Using SquirrelMail with 1and1
I can think of three things I really want from my email: it should be easy to use, fast, and private. SquirrelMail gets me pretty close to those goals. It just got better today with the release of version 1.4.10. Somewhere between the last version I last installed and this one they've added support for multiple identities - that is to say that you can have more than one return address. If you want to set it up on a site you host at 1and1, there's an FAQ at 1and1 on how to do exactly that. Unfortunately they haven't updated it since they changed their outgoing (SMTP) mailservers to require authentication. I got the hint because it's mentioned for other email clients. Since SquirrelMail is really just an IMAP email client written in PHP, the same rules apply. What worked for me was this change in SquirrelMail's config/config.php: $smtp_auth_mech = 'login'; The default was none. So overall all you need to change in the default config file to make SquirrelMail work with mail at 1and1 are the $domain, $smtpServerAddress ( and $imapServerAddress ( The other interesting thing is that since SquirrelMail is just an email client, you don't have to run it on your 1and1 web server to get your 1and1 mail. If you have a home server or one hosted somewhere else, you could use the same configuration file and SquirrelMail will go get your mail just like any other client would. Depending on how you use your mail you might find this a little more convenient and possibly faster than using your web server.
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I just recently had a problem using SquirrelMail with 1and1, even using the login auth method for smtp. (This is with running SquirrelMail directly on their server.)

I was able to change it to use sendmail instead of SMTP. The appropriate config.php settings are:

$useSendmail = true;
$sendmail_path = '/usr/sbin/sendmail';
$sendmail_args = '-i -t';

i'm out of town but would like to use squirrel mail to check my work messages but don't know how to go about doing it. i downloaded the program but now what? sorry, new to computers.


Hi Sue, SquirrelMail probably isn't what you need for your situation. You might be more interested in a client like Thunderbird or Outlook. You'd have to set it up with information from your company though. SquirrelMail might be able to do what you want but it's designed to get access to email through a website.

Hope this helps.

i use 1&1. which plugin do i download for squirrelmail to change my email password?

Interesting question blondi. There are plugins for changing some kinds of passwords through Squirrelmail but none of those will plug in directly to a 1and1 shared hosting account. Shared hosting is what most people, including me at present, use. The passwords for email addresses on shared hosting are changed through the 1and1 admin side of things and I don't think they expose a normal method for handling this.

If you have a VPS or dedicated server then maybe you could use one of the existing SquirrelMail plugins or hack one to work, but I can't say for sure.

that's what i was afraid of. i guess i'll revert back to their slow webmail service :(