Install SOGo groupware on CentOS 6 with iRedMail (MySQL backend)


Install SOGo

# yum repolist | grep -i 'epel'
epel              Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux 6 - x86_64          11,109
name=Inverse SOGo Repository
# yum install sogo sope49-gdl1-mysql sogo-activesync sogo-ealarms-notify sogo-tool
# Part of file: /etc/postfix/aliases

sogo: root

Execute command to update alias db:

# postalias /etc/postfix/aliases

Create required SQL database

SOGo will store some data (e.g. user preferences, sieve rules) in SQL database, so we need to create a database for it. Please login to SQL server as root user, then execute SQL commands below:

GRANT ALL ON sogo.* TO sogo@localhost IDENTIFIED BY 'password';

GRANT SELECT ON vmail.mailbox TO sogo@localhost;

CREATE VIEW sogo.users (c_uid, c_name, c_password, c_cn, mail, domain) AS SELECT username, username, password, name, username, domain FROM vmail.mailbox WHERE enablesogo=1 AND active=1;


Configure SOGo

Default SOGo config file is /etc/sogo/sogo.conf. We have a sample config file for you, just replace MySQL username/password in this file, then it's done.

With below config file, SOGo will listen on address, port 20000.


Sample config file below may be out of date, please check the latest one in iRedMail source code repository.

    // Official SOGo documents:
    //  -
    //  -
    // Mailing list:
    //  -

    // Enable verbose logging. Reference:
    //ImapDebugEnabled = YES;
    //LDAPDebugEnabled = YES;
    //MySQL4DebugEnabled = YES;
    //PGDebugEnabled = YES;

    // Daemon address and port
    WOPort =;

    // PID file
    //WOPidFile = /var/run/sogo/sogo.log;

    // Log file
    //WOLogFile = /var/log/sogo/sogo.log;

    // IMAP connection pool.
    // Your performance will slightly increase, as you won't open a new
    // connection for every access to your IMAP server.
    // But you will get a lot of simultaneous open connections to your IMAP
    // server, so make sure he can handle them.
    // For debugging it is reasonable to turn pooling off.
    //NGImap4DisableIMAP4Pooling = NO;

    SOGoProfileURL = "mysql://sogo:password@";
    OCSFolderInfoURL = "mysql://sogo:password@";
    OCSSessionsFolderURL = "mysql://sogo:password@";
    OCSEMailAlarmsFolderURL = "mysql://sogo:password@";

    // With 3 parameters below, SOGo requires only 9 SQL tables in total
    // instead of creating 4 SQL tables for each user.
    OCSCacheFolderURL = "mysql://sogo:password@";
    OCSStoreURL = "mysql://sogo:password@";
    OCSAclURL = "mysql://sogo:password@";

    // Default language in the web interface
    SOGoLanguage = English;

    // Specify which module to show after login: Calendar, Mail, Contacts.
    SOGoLoginModule = Mail;

    // Must login with full email address
    SOGoForceExternalLoginWithEmail = YES;

    // Allow user to change full name and email address.
    SOGoMailCustomFromEnabled = YES;

    // Enable email-based alarms on events and tasks.
    SOGoEnableEMailAlarms = YES;

    // IMAP server
    //SOGoIMAPServer = "imaps://";
    // Local connection is considered as secure by Dovecot.
    SOGoIMAPServer = "imap://";

    // SMTP server
    SOGoMailingMechanism = smtp;
    SOGoSMTPServer =;
    //SOGoSMTPAuthenticationType = PLAIN;

    // Enable managesieve service
    // WARNING: Sieve scripts generated by SOGo is not compatible with Roundcube
    //          webmail, don't use sieve service in both webmails, otherwise
    //          it will be messy.
    //SOGoSieveServer = sieve://;
    //SOGoSieveScriptsEnabled = YES;
    //SOGoVacationEnabled = YES;
    //SOGoForwardEnabled = YES;

    // Memcached
    SOGoMemcachedHost =;

    SOGoTimeZone = "America/New_York";

    SOGoFirstDayOfWeek = 1;

    SOGoRefreshViewCheck = every_5_minutes;
    SOGoMailReplyPlacement = below;

    SOGoAppointmentSendEMailNotifications = YES;
    SOGoFoldersSendEMailNotifications = YES;
    SOGoACLsSendEMailNotifications = YES;

    // PostgreSQL cannot update view
    SOGoPasswordChangeEnabled = YES;

    // Authentication using SQL
    SOGoUserSources = (
            type = sql;
            id = vmail_mailbox;
            viewURL = "mysql://sogo:password@";
            canAuthenticate = YES;

            // Default algorithm used when changing passwords.
            userPasswordAlgorithm = ssha;
            prependPasswordScheme = YES;

            // Use vmail.mailbox as global address book.
            // WARNING: This will search all user accounts, not just accounts
            // under same domain as login user.
            //isAddressBook = YES;
            //displayName = "Global Address Book";

Important note: sieve rules generated by SOGo is not compatible with Roundcube webmail, so if you're running both Roundcube and SOGo, you must disable sieve support (including forwarding and vacation support) in one of them to avoid incompatible sieve rules. if you choose to run only SOGo, you can enable sieve support by removing comment mark of below lines in above configuration:

    SOGoSieveServer = sieve://;
    SOGoSieveScriptsEnabled = YES;
    SOGoVacationEnabled = YES;
    SOGoForwardEnabled = YES;

Configure web server

To access SOGo groupware (webmail/calendar/contact), we need to configure web server.

