How to enable port 465 (smtps) in postfix mailserver

More and more internet access providers are closing port 25 to reduce spam except for connections to their own mailservers. If you run your own mailserver and have problems to connect to it on port 25, you can enable port 465 (smtps) in postfix as a workaround. Edit the /etc/postfix/ file:

vi /etc/postfix/

and remove the # in front of the smtps line. Example for Debain 5, change the line:

#smtps     inet  n       -       -       -       -       smtpd


smtps     inet  n       -       -       -       -       smtpd

and restart postfix:

/etc/init.d/postfix restart


8 thoughts on “How to enable port 465 (smtps) in postfix mailserver”

  1. Postfix documentation directs use of ‘postfix reload’ to re-read configuration files including

    The following is an excerpt from the description of the stop command in the postfix man page.

    “Note: in order to refresh the Postfix mail system after a configuration change, do not use the start and stop commands in succession. Use the reload command instead.”

  2. @monkey

    For openSUSE you need to change the smtps become 465, it will look like

    465 inet n – n – – smtpd

    I use it and it runs flawlessly

  3. Regarding medwinz comment on OpenSuSE. This could also be corrected by adding smtps as a proper service in /etc/services.

    The reason for this discrepancy is that formally the smtps does not have an officially recognized port by IANA. Port 465 is (surprisingly) only officially a port for IGMPv3 which is a daemon used in conjunction with multicast services. Since it is very rare to run multicast on the same server as a mail server it is usually safe to allocate 465 for smtps.

  4. Bei der Anleitung fehlt etwas:

    die Zeilen unter

    smtps inet n – – – – smtpd


    -o smtpd_tls_wrappermode=yes
    -o smtpd_sasl_auth_enable=yes
    -o smtpd_client_restrictions=permit_sasl_authenticated,reject

    müssen ebenfalls vom * befreit werden.

  5. thanks Till, you have most helpful with this little tutorial… We just had to open port 465 in ISPConfig and it worked fine.

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