Adding MX records to Namecheap

These instructions are for users who purchased their domain on Namecheap and would like to change their mail records (MX) so they can send and receive mail with Fastmail.

Changing your MX records is the best option for users who have a website on their domain hosted with another service. For users who do not have a website hosted at their domain, switching nameservers is usually a better option.

This guide covers three steps to setting up your domain:

  1. Add your domain to Fastmail
  2. Edit your MX records in Namecheap
  3. Signing your domain

Advanced instructions for setting up MX records can be found here.


1. Add your domain to Fastmail

We have a setup guide to help you get your domain working as quickly and easily as possible.

After you have purchased your domain from Namecheap, log in to Fastmail and go to the Settings → Domains screen.

Add your domain(s) (e.g. mydomain.com). Using the Add Domain button brings up the new domain screen. Type your domain into the text box.

If your domain has been purchased from Namecheap, we will display this on the next screen. You can also choose Namecheap from our list of supported registrars.

Follow the wizard to add your email addresses to Fastmail. To have the wizard provide you with steps to update your MX records by default, choose Yes when you are asked if you have a website.

Please note: The domain setup wizard can only set up aliases on legacy plans. If you are on a legacy plan, you will need to add users manually in order to create additional user accounts at your custom domain.

2. Edit your MX records in Namecheap

Note: We recommend making these changes at a time that you do not expect much mail to be sent to your domain

the Namecheap domain management page

Namecheap's advanced DNS page

Custom MX records in Namecheap

HostValuePriority
@ in1-smtp.messagingengine.com 10

Then click Save All Changes. When you are finished, it should look like this:

The first MX record added

HostValuePriority
@ in2-smtp.messagingengine.com 20

Click Save All Changes. When you are finished, your second record should look like this:

The second MX record added

You should now have two MX records, in1-smtp.messagingengine.com and in2-smtp.messagingengine.com.

3. Signing your domain

Your domain should now be ready to receive messages. In order to make sure your sent messages reach your recipients, there are a couple more records to add in your Namecheap account.

TypeHostValue
CNAME fm1._domainkey fm1.{mydomain.com}.dkim.fmhosted.com
CNAME fm2._domainkey fm2.{mydomain.com}.dkim.fmhosted.com
CNAME fm3._domainkey fm3.{mydomain.com}.dkim.fmhosted.com

You can leave any other CNAME records you have for your domain where they are.

When you are finished, it should look like this:

CNAMEs added to Namecheap

TypeSelectorValue
TXT @ v=spf1 include:spf.messagingengine.com ?all

When you are finished, it should look like this:

TXT record added to Namecheap

Once you have finished this step, your domain should be working with Fastmail.

To check all your settings are correct, log in to your Fastmail account and go to the Settings → Domains screen. Click Recheck DNS. Your domain should now say Active. MX records set.

Namecheap has further instructions for using their DNS configuration panel available here.