Mailboxes

System mailbox

Every Uberspace account gets its own mailbox in the form of $USER@$SERVER.uberspace.de. For convenience reasons you can use $USER@uber.space as well to receive mails.

Tip

If you’d like to receive mails from other people or providers use $USER@uber.space, not $USER@$SERVER.uberspace.de. The latter may not be available in future product versions.

Mailboxes

You can use mailboxes in the form of $MAILBOX@$USER.uber.space. If you have set up additional domains, $MAILBOX@$DOMAIN will also work.

Setup a new mailbox

To add a new mailbox to your Uberspace, run the uberspace mail user add command and enter your password when prompted. So to add the mailbox post, run this command:

[isabell@philae ~]$ uberspace mail user add post
Enter a password for the mailbox:
Please confirm your password:
New mailbox created for user: 'post', it will be live in a few minutes...

Tip

Nothing is shown while entering your password; that’s absolutely correct and works as intended – just enter it blindly and press Enter!

Warning

While some special characters such as ., +, -, _ are allowed in mailbox names, there are rules limiting their usage. Please make sure your mailbox name adheres to these rules.

Tip

We strongly recommend to use only ASCII characters in your password. Non-ASCII characters may work in some circumstances, but this depends on the encoding used by your client being compatible with the one used by the mail server.

Password Requirements

Your mailbox password has to comply with a set of rules:

  • A minimum length of 8 characters.
  • Not only letters.
  • Not only numbers.
  • Not prohibited by us.
  • A password score of >=4.

We prohibit the use of some passwords we deem too common (like test1234) or too easy to guess, e.g. if your mailbox name should be fn0rd, we will reject testfn0rd as a password.

In addition to the above, we also run xcvbn over you password. This results in a score for your password, based on how easy it might be guessed and / or cracked (higher results mean a better estimated password strenght). We require a password score of at least 4.

If we reject your password, we try to give you an error messages that explains why. Hopefully it will help you to choose a fitting alternative.

List existing mailboxes

You can list your existing mailboxes using the uberspace mail user list command, e.g. if you have setup mailboxes for post and info:

[isabell@philae ~]$ uberspace mail user list
info
post

Changing passwords

To change a mailbox’s password, run the uberspace mail user password command, so in order to change the password for the mailbox post, run this command:

[isabell@philae ~]$ uberspace mail user password post
Enter a password for the mailbox:
Please confirm your password:
New mailbox password set for user 'post'.

Delete a mailbox

You can delete a mailbox using the uberspace mail user del command. To delete the mailbox post, run the following command:

[isabell@philae ~]$ uberspace mail user del post
Mailbox for user 'post' deleted.

Catch-all mailbox

You can configure any existing mailbox to be the catch-all mailbox.

Tip

A catch-all mailbox will “catch all” of the emails addressed to the domains on your account that do not exist in the mail server - this can help avoid losing emails due to misspelling. Without a catch-all mailbox these mails will get rejected by the server.

[isabell@philae ~]$ uberspace mail catchall status
No catchall configured.
[isabell@philae ~]$

To set the catch-all mailbox run uberspace mail catchall set <mailbox>. In this example we make the mailbox post the catch-all mailbox:

[isabell@philae ~]$ uberspace mail catchall set post
Mails, which cannot be matched to a mailbox, will be sent to post.
[isabell@philae ~]$

To remove the catch-all run uberspace mail catchall del:

[isabell@philae ~]$ uberspace mail catchall del
No catchall configured.
[isabell@philae ~]$