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a mail retrieval, sorting, and delivering system

Getmail is a flexible, extensible mail retrieval system with support for POP3, IMAP4, SSL variants of both, maildirs, mboxrd files, external MDAs, arbitrary message filtering, single-user and domain-mailboxes, and many other useful features.


The full documentation for getmail is maintained in HTML and plaintext formats. See the included files for details.

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GPLv2Genium21 January 2017

Leaders and contributors

Charles Cazabon Maintainer

Resources and communication

Audience Resource type URI
Support & Bug Report E-mail
Gentoo Homepage
Developer Download
FreeBSD Homepage
Guix Homepage
NetBSD Homepage
Debian Homepage
Python General
User & Developer Mailing List Info/Archive

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 19 February 2017.


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