The Mailinator FAQ
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What is Mailinator?
The Public Mailinator site is a different kind of email service. The biggest difference is that you don't need to sign up. Any email name you can think of already exists @mailinator.com and you can use any of them. Want [email protected]? You got it. Want PrettyMothra? ScaryGavyn? No problem. Those and any other mailboxes you think of @mailinator.com are created when email arrives! Really. Other differences of the Public Mailinator system include:
- All Emails automatically delete after a few hours
- You cannot SEND from Mailinator - it is a receive-only service
- All email is public. Really - very very public. All Email is readable by anyone and no one "owns" an inbox or emails.
What about a "Private Mailinator"?
Subscription plans exist where you or your team can have your own private Mailinator (using your own domain). Just like the public Mailinator you can send to and receive email at any inbox in the entire domain. Millions of inboxes at your fingertips. Additionally, you can access those emails via API or an enhanced Web UI that allows you to see the entire domains (every inbox or a wildcard subset!) in one User Interface. See our Pricing page to Request a Free Trial.
See more FAQ questions below about Team Inboxes and Private Domains.
What do Upgrades get?
Upgraded plans get API access to all public inboxes and emails. Also, some plans get a private domain and a corresponding "Team Inbox" where you or anyone on your team can view your entire domain's worth of email (again, you must own your own domain and point it at Mailinator - maybe "mytestingdomain.com" or "qateam111.com")
What are "Alternate Domains" ?
Some websites simply won't let you sign-up unless you consent to letting them spam you thereafter. As part of this, they might disallow email addresses like mailinator.com. To give you further avenues to protect your privacy, Mailinator has many other domains that also point to Mailinator. Emailing any of those is just the same (as far as mailinator is concerned) as emailing Mailinator itself. Check the front-page for some of the alternate domains.
Great! How do I sign up !?
First of all - know that you don't need to. You can access any email in any public inbox without signing up. Just type in the inbox name and go! If you choose to sign-up, you'll get your own Personal Inbox where you can save emails for later (remember, they otherwise auto-delete). You can also save your favorite Mailinator inboxes in a list so when you come back later they're just a click away.
What is "Private Domain"?
The public Mailinator system is a unique email system in that there are no password, no sign-up required, and no privacy. Anyone can read any email at all.
Wouldn't it be nice to have your own PRIVATE Mailinator?
Every possible inbox.
Private to you.
With other goodies such as private storage, our unique Team Inbox interface, and API access!
So it's like an entire Mailinator system, but just for my domain?
Yes, you can set a custom private domain. You must own this domain (e.g. xerox-qa-team.com). Follow the instructions on the settings page to point the MX record of your domain to the Mailinator servers. Again, all email sent to the private domain is readable only by your team.
Wait. Every single email in one inbox?
Yes. That's the Team Inbox ! The good news however is that your Team Inbox allows you to filter based on a specific inbox (i.e. "bob") or wildcard queries on inboxes (i.e. "test*").
Your choice - see one inbox at a time, or see thousands at once!
How do I get started?
Mailinator's upgrade plan's give you access to the Private Domain feature. Check out our Pricing page now to signup for a free trial and get going!