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Fetchmail is a full-featured, robust, well-documented remote-mail retrieval and forwarding utility intended to be used over on-demand TCP/IP links (such as SLIP or PPP connections). It supports every remote-mail protocol now in use on the Internet: POP2, POP3, RPOP, APOP, KPOP, all flavors of IMAP, ETRN, and ODMR. It can even support IPv6 and IPSEC.

Fetchmail retrieves mail from remote mail servers and forwards it via SMTP, so it can then be read by normal mail user agents such as mutt, elm or BSD Mail. It allows all your system MTA's filtering, forwarding, and aliasing facilities to work just as they would on normal mail.

Fetchmail can start automatically and silently as a system daemon at boot time. You can edit its dotfile directly, or use the interactive GUI configurator (fetchmailconf) supplied with the distribution.


User manpage available in HTML format from http://www.fetchmail.info/fetchmail-man.html; User FAQ available in HTML format from http://www.fetchmail.info/fetchmail-FAQ.html; User FAQ available in PDF format from http://www.fetchmail.info/fetchmail-FAQ.pdf;

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GPLv2orlaterJanet Casey8 April 2002

Leaders and contributors

Matthias Andree Maintainer
Eric S. Raymond Contributor

Resources and communication

Audience Resource type URI
Epkg Download https://github.com/emacsmirror/fetchmail-mode/blob/master/fetchmail-mode.el
Developer VCS Repository Webview https://gitlab.com/fetchmail/fetchmail
Bug Tracking Bug Tracking https://gitlab.com/groups/fetchmail/issues
EmacsWiki Homepage https://www.emacswiki.org/emacs/GetMailsWithFetchmail
Debian Homepage https://packages.debian.org/jessie/fetchmail
User, Developer Mailing List Subscribe https://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/fetchmail-announce
Guix Homepage https://www.gnu.org/software/guix/packages/f.html
Gentoo Homepage https://packages.gentoo.org/packages/net-mail/fetchmail
Developer Mailing List Subscribe https://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/fetchmail-devel
FreeBSD Homepage https://www.freshports.org/mail/fetchmail/
User Mailing List Subscribe https://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/fetchmail-users
NetBSD Homepage http://pkgsrc.se/mail/fetchmail
Developer Homepage http://sourceforge.net/projects/fetchmail/

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This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 13 October 2015.


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