How to configure postfix virtual domains

I will assume that your postfix configuration directory is /etc/postfix and your postfix version is around 2.0.14

1. Edit /etc/postfix/virtual This is a plaintext file where you can specify the domains and users to accept mail for. Each virtual domain should begin with a single line containing the domain name. The subsequent lines define addresses at the domain that are deliverable. Mail will be delivered to local usernames on the right side, as demonstrated in the example below. The condition @domain allows you to deliver “all other” mail to the indicated user. You can list multiple domains in this file; just repeat the format demonstrated below.		this-text-is-ignored	postmaster	destuser1	destuser2		destuser1

2. Edit /etc/postfix/

You have to tell postfix where to look for these virtual alias mappings; the appropriate configuration directive is in the main postfix configuration file. This tells postfix to use the db-format (hash) version of your virtual mappings. Note that your system must have db support for this to work; also, the actual db file is not created until you run ‘postmap’ in step 3.

virtual_alias_maps = hash:/etc/postfix/virtual

3. Refresh configuration and mappings

Since you’ve changed, you should restart the daemon. The second command below updates the virtual mappings; you must run this ‘postmap’ command when you change your /etc/postfix/virtual file. The ‘postmap’ command actually creates the hash db file that postfix looks for.

postfix reload
postmap /etc/postfix/virtual

Now try delivering mail to virtual domain addresses. If you encounter problems, check your mailer daemon system log and make sure your server configuration has been refreshed with ‘postfix reload’ and the ‘postmap’ commands.