IMAP is the protocol of choice for accessing email from other clients, such as desktop software and mobile apps.
Setting up your email client to connect to your account on this server should be straightforward. In virtually all clients, you simply select "add account". They will typically ask you if you wish to use POP3 or IMAP. POP3 is terrible. POP3 is so terrible, I did not even bother adding server support for it. Use IMAP.
Once you specify IMAP, the client will ask you for some values, which are specified below; note that not all clients ask for all options.
The form assumes your username is
alice and your password is
Replace these values with your actual username and password.
If you attempt to log into my server with these example credentials, she will laugh at you.
- Email Address
- IMAP Server/Host
- IMAP Server Username/Login
- IMAP Server Password
- IMAP Server Port (you should not need to set this; I use the default port so leave this blank if it is optional)
- Require SSL/TLS?
- SMTP Server/Host
- SMTP Server Username/Login
- SMTP Server Password
- SMTP Server Port (you should not need to set this either)
- Encryption Method
If you get an error
Many clients assume that your username is the same as your email address.
Your username is
Try clicking/tapping "advanced setup" if that option is presented at any point.
Mozilla Thunderbird example configuration
1. Account info
3. Hosts and ports