I've been using Zoho Mail for all my side projects. When you get a domain, they used to offer an awesome free plan to start using email.

I've started another project, but this time, when I signed up to get my email, I realised Zoho has changed their free plan, and now they don't give you access to your account through IMAP/POP.

This is why I'm trying to find an alternative to Zoho Mail, I'd appreciate any recommendation.

Basically, what I need is a service where I can get email accounts (more than 5 free if possible) with my own domain.

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    Why not gmail ?
    – Pacerier
    Apr 4, 2018 at 5:03
  • can you get emails with your own domain on gmail?
    – JV Lobo
    Apr 4, 2018 at 5:05
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    Yea sure, that's actually possible with GMail. You can import mails via POP3 and send mails from another email address. (Settings -> Accounts and Import). Though this might not be the right solution for you… May 8, 2018 at 16:12
  • Zoho still allows POP for existing free accounts, but not for new ones. I'm a little confused about IMAP since it's two-way and they seem to allow it for migration to Zoho. Nov 11, 2018 at 15:52
  • @sondra.kinsey, migration is from another IMAP to Zoho, not the other way around. So Zoho IMAP still not enabled. Jan 22, 2023 at 14:55

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Do you want to host your own email on your own domain? There are three packages I know of that seem pretty good for that:


Mailinabox is a Ubuntu based mail system, fully open source. Con: It's not systemd ready, so you need older Ubuntu systems (at least last I checked).


Docker-mailserver is a fully open source Docker based system to host email. Any system you can run docker on should be fine. Con: Initial configuration can be confusing and certain scenarios seem trickier than they should be. (Mail at mail.example.org: no problem; mail at example.org: problem.)


Free docker based mail system. Con: All of the components are open source, but the docker build method isn't. There's a paid version with more features, too. (That may be a pro or a con for some people, but not likely what you want.)

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