I use my own domain for email, so that I can use multiple email addresses when shopping online, subscribing, etc.

These are all redirected to Gmail.

I have created some addresses under that domain for use when sending in Gmail.

What I would like to do is send mail without the need to register each address separately, or create a new email address in "Google Apps for your domain".

Is there a method to register the whole domain with Gmail so that I can send email in this way without needing to verify a new address?

[Original answers suggested Google Apps for your domain. I didn't known about this, and I think it will be useful for me, but it doesn't obviously allow this feature.]


Yes - use Google Apps for Your Domain.

It's free for up to 50 users.

Free GAFYD (as provided by Tobbe below)

UPDATE This answer is no longer valid if you don't already have a Google Apps account. Google Apps is no longer free for new signups!! (Thanks to asalamon74 for the update)

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  • Are you sure you can only have 50 free users? I used it a 2 years ago and have more than 100 accounts. – itsaboutcode Jul 8 '10 at 7:13
  • They keep decreasing it for new registrations. I still have 100, so old accounts remain as are. – Recep Jul 8 '10 at 8:17
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    The free version is google.com/apps/intl/en/group/index.html as posted by Tobbe. I am setting this up now and will see whether it does what I want. – itj Jul 8 '10 at 10:44
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    You can setup a catch all address in Google Apps for receiving email sent to a non-existent address, but you would need to do something to send from them via Google Apps. Sending from a different client might work though depending on the mail server you are sending through. – Craig Jul 8 '10 at 17:53
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    It's no longer free for new signups. – asalamon74 Dec 8 '12 at 6:59

You can also just add "+foo" and "+bar" to distinguish your normal gmail address for each site. They will all go to your normal gmail address. For instance, if your name is bob@gmail.com, you can use "bob+amazon@gmail.com" and "bob+facebook@gmail.com", and so on.

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  • -1 you cannot send FROM those addresses which is part of the OP's requirement – Shevek Jul 8 '10 at 7:39
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    @Shevek: Yes you can, by setting them up as additional From addresses under Settings > Accounts. It's not ideal, but it is possible – me_and Jul 8 '10 at 8:28
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    You can do this, but there are many websites that you then can't use that email because they declare the format is invalid. (I just mention this because that's how I used to track where the spam was coming from) – hometoast Jul 8 '10 at 17:32
  • see my answer below to use "minus addressing" instead of "plus addressing" (which is often not supported...) – Josh Newman Jul 8 '10 at 19:40

In the time since this question was asked, the free "Google Apps for your Domain" program has been discontinued. The current program costs $5 per month per user, or $10 per year per user. I still recommend this for my clients.

There does exist a workaround for having a free single address at a custom domain, using Google App Engine. This workaround is less intuitive and less flexible, but it works for those who insist on free Gmail-based webmail for a single email address.

The workaround is based on the fact that Google Apps Engine accounts also function as email addresses, and each Apps Engine account gets a single user for free. I discovered this workaround from this Google Groups forum post. Just sign up for Google App Engine, add your domain, and configure the single free account with an email address.

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