Apache web server

#ProxyPass /Microsoft-Server-ActiveSync ...
#ProxyPass /SOGo retry=0
ProxyPass /Microsoft-Server-ActiveSync \ \
    retry=60 connectiontimeout=5 timeout=360

ProxyPass /SOGo retry=0
    RequestHeader set "x-webobjects-server-port" ...
    RequestHeader set "x-webobjects-server-name" ...
    RequestHeader set "x-webobjects-server-url" ...

Replace them by below settings:

    RequestHeader set "x-webobjects-server-port" "443"
    RequestHeader set "x-webobjects-server-name" "%{HTTP_HOST}e" env=HTTP_HOST
    RequestHeader set "x-webobjects-server-url" "https://%{HTTP_HOST}e" env=HTTP_HOST
RewriteRule /SOGo(.*) https://%{HTTP_HOST}%{REQUEST_URI}

Nginx web server

If you're running Nginx web server configured by iRedMail, please open file /etc/nginx/conf.d/default.conf, add some lines in server {} configured for HTTPS:

server {
    listen 443;

    # Add lines below for SOGo
    location ~ ^/sogo { rewrite ^ https://$host/SOGo; }
    location ~ ^/SOGO { rewrite ^ https://$host/SOGo; }

    # For IOS 7
    rewrite ^/.well-known/caldav    /SOGo/dav permanent;
    rewrite ^/.well-known/carddav   /SOGo/dav permanent;
    rewrite ^/principals           /SOGo/dav permanent;

    location ^~ /SOGo {

        # forward user's IP address
        #proxy_set_header X-Real-IP $remote_addr;
        #proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-For $proxy_add_x_forwarded_for;
        #proxy_set_header Host $host;

        proxy_set_header x-webobjects-server-port 443;
        proxy_set_header x-webobjects-server-name $host;
        proxy_set_header x-webobjects-server-url $scheme://$host;

        proxy_set_header x-webobjects-server-protocol HTTP/1.0;

    location ^~ /Microsoft-Server-ActiveSync {

        proxy_connect_timeout 360;
        proxy_send_timeout 360;
        proxy_read_timeout 360;

    location ^~ /SOGo/Microsoft-Server-ActiveSync {

        proxy_connect_timeout 360;
        proxy_send_timeout 360;
        proxy_read_timeout 360;

    location /SOGo.woa/WebServerResources/ {
        alias /usr/lib64/GNUstep/SOGo/WebServerResources/;
    location /SOGo/WebServerResources/ {
        alias /usr/lib64/GNUstep/SOGo/WebServerResources/;
    location ^/SOGo/so/ControlPanel/Products/([^/]*)/Resources/(.*)$ {
        alias /usr/lib64/GNUstep/SOGo/$1.SOGo/Resources/$2;

Important note: You must replace path /usr/lib/GNUstep/SOGo with the real directory which contains SOGo files:

Start SOGo and dependent services

# service httpd restart     # <- restart 'nginx' service if you're running Nginx
# service memcached restart
# service sogod restart

Add Dovecot Master User, used for vacation message expiration

SOGo need a Dovecot Master User to cleanup vacation expiration, please follow our tutorial to add a Dovecot Master User for this purpose: Dovecot Master User.

After added a Dovecot Master User for SOGo, we must store its username and plain password in a separate file used by SOGo, we use /etc/sogo/sieve.cred here for example.

Create file /etc/sogo/sieve.cred, write Dovecot Master User in this file in format: username:password. For example:

Set strict file owner and permission:

# chown sogo:sogo /etc/sogo/sieve.cred
# chmod 0400 /etc/sogo/sieve.cred

Add required cron jobs

Please add below cron jobs for SOGo daemon user sogo. You can add them with command: crontab -l -u sogo

# 1) SOGo email reminder, should be run every minute.
# 2) SOGo session cleanup, should be run every minute.
#    Ajust the [X]Minutes parameter to suit your needs
#    Example: Sessions without activity since 30 minutes will be dropped:
*   *   *   *   *   /usr/sbin/sogo-ealarms-notify; /usr/sbin/sogo-tool expire-sessions 30

# 3) SOGo vacation messages expiration
#    The credentials file should contain the sieve admin credentials (username:passwd)
0   0   *   *   *   /usr/sbin/sogo-tool expire-autoreply -p /etc/sogo/sieve.cred

Access SOGo from web browser

Open your favourite web browser, access URL: https://[your_server]/SOGo (the word SOGo is case-sensitive), you can login with your email account credential.

Configure your mail clients or mobile devices to use CalDav/CardDAV services

Please check our documents here to configure your mail clients or mobile devices.