Redirect all sent emails to one address.
On a development laptop, I wanted all email generated by a website running locally to get redirected to my own email address. Postfix is automatically loaded on Mac OS X (it doesn’t officially run until invoked by a program, so you won’t see it in the Activity Monitor). It took a lot of Googling to sort this out, and it’s not very hard, so here it is. There are two parts. One, is to catch all emails and redirect them. The second part is to configure postfix to use an SMTP relay for actually sending the messages. I use http://sendgrid.com/, and the relay instructions below are tuned speficially for them. Your config could differ if you use a different SMTP provider, but at the very least you can follow the first part of these instructions to capture emails to prevent accidental spam from your local machine.
Capture all emails to prevent accidental spam
/etc/postfix/main.cf and add
canonical_maps = regexp:/etc/postfix/canonical-redirect`
/etc/postfix/canonical-redirect and enter the address you want all emails sent to.
or, if you’re not setting up SMTP relay below, change
email@example.com to your username on your Mac, which will deliver mail to your local account (I’m not sure how you’d read it though, so that’s why I also set up the SMTP relay business).
From the command line, execute
sudo postmap /etc/postfix/canonical-redirect . This command will create the file
/etc/postfix/canonical-redirect.db which postfix will find automatically. Just in case, also execute
sudo postfix reload although you’ll probably get an error message that postfix isn’t running (which is OK, but if it was, this would be needed to pick up the changes to main.cf).
Setup SMTP relay with Sendgrid
Sendgrid documents this here. The following is what works for me. Add the following to
smtp_sasl_auth_enable = yes smtp_sasl_password_maps = static:your_sendgrid_username:your_sendgrid_password smtp_sasl_security_options = noanonymous smtp_tls_security_level = may smtp_use_tls = yes header_size_limit = 4096000 relayhost = smtp.sendgrid.net:587
sudo postfix reload from the terminal just in case. You can test things with the following from the command line
echo "testing the message body" | mail -s "test the subject" firstname.lastname@example.org and you can check the log file to see what postfix thinks about it
cat /var/log/mail.log in case you didn’t receive it in your inbox.