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"Nail' is a MIME-capable mail user agent derived from Berkeley Mail 8.1. It is a free implementation of the 'mailx' command and has a similar interface. Nail can send and receive attachments and code and decode international character strings. With appropriate support, it can convert between different character encodings. When used with a UTF-8 terminal, it supports nearly all international languages. It also supports external converter programs. 'Nail' also supports SMTP to send messages directly to a remote server (so a local sendmail interface setup is not necessary). It supports POP3 to read messages on a remove server. Nail can read and delete individual messages, so POP3 accounts can be accessed almost like local mail folders.


User manpage included and available in HTML format from


Download version 11.25 (stable)
released on 29 July 2005



LicenseVerified byVerified onNotes
BSD AdClauseJanet Casey28 June 2004

Leaders and contributors

Gunnar Ritter Maintainer

Resources and communication

Audience Resource type URI
Bug Tracking,Developer,Support E-mail

Software prerequisites

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 29 July 2005.


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