Aurora documentation

Installing from RPM package


You can download AfterLogic Aurora from download page, or run the following command in command prompt of the system you deploy the package on:


You will need to extract the package:

unzip ./

The file you get from archive will have a name like Afterlogic-Aurora-7.1.1-solr.x86_64.rpm, we'll use that name in subsequent examples, it might vary between releases but the instructions still apply.

Checking prerequisites

First of all, make sure you're running 64-bit edition of CentOS Linux 7.*. While the product might run on other Linux distributions, that's not guaranteed, you'll be doing that at your own risk. 32-bit systems are not supported.

Since the product includes mailserver components, it's important to make sure you don't have any other mail server software running. To confirm that standard ports used by SMTP, POP3 and IMAP protocols are not taken, you can run the following commands, in any order:

telnet localhost 25
telnet localhost 110
telnet localhost 143

Getting "Connection refused" message means things are fine and you can proceed. But if you get a response from some mail server (Postfix, Dovecot, Courier, Exim, etc.) you will need to uninstall it first. For example, if you get response from Postfix on port 25, remove it as follows:

yum remove postfix

Due to the above reasons, the product is entirely incompatible with hosting
control panels like cPanel or Plesk, as those have their own mailing services.

Note that even though Aurora has its own web server, presense of Apache listening to port 80 is not an issue, as Aurora uses different port 8100.

Installing the package

Before setting up the product, you might want to install its dependencies:

yum install wget spamassassin lsof bzip2 libjpeg-turbo libpng ntpdate compat-db47 libXpm

Then you can install the package itself:

rpm -ivh Afterlogic-Aurora-7.1.1-solr.x86_64.rpm

There is an alternative way, which doesn't require installing dependencies manually, and the installation can be done using a single command:

yum install Afterlogic-Aurora-7.1.1-solr.x86_64.rpm

In this case, output is less verbose though.


Once the installation is completed, you might want to check that mail services are actually running, by checking access with telnet on ports 25, 110 and 143 as shown previously. If services couldn't start for some reason, e.g. due to some port blocked, you can restart services using the following command:

/etc/init.d/afterlogic.rc restart

To log into adminpanel, use your system IP address or domain name, with 8100 port specified and adminpanel directory name appended, for example and use mailadm/12345 credentials.

The first thing to do once you log into adminpanel is to enter your license key. Until that's done, no other features will be unlocked in adminpanel.

Once the license key is in place, you should be able to add domains, create user accounts, modify interface settings and configuration options, etc.

It's strongly recommended to run Update Tables tool in Database Settings screen of AdminPanel before adding domains, users etc.

Hostname setup

By default, Exim SMTP server has localhost set for hostname and for IP address, be sure to set actual hostname there to prevent from treating outgoing mail as spam by recipients' servers, actual IP needs to be supplied as well for server to work.

To do that, set primary_hostname and interface parameters in /opt/afterlogic/etc/exim.cnf file. You can find detailed information on this here.

After modifying the configuration files, restart services as shown above.