Default Address (Catch-all Email Address) Tutorial

Learn how to configure what happens with all unrouted email messages

The default or catch-all address is the one to which all e-mails, addressed to a non-available or mistakenly entered email account at your domain name are routed to. In case someone sends an email to and you do not have such mailbox, the catch-all option will forward this email to your default email address.

How to Set/Change a Default Email Address Detailed Tutorial

To access the default address menu, click on the Default Address tool on the main screen of your cPanel interface.

From the drop-down menu select the (sub)domain for which you would like to set up a default address. Now you have several options.

  • You can forward all unrouted mail to an email address; in this case, you should type in the address in the field.
  • You can discard all unrouted mail with an error to the senders; in this case you should type in the message which will be sent to the senders.
  • From the Advanced Options section you can discard all unrouted mail, pipe it to a program or forward it to the system account.

Click Change to apply your settings.