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How to Enable SPF for MailChimp

To set up your SPF record with MailChimp or edit your current SPF record to include MailChimp, follow the steps below:

  1. Visit the Domains page under Account Settings in your MailChimp account
  2. Click on the authenticate your domain link
  3. A confirmation email will be sent to a valid email address hosted at the domain you have asked to verify
  4. Go to your email account and open the email and click on the confirmation link to verify the domain

Now head back to the Domains page, again, in your MailChimp account.

  1. The verified email domain should be displayed with an Authenticate button, please click the button
  2. A modal will pop up and display two (2) DNS records.
    1. If you already have an existing SPF record for the domain you will want to copy the value
    2. If you do NOT have an SPF record for the domain, you will want to copy the entire value

You will now need to login to your DNS Hosting Provider so you can edit or add a SPF record. Once logged in:

  • If you have an existing SPF record, follow the instructions below to update an existing SPF record with multiple mail servers.
    • In your existing SPF record, you will append
    • For example, if your existing record looked like v=spf1; mx; ip4:; you would add the above include as follows v=spf1; mx; ip4:;;
  • If you do not have an SPF record, Create a new TXT record with the following values:
    • In the Name/Host/Alias field, enter @ or leave blank (other DNS records might indicate which one you need)
    • In the Time to Live (TTL) field, enter 3600 or leave the default
    • In the Value/Answer/Destination field, enter: v=spf1 ~all and Save the TXT record

How to Enable DKIM for MailChimp


To set up your DKIM record with MailChimp or edit your current DKIM record to include MailChimp, follow the steps below:

How to Set Up/Modify DKIM for MailChimp

  1. Verify your domain on the Domains page in the Account Settings section of your Mailchimp account.
  2. In a pop-up modal MailChimp will provide the information that is needed to be configured into the DNS 

If you require assistance on this DKIM signing process please contact MxToolbox Support.

DKIM/SPF Setup Highlights

The below sections highlight notable characteristics of setting up DKIM and SPF for this provider as well as highlighting advanced settings if offered by this Outbound Email Source.


SPF Include Tag Required

This outbound email provider uses an include mechanism to add this provider's IP space to your SPF. To get fully set up with SPF for this provider, you will need to take the provided “include” domain and add it to your SPF record. An example of an SPF record without an include tag is compared to one with the tag added below (the include tags added are denoted in bold).


Initial SPF Record:

HOST TEXT v=spf1 ~all


SPF record include added:

HOST TEXT v=spf1 ~all



Supports DKIM Signing

Yes, this outbound email provider supports DKIM signing.

DKIM Setup via CNAME

This specific email provider relies on a CNAME record (or multiple records) for DKIM set up. Below is an example a typical  CNAME Record for setting up DKIM. The HOST section will typically contain a unique name followed by the domain name you are creating the record for (In the below "s1.domainkey" is the unique name followed by the domain of "". The ADDRESS section will outline where mail receivers should look for a DKIM record for the domain. Both of these values are typically auto generated when you setup DKIM via an outbound email source.



No Custom DKIM records

This outbound email provider does not allow for any modification to the DKIM records they have provided to you.

DKIM Setup Process: Self-Service Dashboard

This email provider offers a self-service dashboard where DKIM records will be setup for the account. To get DKIM setup for this provider you will login to your account at this provider and proceed to the DKIM setup area.