Porkbun Email Client Setup – Gmail

So, you’ve claimed your shiny new domain via Porkbun and you want a custom email address at that domain… and you’d like to able to send/receive from/to that address via Gmail? This guide will step you through that process.

Looking for another email client? Check our other email client setup tutorials.

Step One: Configure Porkbun Email Address

Begin by logging into Porkbun. Open up your Porkbun email settings from the domain management console by clicking on the envelope icon next to the domain you’d like to set up in Gmail.


The next screen, Email Hosting and Forwarding, will appear differently depending on whether you’ve already set up a Porkbun email address. If you’ve already created a Porkbun email address, skip ahead to the section below, “Verifying Your Porkbun Settings.”

If you haven’t yet set up an address, the screen will look like this:


Click the “Setup Porkbun Email” button.

On the next screen, type in the email address you’d like for your domain, and input a password for that email address. Don’t forget it! We’ll need it when we’re configuring Gmail.


Click “Create Email Address” to complete the process.

Verifying your Porkbun settings

If you’ve set up an address, the screen will look like this:


Take a moment to verify the email address listed under “Current Accounts” is the one you want to access via Gmail. Also, note the green box that contains a cheat sheet of the various settings you’ll need to configure in Gmail. We’ll go over those settings in depth in the next section.

Step Two: Configure Gmail Settings

Next we need to open the Gmail settings. To do this, open Gmail in another tab and click on the gear in upper right hand corner. Select “Settings” from the drop down menu.


Click the Gmail gear to open up the Gmail settings.


Once the settings window opens, select the “Accounts” tab and click on the “Add a POP3 mail account you own” or “Add a mail account” link in the “Check mail from other accounts” section.


Enter your new email address:

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Add your POP server settings:

These must be entered EXACTLY as shown on your Porkbun email client configuration settings. Gmail will initially show incorrect settings and you will need to fix them.

  1. Username is your full email address (not just the username).
  2. Password is the password you entered for that email account.
  3. Pop server should be pop.porkbun.com.
  4. Port should be 995.
  5. The “Always use a secure connection when retrieving mail.” checkbox should be selected.
  6. Depending on your personal preference you can choose to leave a copy of email on server, label incoming messages or archive incoming messages instead of sending them to your inbox. Leaving these boxes unchecked is probably preferred.
  7. Click the “Add Account” button.

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Select the option that allows you to send mail as your new address:

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Enter your name:

Provide the name of the owner of this email address. This is what will show when email is sent from this address. “Treat as an alias.” should already be checked, if not you should probably check it.

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Now enter your Porkbun SMTP settings:

Again, these need to be entered EXACTLY as shown on your Porkbun email client configuration settings page.

  1. SMTP server should be smtp.porkbun.com.
  2. Port should be 587.
  3. Username is once again the full email address.
  4. Password is again the password you set up for this email account.
  5. “Secured connection using TLS” needs to be checked.
  6. Click the “Add Account” button.

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Confirm your address:

Google will send a confirmation email to your new address. The confirmation email should appear in your Gmail inbox immediately. If not, you can check for it using the Porkbun webmail client or from the Gmail account you are currently setting up, since we already configured Gmail to check for mail using POP. When you have it, enter your confirmation code or click the provided link to complete the process.

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Step Three: Optional Settings

Under “When replying to a message” you may want to select “Reply from the same address the message was sent to” so that replies to emails sent to your new address will come from it. You can also make your new address your default, so that sending email will automatically default from this new address.


Step Four: Sending Email From Your New Address

Now when you compose an email from within Gmail there will be a drop down in the “From” section. Your new email address should be in the drop down; selecting the new address will send the message from it.



If you have any questions, please feel free to contact support.

3 Responses

  1. Adam April 21, 2016 / 4:10 pm

    Nicely written tutorial Owen. Should help people setup a nice custom email address with their current Gmail accounts. 🙂

  2. BorbingoBoy July 10, 2016 / 10:26 am

    Password selected for email? I am not sure if the steps work for forwarders, but I can’t make it work.

  3. Gina Warthen August 16, 2016 / 7:52 pm

    This worked! very easy to understand. Thank you

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