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Can I use only SPF and DMARC, without DKIM?
Can I use only SPF and DMARC, without DKIM?

Suggestion on why SPF should be used along with DKIM to improve email deliverability.

Ivan Kovachev avatar
Written by Ivan Kovachev
Updated over a week ago

Yes you can use only SPF with DMARC, however this greatly reduces deliverability.

DMARC relies on (aligned) authenticated identifiers from both SPF and DKIM, if one fails but the other passes then DMARC will pass. Using both SPF and DKIM increases the chances of emails being delivered. Further SPF does not survive forwarding of emails which means that DMARC will always fail if only SPF is used and the email is forwarded. Therefore DKIM should also be implemented as it survives forwarding and DMARC will pass. 

Most email providers support both SPF and DKIM and there should be no reason why only one should be used.

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