SPF and DKIM question

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SPF and DKIM question

Post by brucecy92 » Wed May 27, 2020 1:17 am

Hello All,

I have been doing a lot of reading around SPF, DKIM and DMARC and i think i have digested most of the information and how all three work in the email world. However one question i couldn't find is, What will happen to an email if SPF failed and DKIM passed and vice versa? Will that email be delivered normally?

I have setup DMARC for our domain and within the reports i'm seeing some emails from google/yahoo etc passing SPF and failing DKIM and vice versa, does this mean the emails are getting delivered?


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Re: SPF and DKIM question

Post by MailEnable-Ian » Thu May 28, 2020 1:08 am


It depends on the receiving server and how strict they are. If you are passing SPF and failing DKIM I would think Google will still accept your emails. Do you get any bounce message failures? Have you tried sending to a gmail account you have access to to see if its delivered? You might want to review there sending practices guide as well to ensure you meet their standard.

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