Docker compose requirements
You should make sure that your hardware (virtual or physical) is compatible with the latest Linux kernel. Also, you should have at least 2GB of total memory and 1GB of free memory when running Mailu.
Pick a distribution
The mail server runs as a set of Docker containers. It is thus almost agnostic of the underlying operating system as long as a fairly recent Linux kernel is running and the Docker API (>= 1.11) is available.
Because most of our tests run on Debian Jessie and Debian Stretch, we recommend one of these for the base system. Mailu should however be able to run on any of the officially supported distributions.
For the purpose of this guide, all examples are based on Debian Stretch. The differences with other system will hardly be noticeable however.
Install the distribution
First, install Debian Stretch from the netinstall CD image. When installing, make sure that you either:
setup a root ext4 partition,
or setup a root btrfs partition,
or leave enough unpartitionned space for a dedicated ext4 or btrfs partition.
If you chose to create a dedicated partition, simply mount it to
/var/lib/docker. You could also create a separate partition (ext4 is a
sane default) and mount it to
/mailu for storing e-mail data.
Docker supports AUFS over ext4 and btrfs as stable storage drivers. Other filesystems are supported such as OverlayFS. If you know what you are doing, you should go for it.
Mailu uses Docker port forwarding from the host to make services
available to external users. First, your host should have a public IP address
/etc/network/interfaces) or your router should
forward connections to its internal IP address. Due to spam problems and
reputation services, it
is highly recommended that you use a dedicated IP address for your mail server
and that you have a dedicated hostname with forward and reverse DNS entries
for this IP address.
Also, your host must not listen on ports
995 as these are used by Mailu
services. Therefore, you should disable or uninstall any program that is
listening on these ports (or have them listen on a different port). For
instance, on a default Debian install:
apt-get autoremove --purge exim4 exim4-base
Finally, Docker relies heavily on
iptables for port forwardings. You
iptables-persistent (or any equivalent tool on other
systems) for managing persistent rules. If you were brave enough to switch to
nftables, you will have to rollback until official support is released
by Docker or setup your own rulesets.
Mailu relies on some of the latest Docker features. Therefore, you should install Docker from the official repositories instead of your distribution ones.
The Docker website is full of detailed instructions about setting up a proper Docker install. Default configuration should be suited for Mailu.
Additionally, you must install
docker-compose by following the instructions
from the Docker website if you plan on using the CompComposesoe flavor. Compose is a
management tool for Docker, especially suited for multiple containers systems
Once everything is setup, you should be able to run the following commands (exact version numbers do not matter):
$ docker version Client: Version: 1.11.2 API version: 1.23 Go version: go1.6.2 Git commit: b9f10c9 Built: Sun Jun 5 23:17:55 2016 OS/Arch: linux/amd64 Server: Version: 1.11.1 API version: 1.23 Go version: go1.6.2 Git commit: 5604cbe Built: Mon May 2 00:06:51 2016 OS/Arch: linux/amd64 $ docker-compose version docker-compose version 1.7.1, build 6c29830 docker-py version: 1.8.1 CPython version: 3.5.1 OpenSSL version: OpenSSL 1.0.2h 3 May 2016