I hope someone might have an idea on this. I'm running a Magento website on an Amazon Linux server (basically CentOS) with an Apache webserver. I also use Google Apps for managing mydomain.com's mail.

I was able to successfully set up the MX, SPF and DKIM records for the server and got them working, so that I receive a "Pass" for both SPF and DKIM when I send emails. However, I've run into a strange problem I can't seem to get past --- part of the headers for the emails I send always says:

Received: (from apache@localhost) by mydomain.com 

I've searched high and low for a way to change this to use "[email protected]" instead, but I just can't seem to figure it out.

Among things I've tried:

  • Changing the php.ini to say: /usr/sbin/sendmail -t -i -f [email protected]
  • Adding to mydomain.conf's virtualhost the line: ServerAdmin [email protected]
  • Setting the Return-Path to "Yes" in the Magento backend (System -> Configuration -> Advanced -> System -> Mail Sending Settings.

I'm not sure if there's anything else that might be affecting the mail sends. If anyone has an idea it would be much appreciated, thank you!

Edit: The contents of my /etc/hosts file are as follows:   www.mydomain.com   mydomain.com   localhost localhost.localdomain

Edit 2: I thought it might help if I added the headers of the email, in case that might give some clues to what might be going on (I've changed a lot of values to keep it generalized).

Delivered-To: [email protected]
Received: by with SMTP id abcdefg123456790;
        Fri, 3 Apr 2015 08:35:04 -0700 (PDT)
X-Received: by 456.456.456.456 with SMTP id asdfqwerhjkl234hjkl.789.78909876789;
        Fri, 03 Apr 2015 08:35:03 -0700 (PDT)
Return-Path: <[email protected]>
Received: from mydomain.com (ec2-11-11-111-11.amazonaws.com. [66.66.777.77])
        by mx.google.com with ESMTPS id asdkfjhkjdfha839383.105.2015.
        for <[email protected]>
        (version=TLSv1.2 cipher=ECDHE-RSA-AES128-GCM-SHA256 bits=128/128);
        Fri, 03 Apr 2015 08:35:03 -0700 (PDT)
Received-SPF: pass (google.com: domain of [email protected] designates 66.66.777.77 as permitted sender) client-ip=66.66.777.77;
Authentication-Results: mx.google.com;
       spf=pass (google.com: domain of [email protected] designates 66.66.777.77 as permitted sender) [email protected];
       dkim=pass [email protected]
Received: from mydomain.com (www.mydomain.com [])
    by mydomain.com (8.14.4/8.14.4) with ESMTP id t33FZ29p004251
    for <[email protected]>; Fri, 3 Apr 2015 15:35:02 GMT
DKIM-Signature: v=1; a=rsa-sha256; c=relaxed/simple; d=mydomain.com;
    s=default; t=fjIFDJF9049;
Received: (from apache@localhost) <----------- THIS IS WHAT I'M TRYING TO CHANGE
    by mydomain.com (8.14.4/8.14.4/Submit) id fkdjfljlfsra39393;
    Fri, 3 Apr 2015 15:35:01 GMT
Message-Id: <[email protected]>
To: =?utf-8?B?Sm9lIEdhcmNpYQ==?= <[email protected]>
Subject: =?utf-8?B?VGVzdCBOZXdzbGV0dGVyLCBwbGVhc2UgaWdub3Jl?=
X-PHP-Originating-Script: 48:Sendmail.php
From: "mydomain.com" <[email protected]>
Date: Fri, 03 Apr 2015 15:35:01 +0000
Content-Type: text/html; charset=utf-8
Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable
Content-Disposition: inline
MIME-Version: 1.0
  • you need to go to: System -> Configuration -> Advanced -> System ->Set Return-Path -> Yes or w/e email address you want it to be. Just found it today. It's ridiculous that this is not a default setting for Magento. Jul 8, 2015 at 17:29

2 Answers 2


If you are using Google Apps, I'd recommend installing SMTP Pro. It'll allow you to configure it so that email is sent from Google Apps, and not directly from your server. This will resolve your issue.


I presume your etc/hosts says the following: localhost mydomain.com 

Change it to mydomain.com localhost 
  • I decided to give this a try just now, but unfortunately the result was still the same. My file actually had a few lines of settings inside already, I'll add the contents back into my question.
    – Zero Wing
    Apr 2, 2015 at 21:13

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