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MailServe helps Mac users set up a totally buzzword-compliant mail server in less than a minute, the Mac Way. It sets up SMTP, POP3, IMAP and Fetchmail services, including support for SSL and SMTP authentication.

What's New

Version 4.1.4:
  • MailServe Snow now creates SSL test certs and cert requests at 2048 bits.
  • Also, MailServe Snow uses Procmail to integrate Postfix, Dovecot and SpamBayes to implement spam filtering.
  • With version 4.1.4, there is a now a new feature for setting up custom Procmail directives that will be processed before or after the default procmailrc set up for spam filtering.
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Teksestro Member IconReview+76

MailServe provides an excellent interface for configuring mail services in OS X - and it certainly does a better job at it than Apple's own Mavericks Server. Related settings are logically grouped and easily accessible, the guides are easy to follow, and several advanced features - i.e., aliases, virtual domains, etc. - are quite easy to setup. It also provides 'spam training' functionality out-of-the-box - something which in Mavericks Serve is only available with third-party add-ons.

Overall, an excellent product, and one of the VERY FEW cheap email server solutions available for OS X.

My only suggestion to the developer, is that he consider his pricing and upgrade policy, as this seems to be the biggest area of complain from most users. While $20 is not a lot to ask for a full-featured mail server (compare this pricing with Kerio or Communigate), the fact that Apple priced Mavericks Server at that price point means that inevitable comparisons will ensue - and users will feel 'short-changed'.

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Version 4.1.4
Kankei71 Member IconReview+100

This is a complete rip-off!

The app itself is not bad, but it won't work after a major system update. If you buy MailServe for 10.7 you will have to buy again the very same app for 10.8 without any additional features. Just buy it again for a new system.

I already bought it twice, won't buy it again.

Better to use a free solution, see how to enable postfix here: http://slashusr.wordpress.com/2012/02/14/enabling-postfix-for-outbound-relay-via-gmail-on-os-x-lion-11/

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Version 4.1.4
alcourt Member IconReview+6

In mail software, it is important to provide security updates regularly as the core software releases new fixes. This has not happened in the past year or two, despite my observing at least one CVE against the underlying software.

Virtual folders never could be set up correctly, even inserting stock code in the custom directives section straight from the dovecot manuals.

I contacted the author once, after over a month of waiting for a response, gave up.

While it was good software at the time, I find myself wishing I could find a better solution that used more current dovecot.

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Version 4.1.4
Qt1 Member IconReview+1

Bought this to replace an old OSX server that was running only to SMTP relay.

v 3.04 didn't have the right TLS options. Emailed Bernard who was super responsive, and even built me a new version, 3.06, which works great!

My only tiny tiny suggestion is that the Auth and TLS options are not 100% clear.

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Version 3.0.4
talazem Member IconReview+5

A great piece of software, from a true gentleman of a developer. I recently decided to try to run my own web and email servers (as well as file sharing, etc) of an older MacMini, and -- in the process of looking for true Mac-like software to help me in my crazy plan -- I came across this. However, my ignorance of these matters and lack of experience almost caused me to give up on the email server part. However, the developer was kind enough to explain some of the functionality of mail servers and of his software in a relatively lengthy email exchange, and things are up and running smoothly now!

If you're relatively new (as I am) to setting up your own mail server behind a router at home or at the office, then make sure to check out the handful of truly helpful write-ups he has on his website: "OS X and Broadband and the Airport Base Station", "Send Email Anywhere", and other very helpful writings that helped me configure my system safely and get it up and running. Thanks, Bernard!

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Version 3.0.4
Morjovy Member IconComment+6

shareware?? it has no a trial-mode. developers please, provide us with correct information. this stuff is fully commercial

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Version 3.0.4

The developer offers no trial whatsoever. You should buy it blindly and if it does not suit your needs, know your money is gone (no refund).

Bernard: "[refunds et al] ...will waste my time. The product is so cheap that the time you take from me answering your questions cost more than the cost of the product."

So expect no trials, nor too much support! Paid = gone.

a.demaid Member IconComment+1

Just paid the $15 and seen how much work has gone in. Ignore first comment about value for money - it's excellen.

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Version 3.0.4
a.demaid Member IconReview+1

Excellent software and the author answers technical queries.
Moved from Postfix Enabler in Sept. after asking "should I wait until there was a Leopard version". No answer so bought it anyway. Upgraded to Leopard in Nov. Tiger version doesn't work and there is no upgrade for recent purchasers. Hence value rating.

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Version 3.0.3
scottdb Member IconComment+18

"...totally buzzword compliant mail server"?

Um, is that a new mail protocol in Leopard?

Since when where POP, SMTP, IMAP or whatever considered "buzzwords"?

Sorry, but that has to be the dumbest description for an application that I've ever heard.

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Version 3.0.3
gryphonent Member IconReview+444

Great app... a new Leopard compatible version is available for download on the developer's site.

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Version 2.1.7
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Version 4.1.4
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Downloads 8,941
Version Downloads 2,670
Type Internet / Servers
License Updater
Date 08 Mar 2010
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price $19.99
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