Install and Config PowerMTA (PMTA)

PowerMTA package includes the following files:

    PowerMTA-3.5r16-201012281936.i586.rpm

    PowerMTA-3.5r16-201012281926.x86_64.rpm

    powermta_3.5r16-201012281937_i386.deb

    pmtad_linux64

    pmtad_linux32

    license.linux64

    license.linux32

Installation Instruction

1. Add user group

    groupadd pmta

2. Install PowerMTA on 64-bit Linux server

    rpm -Uvh PowerMTA-3.5r16-201012281926.x86_64.rpm

It display the following message:

    PowerMTA has been installed.  Please review the configuration

    (in /etc/pmta/config) to ensure it fits your needs.

    The PowerMTA User's Guide is available on file:/usr/share/doc/pmta/UsersGuide.pdf.

                        *** WARNING ***

    The SMTP TCP port is already in use by other software on this

    system.  Installation will continue, but in order to be able to

    start up PowerMTA you will need to stop the other software

    or reconfigure PowerMTA to use an alternative port.  See the

    manual section about startup problems for more information.

                        *** WARNING ***

    Thank you for choosing PowerMTA.

    This software requires a license to run.  To obtain a license key,

    please contact Port25 at or call +1.410.750.7687

    during office hours, U.S. Eastern Time.

    If you already received a license key from Port25, please save it

    as /etc/pmta/license before starting PowerMTA.

which means the installation is successful.

3. Copy license file and daemon file pmtad

    cp license.linux64 /etc/pmta/license

    cp pmtad_linux64 /usr/sbin/pmtad

4. Start pmta service

/etc/rc.d/init.d/pmta start
or
service pmta start

   Stop pmta service

/etc/rc.d/init.d/pmta stop
or
service pmta stop

If the service fails to start, use parameter –debug to check.

    /usr/sbin/pmtad –debug

5. Modify pmta config to allow access config file via browser.

    vi /etc/pmta/config

Find http-access and add:

    http-access 21.34.56.78 admin

21.34.56.78 is your own IP address.

Restart pmta service

    service pmta start

Now you can access config file via:http://mpta.mydomain.com:8080/editConfig

Note: You don't need to restart pmta after updating the config file in browser.

6. PowerMTA log file is /var/log/pmta/log

If you have any problem during the installation, please check the log file.

7. Maximum open file descriptors

Linux default open file limit is 1024. You need to increase this value for PMTA.

check current connections:

    ulimit -n

To increase the limit, open file:

    vi /etc/security/limits.conf

add the following lines at the end:

    * soft nofile 65535

    * hard nofile 65535

This post partially translated from PowerMTA安装教程完整版

45 thoughts on “Install and Config PowerMTA (PMTA)

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  • Saturday October 31st, 2015 at 01:04
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    please kit install powermta repositores.

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    • Wednesday October 5th, 2016 at 03:02
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      PowerMTA won’t start as I am getting Insufficient process resources.

      Added below line to /etc/security/limits.conf

      * soft nofile 65535

      * hard nofile 65535
      Still I am unable to start the PowerMTA

      Any help would be appreciated.

      Thanks.

      Reply
  • Saturday October 31st, 2015 at 02:17
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    I want download pmta linux smtp server configuration.
    please help me.

    So, i request any person help me.

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  • Thursday December 17th, 2015 at 03:47
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    I m new with pmta
    my pmta is working fine but
    service pmtahttp is not starting I dont know why

    please help me on this

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    • Tuesday January 5th, 2016 at 15:28
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      Your question is not clear. What’s not working?

      Reply
  • Wednesday January 13th, 2016 at 20:22
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    Hi, i want to know the price of PMTA Standard Licence, not Enterprise, thank you!

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  • Tuesday February 2nd, 2016 at 15:03
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    I use services from Postmastery.com. They are Port25 solutions partner for PowerMTA implementation projects.

    I also use their IP Reputation Monitor and PowerMTA Delivery monitoring frontend tool.

    It might be helpful.

    Reply
  • Tuesday February 23rd, 2016 at 12:07
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    Hello, how are you, it is very good your product, explain very well how to install the PowerMta.

