-plaintext authentication]]). This is recommended in most situations, since it prevents leaking passwords. However, if you don't offer SSL for some reason, you'll probably want to set `disable_plaintext_auth = no`.

== NFS ==
If you're using NFS or some other remote filesystem that's shared between multiple computers, you should read [[NFS]].

== Running ==
See RunningDovecot and [[Logging]].
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