WebFaction supports IMAP and POP mail protocols, but IMAP is recommended. By default, IMAP leaves messages stored on the mail server, allowing you to access your mail from different computers and devices, while POP typically does not. If you still want to configure your email client to use POP, please see Configuring Other Mail Clients for details.

You can use getmail to fetch mail from WebFaction’s mail servers. To configure getmail:

  1. Create a .getmail directory in your HOME directory. Enter mkdir -m 0700 $HOME/.getmail and press Enter.

  2. Open a new file, $HOME/.getmail/getmailrc, in a text editor.

  3. Add the following lines to the file:

    type = SimpleIMAPSSLRetriever
    server =
    username = mailbox_name
    port = 993
    type = Maildir
    path = maildir_path

    where mailbox_name is the name of the mailbox you configured in the WebFaction control panel and maildir_path is the location where you would like the incoming messages to be stored.


    For more information about configuring getmail, please see the getmail documentation. It contains important information about mail file formats and other settings.

  4. Save and close getmailrc.

Now, if you enter getmail and press Enter, you are prompted for your password and your mail is downloaded to the specified destination.

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