Our service was founded in 2017

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Why did we create this?

We are the only open-source, free, and privacy-first email forwarding service.

About Forward Email

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Forward Email is a free and open-source email forwarding service focused on a user's right to privacy, and was launched in November 2017. It is powered by Node.js and operates using the DNS, HTTPS, and SMTP protocols. The service offers unlimited custom domain names, unlimited email addresses and aliases, unlimited disposable email addresses, spam and phishing protection, and other features. Paid plans are offered for "Enhanced Privacy Protection", whereas the email alias configuration is hidden from the public.


We launched in November 2017 after an initial release.

In April 2018 Cloudflare launched their privacy-first consumer DNS service, and we switched from using OpenDNS to Cloudflare for handling DNS lookups.

In October 2018, we allowed users to "Send Mail As" with Gmail and Outlook.

In May 2019, we released v2, which was a major rewrite from the initial versions and focused on performance through the use of Node.js's streams.

In February 2020, we released the Enhanced Privacy Protection plan. This plan allows users to switch off setting public DNS record entries with their email forwarding configuration aliases. Through this plan, a user's email alias information is hidden from being publicly searchable over the Internet. We also released a feature to enable or disable specific aliases while still allowing them to appear as a valid email address and return a successful SMTP status code, but the emails will be immediately discarded (similar to piping output from a process to /dev/null).

In April 2020, we released our initial alpha version of Spam Scanner after hitting countless roadblocks with existing spam-detection solutions and because none of these solutions (Rspamd and SpamAssassin) honored (our) privacy policy". Spam Scanner is a completely free and open-source anti-spam filtering solution which uses a Naive Bayes spam filtering approach in combination with anti-phishing and IDN homograph attack protection. We also released a feature to allow two-factor authentication (2FA) using a one-time password (OTP) for enhanced account security.

In May 2020, we allowed custom port forwarding as workaround for users to circumvent port blocking by their ISP. We also released our Free Email Forwarding RESTful API, with complete documentation and real-time request and response examples. We also released support for webhooks.

In August 2020, we added support for the Authenticated Received Chain ("ARC") email authentication system.

On November 23, 2020 we publicly launched out of our beta program.