How to create a cPanel Email Forwarder

An email forwarder, as the name suggests, will forward all incoming emails to another address or program. There is no inbox for a forwarding account, and nothing is stored, which means in the case of spam, an email forwarder can also be used to dispose of any unwanted messages that end up cluttering your inbox.

Creating the account

In order to use the forwarding option, you have to set up the e-mail account forwarder in cPanel.

  1. Log into cPanel at yourdomain.com/cpanel
  2. Go to the Email section, then select Forwarders
  3. Click the Add Domain Forwarder button
  4. Type in the email address you wish to forward.
  5. You have several alternatives for the destination:
    1. Forward to Email Address - just get in the destination email address you want to use
    2. Discard and send out a mistake to the sender (at SMTP time) - here you can configure a message that will go back to the sender.
    3. Pipe to a Program - if you want to process the received messages with a PHP program for instance.
    4. Discard (Not Recommended) - as the name states, the message will be discarded.
  6. Click the Add Forwarder button. Once you see the green Success message, your forwarder has been produced.

Domain email forwarders

cPanel also gives you the ability to create domain email forwarders, which work on the same principle as regular email forwarders.

  1. Log into cPanel at yourdomain.com/cpanel
  2. Go to the Email section, then click on Forwarders
  3. Click the Add Domain Forwarder button
  4. Choose the Domain from the drop-down menu.
  5. Enter the desired destination domain in the box on the right.
  6. Click the Add Domain Forwarder button.
    • “All email sent out to "domain1.com" will now be copied to "domain2.com".” will appear once the forwarder has been created.


It's not necessary to have an e-mail account already made for that e-mail address to set up a forwarder. The last destination email address can exist on the regional server or on another server.


If you still have questions about cPanel email forwarders, please contact us by opening a support ticket or through our online live chat feature.

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