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How To Install PostfixAdmin on Debian 12

Install PostfixAdmin on Debian 12

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install PostfixAdmin on Debian 12. PostfixAdmin is a web-based interface that simplifies the management of Postfix mail servers. It provides a user-friendly platform for administrators to manage email addresses, domains, and aliases.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of PostfixAdmin on a Debian 12 (Bookworm).


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Debian 12 (Bookworm).
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • An active internet connection. You’ll need an internet connection to download the necessary packages and dependencies for PostfixAdmin.
  • Has a LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) stack installed. You will also need a domain name with an MX record pointing to your server’s IP address.
  • A user account with sudo privileges to execute administrative commands.

Install PostfixAdmin on Debian 12 Bookworm

Step 1. Ensure that your system is up to date with the latest security patches and software releases by running:

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Step 2. Installing Postfix on Debian 12.

Postfix, a robust Mail Transfer Agent (MTA), facilitates email delivery. Install it using:

sudo apt install postfix

During installation, select “Internet Site” and input your domain name when prompted.

Next, modify /etc/postfix/ to integrate with Dovecot for SASL authentication:

smtpd_sasl_type = dovecot
smtpd_sasl_path = private/auth

 Save and close the file, then restart Postfix to apply the changes:

sudo systemctl reload postfix

Step 3. Installing Dovecot.

Dovecot serves as the IMAP/POP3 server. Install it with:

sudo apt install dovecot-core dovecot-imapd dovecot-pop3d

Next, configure Dovecot to communicate with Postfix by editing /etc/dovecot/conf.d/10-master.conf and adding:

service auth {
  unix_listener /var/spool/postfix/private/auth {
    mode = 0660
    user = postfix
    group = postfix

 Restart Dovecot to apply the new configuration:

sudo systemctl restart dovecot

Step 4. Installing PostfixAdmin on Debian 12.

Fetch the latest PostfixAdmin version from its official repository:


Extract and move the contents to a web-accessible directory.

tar xvf postfixadmin-3.3.13.tar.gz
sudo mv postfixadmin-3.3.13/ /var/www/html/postfixadmin

Assign the correct permissions to the PostfixAdmin directory:

sudo chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/html/postfixadmin

Next, create a configuration file, config.local.php, within the PostfixAdmin directory. Specify your database settings and admin setup password here.

Log into MySQL and create a database and user for PostfixAdmin:

CREATE DATABASE postfixadmin;
GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON postfixadmin.* TO 'postfixadmin'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'password';

Then, edit config.local.php to include your database connection details:

$CONF['database_type'] = 'mysqli';
$CONF['database_user'] = 'postfixadmin';
$CONF['database_password'] = 'password';
$CONF['database_name'] = 'postfixadmin';

Step 5. Configuring Apache for PostfixAdmin.

Create a virtual host file for Apache, enabling access to PostfixAdmin via a web browser. Don’t forget to enable the site and reload Apache.

sudo nano /etc/apache2/sites-available/postfixadmin.conf

Add the following configuration:

<VirtualHost *:80>
    DocumentRoot /var/www/html/postfixadmin

    <Directory /var/www/html/postfixadmin>
        AllowOverride All

Enable the site and reload Apache:

sudo a2ensite postfixadmin.conf
sudo systemctl reload apache2

Step 6. Accessing the PostfixAdmin Web Setup.

Navigate to to initiate the web-based setup. Create the admin account following the on-screen instructions.

Congratulations! You have successfully installed PostfixAdmin. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the latest version of PostfixAdmin on Debian 12 Bookworm. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official PostfixAdmin website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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