Bind Postfix Mail Server To Localhost or Specific IP Address Only

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Q. How do I bind Postfix MTA to specific IP address such as or

A. Postfix allows you to listen on a particular IP address. By default MTA will list on all network interfaces and loopback. You need to setup inet_interfaces parameter. You need Postfix version 2.2 and later to use this feature. The parameter also controls delivery of mail to user@[ip.address].


Postfix IP address bind configuration

Open /etc/postfix/ file:
# vi /etc/postfix/
Append / modify line as follows to bind to localhost ( only:
inet_interfaces =
If you need to bind to and, enter:
inet_interfaces =,
Save and close the file. You need to stop and start Postfix when this parameter changes. So type the following to restart Postfix:
# /etc/init.d/postfix restart
Verify that everything is working fine:
# netstat -tulpn | grep 25
# tail -f /var/log/maillog


Posted by: Vivek Gite

The author is the creator of nixCraft and a seasoned sysadmin, DevOps engineer, and a trainer for the Linux operating system/Unix shell scripting. Get the latest tutorials on SysAdmin, Linux/Unix and open source topics via RSS/XML feed or weekly email newsletter.

2 comment

  1. OK.
    But what about this :

    OPenVPN client is active and a new tap0 interface has been created.

    Even if you have specified the parameters in, your Postfix will not receive nor send any email…

    How to fix this ?

  2. Thank you for the great explanation. I would like to segragate my email domains, can you give you an expand on this a bit further and explain how you bind 1 unique ip address to 10 domains in Postfix, rather than 1 ip’d domain with 9 virtual addresses?

    Thank you in advance for any tips.

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