The easiest (and cheapest) way I’ve found to receive email sent to domains that I own is to set up a receipt rule set in AWS Simple Email Service and having all emails written to an S3 bucket. Here is a good guide for this setup.
As I use Gmail I don’t often need to view emails sent to my own domains, but sometimes it’s required. For example when you need to validate your domain ownership through AWS ACM.
So here is an easy way to list and read through all emails in an S3 bucket using the Mutt CLI email client.
Start by installing Mutt:
Setting up a mailbox
Mutt requires a certain directory structure when you’re creating a new mailbox. Namely that the
new directories exist within it. Messages start off in the
new directory before they are read by an email client and placed in
tmp is where emails are stored that are still being processed (this one isn’t important to us but Mutt still requires that it exist).
Downloading and reading emails
Using the AWS CLI we’ll download all of the emails from the S3 bucket into the mailbox’s
Launch Mutt and pass the
-f flag to specify the location of our new mailbox
Now in Mutt you can scroll through all of the messages with even (very) basic rendering of HTML emails!