    I have a problem and wanted to see if you can help me, I installed the PowerMta in Centos 6 Cpanel, the problem is that after a few days the PowerMta stop sending emails to the outside, it’s like that ip is blocked, and every one days have to be placing the stop command /etc/init.d/iptables, with that the PowerMta starts sending emails denuevo abroad, with that fixes the problem for a few days, but then it happens again.

    You know how I can do to fix the problem ?, there anything I can configure on the server or on the firewall so that it does not happen again ?, because they do not know why this is happening, if I prune help thank you, hope your prompt answer.

    Regards.

    Nicolas.

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  • Friday April 29th, 2016 at 21:34
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    Hi Jack Huang !

    1 . This is crack powermta !!

    2 . I want setup-mail-server-in-centOS-6

    3 . How do I download powermta 4

    Thnk you .

    Reply
  • Monday May 16th, 2016 at 08:15
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    Hi

    I want to setup PMTA

    How can you help me with that.

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  • Saturday May 28th, 2016 at 16:21
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    Hello

    I have a list of emails you want to block in the PowerMTA like a blacklist

    I do not know how to do.

    Can you help me ?

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    • Sunday May 29th, 2016 at 22:10
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      Hi Ricardo, I would use the client software (Interspire, oempro or phplist) to check the blacklist before sending email to PMTA.

      Reply
  • Thursday June 2nd, 2016 at 00:11
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    Hello.

    I think you did not understand my question.

    I have a list of e-mails from people and domains you do not want to receive e-mail.

    Before using PowerMTA I configured the lock that list in postfix as the following command: smtpd_sender_restrictions check_recipient_access = hash: /etc/postfix/listblock

    My question is if there is a command that I can set in the config: /etc/pmta/config that blocks this list.

    Thank You

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    • Tuesday August 2nd, 2016 at 13:31
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      Do you want to block Sender or Recipient? Your postfix config doesn’t look right. It should be

      smtpd_sender_restrictions = 
        check_sender_access hash:/etc/postfix/sender_access

      … or …

      smtpd_recipient_restrictions = 
        check_recipient_access hash:/etc/postfix/recipient_access

      To block Recipient domain in PMTA, try

      relay-domain bounces.yourdomain.com
      relay-domain otherdomain.com
      relay-address bounce@bounces.yourdomain.com
      <domain bounces.yourdomain.com>
      type discard
      </domain>
      <domain otherdomain.com>
      type discard
      </domain>
      Reply
  • Friday August 12th, 2016 at 05:35
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    Hi,

    I need someone to help me install pmta for me on 5 different servers every month, if you can help please provide me with your email so we can talk about the pricing.

    Thanks.

    Reply
    • Saturday August 13th, 2016 at 15:08
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      Hi Ryan,
      No, I don’t provide this service. Thanks for visiting my blog.

      Reply
    • Wednesday February 22nd, 2017 at 09:14
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      add me on Skype, Ryan.

      I can help you out. My skype ID is imkennytan

      Reply
  • Wednesday November 16th, 2016 at 07:15
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    HI,
    I install powermta. I work with interspire and try to send some test from Mta Manager and MTA manager show that email was sent but i never received that mail. And when i try to check in vr/log/PmtLog i see this errors:
    failed,5.0.0 (undefined status),smtp;550 Please turn on SMTP Authentication in your mail client.
    i have use powermta for multi domains. in my config file this is what i have for each domain:

    max-msg-rate 134/h

    route mydomain,com:2525

    password Yh7kj88H
    source {mydomain.com-auth}

    smtp-service yes
    always-allow-relaying yes
    require-auth true
    process-x-virtual-mta yes
    default-virtual-mta mydomain.com-vmta
    remove-received-headers true
    add-received-header false
    hide-message-source true

    So i have authentication. But intead of this i receive errors to any mails in log .

    Reply
  • Friday November 18th, 2016 at 05:54
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    Hi Jack

    I installed PowerMTA 4 all is working fine but monitoring page (http:// website :port) is not working. I am working on Centos6.

    Please help.

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  • Thursday January 19th, 2017 at 21:41
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    Hi Jack

    Your blog was very helpful.
    I have a question about the max outbound connections, when I executed “pmta show status” it list that the maximum outbound connections is 3. Is this value dependent on the license I am using?

