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easily execute commands from Dovecot's libexec_dir


doveadm [-Dv] exec binary [binary arguments]


This command allows administrators and local users to simply execute commands from within libexec_dir. So for example a logged in system user could start a pre-authenticated imap session, using the command: doveadm exec imap. An administrator would use the command: doveadm exec imap -u username.


Global doveadm(1) options:


Enables verbosity and debug messages.

-o setting=value

Overrides the configuration setting from /etc/dovecot/dovecot.conf and from the userdb with the given value. In order to override multiple settings, the -o option may be specified multiple times.


Enables verbosity, including progress counter.



the name of an executable located in /usr/libexec/dovecot.

binary arguments

options and arguments, which will be passed through to the binary.


This example demonstrates how to deliver a message from a file to a user's mailbox.

doveadm exec dovecot-lda -d \
-f < ~/stuff/welcome.msg

Reporting Bugs

Report bugs, including doveconf -n output, to the Dovecot Mailing List <>. Information about reporting bugs is available at:

See Also

doveadm(1), dovecot-lda(1)

Referenced By


2013-08-05 Dovecot v2.3