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MH-E offers the functionality of MH, the visual orientation and simplicity of use of a GUI, and full integration with Emacs and XEmacs, including thorough configuration and online help. MH-E lets users read and process mail very quickly: many commands are single characters; completion and smart defaults are used for folder names and aliases. With MH-E you compose outgoing messages in Emacs. This is a big plus for Emacs users, but even non-Emacs users have been known to use MH-E after only learning the most basic cursor motion commands. Additional features include:

  • attractive text rendering with font lock
  • composition and display of MIME body parts
  • display of images and HTML within the Emacs frame
  • folder browsing with speedbar
  • threading
  • ticking messages
  • lightning-fast full-text indexed searches of all of your email
  • virtual folders to view ticked and unseen messages, search results
  • multiple personalities
  • signing and encrypting
  • spam filter interaction
  • XFace, Face, X-Image-URL header field support with picons

MH is Rand's Mail Handler, whose functionality is available in nmh and GNU mailutils.


User manual in HTML and PDF from; manual source in Texinfo is available at


Download version 8.5 (stable)
released on 2 March 2013

VCS Checkout

bzr co bzr://


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LicenseVerified byVerified onNotes
GPLv3Kelly Hopkins15 June 2009

Leaders and contributors

Bill Wohler Maintainer

Resources and communication

Audience Resource type URI
Users VCS Repository Webview
Users Mailing List
Users Mailing List
Developers Mailing List
Users Bug Tracking

Software prerequisites

Kind Description
Required to use Emacs

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 16 March 2013.


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