Code Quality Rank: L5
Programming language: Python
License: MIT License
Tags: Email     Communication systems     Mail Transfer Agents     Communications     Mail Transport Agents    
Latest version: v4.1.1

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API Documentation and Manual


The python-slimta project is a Python library offering the building blocks necessary to create a full-featured MTA. Most MTAs must be configured, but an MTA built with python-slimta is coded. An MTA built with python-slimta can incorporate any protocol or policy, custom or built-in. An MTA built with python-slimta can integrate with other Python libraries and take advantage of Python's great community.

The python-slimta project is released under the MIT License. It is tested for Python 2.7+ or 3.6+.

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Getting Started

Use a virtualenv to get started developing against python-slimta:

$ cd python-slimta/
$ virtualenv .venv
$ source .venv/bin/activate
(.venv)$ python setup.py develop

To run the suite of unit tests included with slimta:

(.venv)$ pip install -r test/requirements.txt
(.venv)$ py.test

Running the Example

The example in [examples/slimta-mail.py](examples/slimta-mail.py) provides a fully functional mail server for inbound and outbound email. To avoid needing to run as superuser, the example uses ports 1025, 1465 and 1587 instead.

It needs several things to run:

  • An activated virtualenv as created above in Getting Started.

  • A TLS certificate and key file. The easiest way to generate one:

openssl req -x509 -nodes -subj '/CN=localhost' -newkey rsa:1024 -keyout cert.pem -out cert.pem
  • A populated [examples/site_data.py](examples/site_data.py) config file.

Check out the in-line documentation with --help, and then run:

(.venv)$ ./slimta-mail.py

Manually or with a mail client, you should now be able to deliver messages. On port 1025, messages will go to unique files in the current directory. On port 1587, messages will be delivered to others using MX records! To try out a TLS connection:

$ openssl s_client -host localhost -port 1587 -starttls smtp


If you want to fix a bug or make a change, follow the fork pull request model. We've had quite a few awesome contributors over the years, and are always open to more.

Special thanks to JocelynDelalande for extensive work bringing Python 3 compatibility to the project!

*Note that all licence references and agreements mentioned in the Slimta README section above are relevant to that project's source code only.