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    Mail-in-a-box Alternatives

    Mail-in-a-box is described as 'Take back control of your email with this easy-to-deploy mail server in a box. Mail-in-a-Box turns a fresh cloud computer into a working mail server' and is a Mail Server in the Online Services category. There are more than 10 alternatives to Mail-in-a-box for a variety of platforms, including Linux, Self-Hosted solutions, Mac, BSD and Online / Web-based. The best alternative is Cloudron, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Mail-in-a-box are mailcow: dockerized (Free, Open Source), Postfix (Free, Open Source), iRedMail (Freemium, Open Source) and Exim (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Sep 23, 2021

    1. Cloudron is a complete solution for managing apps & users on your own server. Easily deploy production ready apps from the app library and keep them automatically up-to-date. It even comes with a built-in email server and web clients!.
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      Cloudron vs Mail-in-a-box opinions
      This alternative is disputed. Cloudron is still a legitimate alternative to Mail-in-a-box, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      Cloudron is not an email server solution
      Negative comment over 2 years ago

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      Not a email server solution
      Negative comment almost 2 years ago

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      it looks like a full on web control panel for hosting not e-mail specific..
      Negative comment 11 months ago

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      I didn't really realize I already had a full blown email solution when I installed Cloudron initially. Everything was already setup and ready to go!
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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    2. mailcow is a mail server suite based on Dovecot, Postfix, SOGo, Rspamd and other open source software, that provides a modern Web UI for administration.
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      Most users think mailcow: dockerized is a great alternative to Mail-in-a-box.


      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Linux
      Postfix is a mail transfer agent (MTA) that routes and delivers electronic mail. It attempts to be fast, easy to administer, and secure. The software is also known by its former names VMailer and IBM Secure Mailer.
      • FreemiumOpen Source
      • Linux
      • BSD
      • Self-Hosted
      A fully fledged, free email server solution, an open source project (GPL v2). Use official binary packages from Linux/BSD distributions, with both i386 and x86_64 support. Easy, fast deployment in LESS THAN 1 MINUTE. View YouTube Video to check how easy it is.
      Most users think iRedMail is a great alternative to Mail-in-a-box.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Linux
      Exim is a message transfer agent (MTA) developed at the University of Cambridge for use on Unix systems connected to the Internet.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Linux
      Sendmail is a general purpose internetwork email routing facility that supports many kinds of transfer and delivery methods, including the Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) used for email transport over the Internet.
    3. Modoboa is a mail hosting and management platform including a modern and simplified Web User Interface. It provides useful components such as an administration panel or a webmail.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      • Self-Hosted
      Mailu is a simple yet full-featured mail server as a set of Docker images. It is free software (both as in free beer and as in free speech), open to suggestions and external contributions.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Linux
      • BSD
      • Self-Hosted
      The Courier mail transfer agent (MTA) is an integrated mail/groupware server based on open commodity protocols, such as ESMTP, IMAP, POP3, LDAP, SSL, and HTTP. Courier provides ESMTP, IMAP, POP3, webmail, and mailing list services within a single, consistent, framework.
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    4. Full featured email server built in docker with free plan.
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