I am trying to forward emails that are fetched with fetchmail to another SMTP host, which enforces STARTTLS. I could not find a way to enable TLS in fetchmail. Is this possible at all? If so, how?

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It does not appear that fetchmail supports TLS to the SMTP server. This is normally not a problem, as it usually delivers emails locally.

You can work around this by delivering to a local SMTP server and have it handle the delivery. If your don't need or want a full service server like exim4 or postfix, you can use a light-weight relay like esmtp or 'msmtp` to deliver the mail.

  • Actually your recommendation is what I did. I used msmtp to forward the mail. It's a nice tool and supports TLS.
    – Arne
    Commented Aug 16, 2014 at 21:08

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