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OpenDMARC is an open source implementation of the Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting and Conformance (DMARC) specification.

DMARC is a policy for mail transfer, which is already supported by some common mail providers. It depends on Sender Policy Framework and DKIM. DMARC provides a policy for outgoing mail and checks incoming mails for compliance with that policy. The policy is published via a DNS TXT record. It is explained in #DMARC Record. Validation is done in a daemon. For more info see RFC 7489.


Install the opendmarc package.


Main configuration file is /etc/opendmarc/opendmarc.conf

Change the following options:

Socket                  unix:/run/opendmarc/opendmarc.sock

Add the socket directory and set its credentials to be accessible to the STMP server user (likely postfix or mail:

# mkdir /run/opendmarc
# chown opendmarc:postfix /run/opendmarc

To have this socket directory created automatically, create the following file /etc/tmpfiles.d/opendmarc.conf:

 D /run/opendmarc 0750 opendmarc postfix

To run the opendmarc.service as the SMTP server user (default is opendmarc:mail) create /etc/systemd/system/opendmarc.service.d/override.conf:

Note: If you want to run your DMARC-Validator on a different machine, you should change the Socket field to inet:9999@ with a sample host listening at port 9999 for an optional client (can be omitted, listens on then).

Postfix integration

Add the following lines to

non_smtpd_milters   = unix:/run/opendkim/opendkim.sock, unix:/run/opendmarc/opendmarc.sock
smtpd_milters       = unix:/run/opendkim/opendkim.sock, unix:/run/opendmarc/opendmarc.sock

Make sure that the DMARC milter is declared after the DKIM milter.

DMARC Record

To enable DMARC for your website, you have to add a new TXT record to your websites DNS server. An example subdomain record like this: TXT v=DMARC1; p=quarantine; pct=20; adkim=s; aspf=r; fo=1;;;

DMARC options in detail

Tag name Purpose Sample
v Protocol version v=DMARC1
pct Percentage of messages subjected to filtering pct=20
ruf Reporting URI for forensic reports
rua Reporting URI of aggregate reports
p Policy for organizational domain p=quarantine
sp Policy for subdomains of the sp=reject
adkim Alignment mode for DKIM adkim=s
aspf Alignment mode for SPF aspf=r
fo Forensic report options fo=1
rf Reporting format. either afrf or iodef rf=afrf
ri Reporting interval of aggregate reports. Often disregarded ri=86400

The alignment modes for DKIM and SPF can be:

  • "s" for strict
  • "r" for relaxed

where the latter allows a subdomain in the "From" header while the former does not.

The domain policy (p) and subdomain policy (sp) might be one of:

  • "none" (for monitor mode)
  • "quarantine"
  • "reject"

The forensic report options are:

  • "0" to generate reports if all underlying authentication mechanisms fail to produce a DMARC pass result
  • "1" to generate reports if any mechanisms fail
  • "d" to generate report if the DKIM signature failed to verify
  • "s" if SPF failed.