    Rye

    Reply
  • Wednesday January 25th, 2017 at 02:30
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    Can i know how do i change 1000 mails per hour which is configured default during installation to 10000 where do i change this config….

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  • Wednesday January 25th, 2017 at 07:39
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    I have installed PowerMTA and its running also web monitor running on default port….
    please instruct me for smtp configuration .i cant understand next steps

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  • Friday February 24th, 2017 at 00:14
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    hi

    Not able to access web from 8080 port when i start the service
    Starting PowerMTA web monitor: [FAILED]

    and now logs are generating

    Reply
  • Thursday April 27th, 2017 at 08:14
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    Hello My friend how are you!!
    I’m new to pmta and I have setup this powerfull mta on my server vps ,I have a also Cpanel and whm with exim server deactivated but I don’t know why pmta seems working ,I can see In /Out however no email can be sent at all,could you plz help me on that

    Reply
  • Friday May 26th, 2017 at 14:25
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    No package to download, is there any link to download PMTA??

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  • Friday June 23rd, 2017 at 11:36
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    PowerMTA is great mail transfer agent (MTA) app but its pricing is quite high to be affordable by Small and Medium level email sender there are many PowerMTA alternatives which offers similar features and yet very affordable.

    We do provide affordable yet quality email marketing servers and can even help to setup on premise email marketing system.
    Try https://emailpostal.com

    Reply
  • Monday August 14th, 2017 at 04:07
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    Hi Sir,
    I had configured PMTA as per your details. everything is working fine. i decide to add dkim key file, created from port25 and the key file was added in
    /etc/pmta/domain-key/asdfdf.something.com.pem. but when i insert the dkim identity line into http://asdfdf.something.com:19988/editConfig like

    smtp-source-host 123.21.21.45 something.com
    domain-key asdfdf,something.com,/etc/pmta/domain-key/asdfdf.something.com.pem

    its shows an “Error: cannot add new file “/etc/pmta/domain-key/asdfdf.something.com.pem” to configuration for security reasons.”

    please give me a solution to add dkim identity line from pmta monitoring page.

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    • Friday September 1st, 2017 at 12:04
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      Are you able to add dkim identity line from the command line?

      Reply
  • Sunday September 24th, 2017 at 10:48
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    having this error

    root@NextGripping-VM:~# rpm -Uvh PowerMTA-3.5r16-201012281926.x86_64.rpm
    rpm: RPM should not be used directly install RPM packages, use Alien instead!
    rpm: However assuming you know what you are doing…
    error: open of PowerMTA-3.5r16-201012281926.x86_64.rpm failed: No such file or directory
    root@NextGripping-VM:~#

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    • Wednesday September 27th, 2017 at 07:04
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      Quoted from superuser.com:
      Linux Mint, being a Debian derivative, has a debdb instead of a rpmdb. Hence you must use dpkg/apt and not rpm/yum for the system to properly recognize the package.

      Reply
      • Sunday October 1st, 2017 at 13:06
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        which linux server is best suitable for it. centos, debian or redhat

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  • Wednesday September 27th, 2017 at 07:05
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    How to set outgoing emails for domains to 4 emails per minute?

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    • Tuesday October 3rd, 2017 at 15:12
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      <domain gmail.com>
      max-msg-rate 4/min
      </domain>
      

      or

      <domain *>
      max-msg-rate 4/m
      </domain>
      
      Reply
      • Thursday October 5th, 2017 at 12:30
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        Thank you soo much

        Reply
  • Monday October 2nd, 2017 at 08:07
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    Hello, Please, i have installed and setup power MTA in my server and all is working well, thank you.

    But i have a probleme with receiving emails from others, when i setup postfix i can receive them, but when i stop it and start powerMTA i can not receive anything.

    Can you help in that please

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    • Tuesday October 3rd, 2017 at 15:21
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      add following lines to the beginning of config file.

      relay-domain mydomain.com
      <domain mydomain.com>
          type pipe
          command "/usr/bin/procmail-wrapper -o -a mydomain.com -d mydomain.com"
      </domain>
      
      Reply
  • Monday October 23rd, 2017 at 11:43
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    For Email Marketing solution, checkout Nextehost.com
    They offer Unlimited Email with SMTP and free installation of PowerMTA 4.5r8

    Reply

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