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Fastmail Friendly With ifttt

Here’s something that you get with Fastmail that Gmail won’t let you do: forward emails without verification so that they work with services like ifttt.

I’d tried several work arounds between Gmail and ifttt to be able to email an attachment to dropbox@mydomain.com and have it redirected to triggers@ifttt.com. Even though I could set up a dropbox@mydomain.com email, Gmail would force me to verify I was allowed to forward to this address. This process entailed having a message sent to triggers@ifttt.com with a code or link I needed to click. I could set up a ifttt task to process incoming email as text documents, but the email would come from some random Google address that wouldn’t match the address my ifttt account used. I could never authenticate forwarding to triggers@ifttt.com.

With Fastmail, you don’t need to authenticate. Under Options > Define Rules > Forward, you can set up rules to redirect emails to other addresses, such as triggers@ifttt.com. Now, when I send an email with an attachment to dropbox@mydomain.com, the attached file will show up in Dropbox.

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