Setup OpenDKIM

apt-get install opendkim opendkim-tools

Configure OpenDKIM:

Let’s start with the main configuration file:

^_^[]# vim /etc/opendkim.conf
ExternalIgnoreList refile:/etc/opendkim/TrustedHosts
InternalHosts refile:/etc/opendkim/TrustedHosts
KeyTable refile:/etc/opendkim/KeyTable
SigningTable refile:/etc/opendkim/SigningTable
SOCKET inet:8891@localhost

Next OpenDKIM defaults file:

^_^[]# vim /etc/default/opendkim

Configure Postfix:

^_^[]# vim /etc/postfix/

# OpenDKIM
milter_default_action = accept
milter_protocol = 2
smtpd_milters = inet:localhost:8891
non_smtpd_milters = inet:localhost:8891

Specify trusted hosts:

We will use this file to define both ExternalIgnoreList and InternalHosts, messages originating from these hosts, domains and IP addresses will be trusted and signed.

Because our main configuration file declares TrustedHosts as a regular expression file (refile), we can use wildcard patters, * means that messages coming from’s subdomains will be trusted too, not just the ones sent from the root domain.

Customize and add the following lines to the newly created file. Multiple domains can be specified, do not edit the first two lines:

^_^[]# vim /etc/opendkim/TrustedHosts


Create a key table:

A key table contains each selector/domain pair and the path to their private key. Any alphanumeric string can be used as a selector, in this example mail is used and it’s not necessary to change it.

^_^[]# vim /etc/opendkim/KeyTable


Create a signing table:

This file is used for declaring the domains/email addresses and their selectors.

^_^[]# vim /etc/opendkim/SigningTable

# *
# *

Generate the public and private keys:

Create a directory structure that will hold the trusted hosts, key tables, signing tables and crypto keys:

^_^[]# mkdir -p /etc/opendkim/keys/
^_^[]# cd /etc/opendkim/keys/
^_^[]# opendkim-genkey -s mail -d

-s specifies the selector and -d the domain, this command will create two files, mail.private is our private key and mail.txt contains the public key.

Change the owner of the private key to opendkim:

^_^[]# chown opendkim:opendkim mail.private

Add the public key to the domain’s DNS records

^_^[]# cat mail.txt

Copy that key and add a TXT record to your domain’s DNS entries:


Please note that the DNS changes may take a couple of hours to propagate.

Restart Postfix and OpenDKIM:

^_^[]# service postfix restart
^_^[]# service opendkim restart

Testing DKIM setup for correctness:

Anything we do, especially for the first time, must end with successful testing!
There are many tools for testing. Some of them are mentioned below.

Verify DNS Records for OpenDKIM Setup

dig TXT
;; ANSWER SECTION: 86400 IN TXT "v=DKIM1\;" "k=rsa\;" "t=y\;" "p=MIGfMA0GCSqGSIb3DQEBAQUAA4GNADCBiQKBgQC5N3lnvvrYgPCRSoqn+awTpE+iGYcKBPpo8HHbcFfCIIV10Hwo4PhCoGZSaKVHOjDm4yefKXhQjM7iKzEPuBatE7O47hAx1CJpNuIdLxhILSbEmbMxJrJAG0HZVn8z6EAoOHZNaPHmK2h4UUrjOG8zA5BHfzJf7tGwI+K619fFUwIDAQAB"

Webbase tool:
Use selector mail and domain there.

Verify OpenDKIM Signing:

The configuration can be tested by sending an empty email to or and a reply will be received. If everything works correctly you should see DKIM check: pass under Summary of Results.

Summary of Results
SPF check: pass
DomainKeys check: neutral
DKIM check: pass
Sender-ID check: pass
SpamAssassin check: ham

Alternatively, you can send a message to a Gmail address that you control, view the received email’s headers in your Gmail inbox, dkim=pass should be present in the Authentication-Results header field.

spf=pass ( domain of designates --- as permitted sender);

Test using swaks

apt-get install swaks
swaks -t -f

Test using

Better choice will be to use a service like which gives you a temporary email ID and web-interface to see what happens to the email on receiving end!

For WordPress, its better to test using Check Email plugin as you will get a better picture of what happens to mail sent from WordPress!

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