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Adding DKIM records to Vercel

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So, I’ve started using Sendinblue for my transactional emails and newsletter. There’s the usual configuration to do with these services to add and configure your domain with them to show it as the sender.

I’ve documented that process of Setting up Fastmail with Vercel in the past which I was familiar with.

This time around I had to add DKIM records to my domain to get this working. I’ve not done this before so I thought I’d write a quick guide on how I did it.

Adding a domain to Sendinblue there’s several records that need adding to your DNS which they list out in a table. Sendinblue code, DKIM record and SPF record, all TXT records.

These all seemed straightforward enough to me, use the Vercel CLI to add in all the TXT records with the dns add CLI commands.

Example:

vc dns add yourdomain.com @ TXT 'sendinblue-code:valueFromSendinblue'

I add in all the TXT records with the Vercel CLI and check the the Sendinblue dashboard to see if they’re verified, I get the follwing:

Sendinblue code We need to verify your domain
Type TXT
Hostname yourdomain.com
Value sendinblue-code:valueFromSendinblue ✔️
DKIM record We need to authenticate your domain
Type TXT
Hostname mail._domainkey.yourdomain.com
Value k=rsa;p=valueFromSendinblue
SPF record We need to authenticate your domain
Type TXT
Hostname yourdomain.com
Value v=spf1 include:spf.sendinblue.com mx ~all ✔️

Fine for the hostnames that matched the apex domain (in this example that’s yourdomain.com), but when it came to the mail._domainkey.yourdomain.com hostname it wasn’t verified.

I was able to validate the TXT record had been added and propagated with DNSChecker but it wasn’t verified on the Sendinblue dashboard.

Why?

The Sendinblue dashboard was expecting all these TXT records to be added which I did. The hostname for the DKIM record I added like this:

vc dns add mail._domainkey.yourdomain.com @ TXT 'k=rsa;p=valueFromSendinblue'

I just expected the CLI to add the hostname record for me. 😅

A closer look at the output from the Vercel CLI (with the command vc dns yourdomain.com) showed that the TXT record was under the apex domain and not mail._domainkey.yourdomain.com.

So, I had to add the CNAME (Canonical Name) subdomain record for the mail._domainkey. hostname with the Vercel CLI first.

vc dns add yourdomain.com mail._domainkey CNAME yourdomain.com

That command creates the subdomain mail._domainkey on yourdomain.com and redirects it to the apex domain.

Then, (after removing the existing TXT record) I can add it again, this time for the mail._domainkey.yourdomain.com hostname.

vc dns add mail._domainkey.yourdomain.com @ TXT 'k=rsa;p=valueFromSendinblue'

Verify on DNSChecker that the TXT record has propagated and then go back to the Sendinblue dashboard and check to see if it’s verified.

Sendinblue code We need to verify your domain
Type TXT
Hostname yourdomain.com
Value sendinblue-code:valueFromSendinblue ✔️
DKIM record We need to authenticate your domain
Type TXT
Hostname mail._domainkey.yourdomain.com
Value k=rsa;p=valueFromSendinblue ✔️
SPF record We need to authenticate your domain
Type TXT
Hostname yourdomain.com
Value v=spf1 include:spf.sendinblue.com mx ~all ✔️

So, essentially there should have been some extra steps on the Sendinblue dashboard, to add a subdomain.

Speaking with support they about this, they usually always speak with users that have a dashboard of some sort. Speaking with me (using a CLI) they didn’t really have a reference point to work from, so it was guesswork on my side.

Done!

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