This tutorial will help you to install Dovecot on Ubuntu systems. Dovecot package provides service for POP/IMAP protocols. With these protocols, you can access emails accounts from remote clients.
Step 1 – Install Dovecot on Ubuntu
Dovecot packages are available under default Ubuntu repositories. You can install Dovecot on Ubuntu by running a single command. Open a terminal and execute below command:
sudo apt install dovecot
Step 2 – Configure Dovecot
Dovecot is a service used for providing POP/POP3s and IMAP/IMAPs protocols. POP/IMAP protocols are used for fetching emails from email accounts.
Edit dovecot configuration file and search for below lines and update as below.
# vim /etc/dovecot/dovecot.conf
protocols = imap listen = *, :: mail_location = mbox:~/mail:INBOX=/var/mail/%u
After doing changes just restart dovecot services to reload the configuration changes.
service dovecot restart
Step 3 – Verify Dovecot Setup
Test your dovecot setup by fetching emails from your email accounts using IMAP protocol. mutt is a utility to use for fetch emails.
mutt -f imap://username:password@localhost