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Move vmail volume

If you want to use another folder for the vmail-volume, you can create an docker-compose.override.yml file and add:

version: '2.1'
      type: none
      device: /data/mailcow/vmail
      o: bind

Moving an existing vmail folder:

  • Locate the current vmail folder by its "Mountpoint" attribute: docker volume inspect mailcowdockerized_vmail-vol-1
        "CreatedAt": "2019-06-16T22:08:34+02:00",
        "Driver": "local",
        "Labels": {
            "com.docker.compose.project": "mailcowdockerized",
            "com.docker.compose.version": "1.23.2",
            "com.docker.compose.volume": "vmail-vol-1"
        "Mountpoint": "/var/lib/docker/volumes/mailcowdockerized_vmail-vol-1/_data",
        "Name": "mailcowdockerized_vmail-vol-1",
        "Options": null,
        "Scope": "local"
  • Copy the content of the Mountpoint folder to the new location (e.g. /data/mailcow/vmail) using cp -a, rsync -a or a similar non strcuture breaking copy command
  • Stop mailcow by executing docker-compose down from within your mailcow root folder (e.g. /opt/mailcow-dockerized)
  • Create the file docker-compose.override.yml, edit the device path accordingly
  • Delete the current vmail folder: docker volume rm mailcowdockerized_vmail-vol-1
  • Start mailcow by executing docker-compose up -d from within your mailcow root folder (e.g. /opt/mailcow-dockerized)