Take the 2-minute tour ×
Web Applications Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for power users of web applications. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I just recently set up Google Apps (Standard) on my domain, and I have a catch-all e-mail address on it that I pull e-mail from locally, so I can easily receive e-mail to anything@example.com. Now I want it to work in reverse -- I want to be able to send from any arbitrary address on my domain, by just including a From: foo@example.com header with my message. Unfortunately Gmail will rewrite the header to use whichever e-mail address I authenticated as. Since foo@example.com doesn't actually exist (the incoming e-mails to it are caught by the catch-all, so there's no need to make an actual foo account), I can't authenticate as it; I have to authenticate as my catch-all address, and then the e-mail shows up as sent from that address regardless of the From header. Gmail does support adding additional valid From addresses (in Settings -> Accounts), but I don't want to do that every time I have a new whatever@example.com I want to send from. Is there a way to tell Gmail/Google Apps "I control all e-mail from example.com, as long as the from address is on that domain just leave it alone"?

share|improve this question
    
Have you tried adding a secondary domain? –  Cawas Oct 9 '10 at 20:07
    
@Cawas What do you mean? –  Michael Mrozek Oct 9 '10 at 23:17
    
    
@Cawas Ah. I haven't done that; how would it help? –  Michael Mrozek Oct 10 '10 at 20:45
    
check my answer. maybe you should re-word your question title. and sorry for being so late! (blame on SE notification system) –  Cawas Dec 20 '10 at 15:41

2 Answers 2

up vote 5 down vote accepted

No, there is no way to do this at this time.

Your only option using Gmail's interface is to add the address as a "Send mail as" address.

share|improve this answer

As far as I know it's just not yet possible to "delegate whole domain" on gmail.

But you can do it using a IMAP client such as Thunderbird:

Better multiple identity and signature management. Set up multiple "identities" in Thunderbird with email address-specific signatures, which you can't do in web-based Gmail. Hit the "Manage Identities" button in your Account Preferences dialog. The various identities you choose will be available as a dropdown in the From: field in new messages, just like in web-based Gmail. You can also create and automatically attach a vCard to your outgoing messages on a per-identity basis with T-bird, and choose to compose your messages as HTML or plain text per identity, too.


About your other unintended question that I accidentally took as the actual question before:

Is there a way to tell Gmail/Google Apps "I control all e-mail from example.com, as long as the from address is on that domain just leave it alone"?

Yes there is. Just add a domain alias!

It will behave just like you expect: it points everything from the alias to the main and makes all of them work seamlessly together.

share|improve this answer
    
I don't think this is what I'm looking for. I only have one domain, I just want to be able to send e-mail from any account on that domain regardless of the account I authenticated as. There's no second domain I need to alias –  Michael Mrozek Dec 20 '10 at 15:58
    
Oh, my bad again @Michael! Clearly I didn't understand your question before. I'll edit the answer but I can't think of anyway to do that within google apps. –  Cawas Dec 20 '10 at 16:38
    
"Let it be" doesn't work when you're trying to convince the mailing list server that you're really you. –  André Paramés May 2 '11 at 12:35
    
@Andre true. Sometimes I'm in the wrong mood to answer questions, and I don't even smoke pot! –  Cawas May 2 '11 at 15:53
1  
You can't do this with plain Thunderbird either: you still have to create all those identities before using them. The Virtual Identity addon solves that however. Shame Gmail doesn't... –  romkyns Jul 23 '11 at 21:13

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.