Configure PostMarkApp to work with SMTP on Google Cloud Engine


To use SMTP through PostMarkApp on a Google Cloud Engine the default configuration on PostMarkApps docs won’t be sufficient to get everything configured correctly due to google blocking some SMTP ports and the docs not explaining all of the necessary configuration.

You can view PostMarkApp’s docs on the subject here:

##1. Required Dependencies (From PostMarkApp’s Docs)

IMPORTANT: Make sure you have SASL authentication package installed first. It can be installed using apt-get install libsasl2-modules or yum install cyrus-sasl-plain. If not, you will see authentication errors like “SASL authentication failed; no mechanism available”.

2. Update Postfix config

Access the postfix main config here:

sudo vim /etc/postfix/

Add the following at the bottom of the config file.

#start postmarkapps settings
smtp_sasl_auth_enable = yes 
smtp_sasl_password_maps = static:secret:secret (where "secret is your API token")
smtp_sasl_security_options = noanonymous 
smtp_tls_security_level = may
smtp_tls_loglevel = 1
relayhost = []:2525
##end postmarkapp settings

Note To use with GCE you need to use port 2525 even through PostMarkApp also allows the use of port 25 or 587. Also be sure to replace ‘secret’ with the api token on either side of the ‘:’.

3. Update Duplicate Entries

Ensure there is only one relayhost config on the file. The default implementation has the following which needs to be removed or commented out.


4. Update Hostname

The service won’t work unless you update the ‘myhostname’ config to reflect your current host.

5. Restart Postfix

Once all of the configs have been set, restart postfix using the following command.

sudo /etc/init.d/postfix restart

6. You’re Done!

Test by sending an email and confiming it goes through the PostMarkApp portal.