Configure DomainKeys (OpenDKIM) with Postfix on CentOS 7

OpenDKIM is method to digitally sign & verify emails on the mail servers using public & private keys. In other words opendkim implements the DKIM (DomainKeys Identified Mail) standard for signing and verifying email messages on a per-domain basis. DomainKeys are implemented to reduce the chances of outgoing mails to be marked as SPAM.

In this post we will demonstrate how to install & configure DomainKeys with postfix (MTA) on CentOS 7 , i am assuming Postfix is already installed with following domain and hostname.

Hostname =

Domain =

Step:1 Set EPEL Repository using below rpm command

OpenDKIM package is not available in the default yum repositories but available in CentOS 7 EPEL repositories.

[root@mail5 ~]# rpm -Uvh

Step:2 Install OpenDKIM Package using yum

[root@mail5 ~]# yum install -y opendkim

Step:3 Run below Command to create keys

Execute the below command to create public & private keys under folder “/etc/opendkim/keys

[root@mail5 ~]# opendkim-default-keygen
Generating default DKIM keys:
Default DKIM keys for created in /etc/opendkim/keys.
[root@mail5 ~]#
[root@mail5 ~]# cd /etc/opendkim/keys/
[root@mail5 keys]# ll
total 8
-rw-r----- 1 root opendkim 891 Nov 29 08:42 default.private
-rw-r--r-- 1 root opendkim 320 Nov 29 08:42 default.txt
[root@mail5 keys]#

default.private is the private key for the domain and default.txt is public key that we will publish in DNS record (TXT) in the domain. A Selector ( default ) is created while generating keys, a selector can be unique keyword which is associated in keys and included in DKIM signature.

Step:4 Edit the Following Files :

  • /etc/opendkim.conf —- Config file of opendkim
  • /etc/opendkim/KeyTable —- As name suggest it defines the path of private key for the domain
  • /etc/opendkim/SigningTable — This file tells OpenDKIM how to apply the keys.
  • /etc/opendkim/TrustedHosts — This file defines which hosts are allowed to use keys.

Edit the file “/etc/opendkim.conf” & set the below parameters.


Edit the KeyTable file and replace the with your domain name.

[root@mail5 ~]# cat /etc/opendkim/KeyTable
# To use this file, uncomment the #KeyTable option in /etc/opendkim.conf,
# then uncomment the following line and replace with your domain
# name, then restart OpenDKIM. Additional keys may be added on separate lines.
[root@mail5 ~]#

Edit the SigningTable file and define who will sign the outgoing mails.

[root@mail5 ~]# cat /etc/opendkim/SigningTable 
# Enables signing for any address on the listed domain(s), but will work only if
# "refile:/etc/opendkim/SigningTable" is included in /etc/opendkim.conf.
# Create additional lines for additional domains.


As i am using * in above parameter which means all the users on domain are allowed to sign the emails.

Edit the TrustedHosts file , add Server’s FQDN and domain name below localhost ip (

[root@mail5 ~]# cat /etc/opendkim/TrustedHosts 
# To use this file, uncomment the #ExternalIgnoreList and/or the #InternalHosts
# option in /etc/opendkim.conf then restart OpenDKIM. Additional hosts
# may be added on separate lines (IP addresses, hostnames, or CIDR ranges).
# The localhost IP ( should always be the first entry in this file.
[root@mail5 ~]#

Step:5 Edit Postfix Config File (/etc/postfix/

Add the below lines at end of /etc/postfix/ file.

[root@mail5 ~]# vi /etc/postfix/
smtpd_milters = inet:
non_smtpd_milters = $smtpd_milters
milter_default_action = accept

Step:6 Start OpenDKIM & postfix Service

[root@mail5 ~]# hash -r
[root@mail5 ~]# systemctl start opendkim ; systemctl enable opendkim ; systemctl restart postfix
ln -s '/usr/lib/systemd/system/opendkim.service' '/etc/systemd/system/'
[root@mail5 ~]#

Step:7 Update the TXT DNS record of your domain.

Use the output of default.txt and update the DNS Record (TXT) of the Domain.


Step:8 Send a Test email and view the logs.


Check whether email is signed or not.


Wow , Our email is signed and domainKeys configuration task is completed now.

4 Responses

  1. anibal says:

    What does “hash -r” do? and how can it be installed?
    thank you

  2. fusionstream says:

    How do you make a keygen for another domain besides whatever is returned by hostname?

    Also, how do you do this for multiple domains?

  3. Aizat says:

    After entering ‘cat /etc/opendkim/keys/default.txt’ I got a ‘DKIM key default for com’ and not my domain name at the end of the message.

    At the start when I ran the command ‘opendkim-default-keygen’, I got a message ‘Default DKIM keys for com created in /etc/opendkim/keys.’ instead of one with my domain name. There isn’t any step defined in your tutorial to change this.

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