Deploying Roundcube Webmail Client with Docker: A Step-by-Step Guide

Elevate your email experience with Roundcube Webmail deployed effortlessly using Docker. Simplify your inbox management and enjoy a sleek, user-friendly interface.

Deploying Roundcube Webmail Client with Docker: A Step-by-Step Guide

If you don't have a self-managed mail server, you can refer to my previous post:

Use Docker-MailServer to Build Self-hosted Mail Server
Advanced but detailed instruction for self-hosted mail server

If you've set up a self-hosted mail server using docker-mailserver, you've taken a significant step towards controlling your email environment. Now, let's enhance the user experience by deploying Roundcube Webmail Client as the client side. This blog post will guide you through the process, complete with a sample docker-compose.yml file and essential configuration/environment variables.

Sample docker-compose.yml Configuration:

version: '3.8'

    image: roundcube/roundcubemail:latest
    container_name: roundcubemail
    restart: unless-stopped
      - ./www:/var/www/html
      - ./db/sqlite:/var/roundcube/db
      - ROUNDCUBEMAIL_SKIN=elastic
      # Add other necessary environment variables

Configuration/Environment Variables:

  • ROUNDCUBEMAIL_DEFAULT_HOST: Hostname of the IMAP server.
  • ROUNDCUBEMAIL_DEFAULT_PORT: IMAP port number (default: 143).
  • ROUNDCUBEMAIL_SMTP_SERVER: Hostname of the SMTP server.
  • ROUNDCUBEMAIL_SMTP_PORT: SMTP port number (default: 587).
  • ROUNDCUBEMAIL_SKIN: Configures the default theme (default: larry).
  • ROUNDCUBEMAIL_DB_TYPE: Database provider (options: mysql, pgsql, sqlite).

Connecting to a Database:

To run Roundcube with a MySQL database, set the necessary environment variables. For example:

docker run --link=mysql:mysql -d roundcube/roundcubemail

Persistent Data:

Ensure data persistence by mounting the following directories:

  • /var/www/html: Roundcube installation directory.
  • /var/roundcube/config: Additional config files.
  • /var/roundcube/db: Storage location of the SQLite database.

By following this guide, you'll have a fully functional Roundcube Webmail Client seamlessly integrated with your self-hosted mail server. Happy emailing!

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