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'getmail' is intended as a simple replacement for fetchmail. It retrieves mail (either all messages, or only unread messages, or with other advanced options) from POP3, IMAP, or SPDS servers (with or without SSL) for one or more email accounts, and reliably delivers into a qmail-style Maildir, mbox file, or through arbitrary external MDA programs. 'getmail' has advanced support for domain (multidrop) mailboxes, mail filtering and classifying with arbitrary programs, built-in support for TMDA, and other features.


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Download version 4.4.2 (stable)
released on 1 October 2005


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LicenseVerified byVerified onNotes
GPLv2Janet Casey23 January 2001

Leaders and contributors

Charles Cazabon Maintainer

Resources and communication

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

Software prerequisites

Kind Description
Required to use v. 1.5.2 or later for getmail v.3)
Required to use Python (v. 2.3.3 or later for getmail v.4

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


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