An E-Mail alias is simply a forwarding E-mail address. Each E-mail alias you create forwards E-mail on to any E-mail address that you specify. E-Mail aliases are often used to create handy replacements for long or difficult to remember e-mail addresses. They can also be used to create generic E-mail addresses such as and

For example, say you want to create a webmaster E-mail alias on the Virtual Private Server that automatically forwards to your local ISP E-mail account, On the Virtual Private Server, you would create an E-mail alias like this:


It's that easy! And you can create as many E-mail aliases as you want on your Virtual Private Server: there's no limit!

An alias can have multiple recipients. For example:

webmaster:, someone@YOUR-DOMAIN.NAME

If you have a long list of recipients for an alias, you can use the include option to look at a list. This also comes in handy if you need to change the list frequently, since changing the list won't require you to run newaliases. To include a list, use the following format:

listname: :include: /path/to/file

The list file is simply a text file containing one recipient's address per line.

There are a number of other things you can do with the aliases file. More information can be found in the man page:


% man aliases

Creating Aliases

Email aliases can be viewed and edited in the /etc/mail/aliases file on your VPS. The E-mail alias you create should look something like this:

alias: E-mail_address

In order for sendmail to use your aliases, you must create an /etc/mail/aliases.db file which the sendmail program can read. Run the following command from the shell on your VPS v2 as the root user.

% newaliases

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