Setting up IMP Webmail

General Information

When I first set up my mail server, I was faced with a dilemma — which webmail program should I use? I started out with SquirrelMail, but I soon installed vpopmail and needed a webmail client that could support virtual users. new balance soldes So, my next stop was NuralStorm, but it lacked some features I wanted. adidas nmd UGG Bottes Pas Cher I had always heard about Horde’s webmail client, but I was always afraid of it because of it’s complexity. This guide aims to ease your mind about IMP and help you install it and get it running from a base system and an updated ports tree.


  1. Local root access on the box or be able to su to root.
  2. A SSH client that supports ANSI colors such as puTTy or SecureCRT (if you aren’t on the box).
  3. Your favorite text editor (I like nano).
  4. A working mail server.


Web server

In order for a webmail system to actually be useful, we need to install Apache and MySQL. MySQL is used to store user preferences within Horde. If you want SSL support, just follow the Apache+SSL Guide for the Apache and MySQL installation.

 # cd /usr/ports/www/apache13 # make install distclean # cd /usr/ports/databases/mysql40-server # make install distclean 

With the new packaging of php4 and its extensions, we will let Horde install php4 and the necessary extensions for us.


Now we are going to install the Horde framework and all of its dependencies. ugg classic avis bottes ugg This will install Horde, some pear stuff, and php4 with the necessary extensions. You can always add more extensions easily by installing /usr/ports/lang/php4-extensions.

 # cd /usr/ports/www/horde # make install distclean 

Once it starts configuring the php4 installation, you will have to select whether you are using apache2 and if you want to use IPv6. bottes ugg pas cher Make your selections to continue. Once you’ve decided, so go take a break, see some daylight, and let the install do its thing.


It is finally time to install the Internet Messaging Program. nike air presto This will install IMP (webmail) and Turba (addressbook).

 # cd /usr/ports/mail/imp # make install distclean 


Web server

Now that PHP is installed, we need to edit the apache config file (httpd.conf) to support PHP by adding the following lines after all the “LoadModule” lines.

 # nano -w /usr/local/etc/apache/httpd.conf AddType application/x-httpd-php .php AddType application/x-httpd-php-source .phps 

You will also need to change the ServerName flag to your domain.tld in order for apache to actually work properly. new balance pas cher You will also want to either create a virtualhost for your webmail or change the DocumentRoot as follows:

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Now that Apache is configured, let’s start the daemon and the MySQL server.

 # /usr/local/sbin/apachectl start # /usr/local/etc/rc.d/ start 


By default, MySQL’s root user comes with a blank password. This is not safe to keep so we need to set a password for the root user. Soldes Louboutin You will want to login to MySQL, then set the password, and finally exit like this:

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In order for Horde to interact with MySQL, we need to first construct the database structure for it. chaussure nike pour homme Fortunately, the Horde package gave us the script for it. adidas yeezy boost We’d better edit it first to set the username and password for Horde to use.

 # cd /usr/local/www/horde/scripts/db # nano -w mysql_create.sql REPLACE INTO user (host, user, password) VALUES ( 'localhost', 'horde', -- IMPORTANT: Change this password! PASSWORD('horde') ); 

Got that username and password changed? Good. Adidas Zx pas cher ugg bottes Now let’s feed the script into MySQL.

 # mysql -u root -p < mysql_create.sql 


Horde installs itself in /usr/local/www/horde/ and all additional programs get installed recursively. Such as, IMP gets installed in /usr/local/www/horde/imp/ and so on.

Now it is time to take a look into the configuration files of Horde.

 # cd /usr/local/www/horde/config 

You will see there are a few files that you could edit. But, you only need to edit horde.php as it contains the connection information. For example, you edit your MySQL connection information here and how you want your users to authenticate when logging it - whether imap, ftp, smb, etc. nike air presto Feel free to look at the other files and tune them if you would like. I cannot go into great depth of each file and setting, especially since the config files are well documented.


 # cd /usr/local/www/horde/config 

This is the directory you should get comfortable with because there is more to change in these files than in horde's config directory. timberland soldes You need to set the config for your server types that you want to connect to in servers.php. chaussure nike pas cher You need to go through conf.php to configure how you want your mail handled. For instance, you can append a trailer to every outbound e-mail. You can also restrict users to login to one server and protocol, or you can leave it open for them to select. cheap ffxiv Items nike air max tn You can choose to have Horde log in the MySQL database, or log in /var/log/horde.log. ugg chaussons botte ugg pas cher By editing motd.php, you can put up your own message on the login screen.

After editing the config files, you should now have your webmail system installed and working. Point your favorite broswer to http://domain.tld/ and you should be faced with a login screen. If you are unable to log in, check your config files to make sure they are connecting to the right server. nike air max flyknit ultra 2.0 You can also view the Horde System Capabilities Test page at http://domain.tld/horde/imp/test.php and try to log in. nike air max 2012 It should either be a success or display the error.

Now that your webmail is working, you can add additional components to it as IMP is only one program for the Horde framework.

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