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Original author(s) Charles Cazabon[1]
Initial release 1998; 21 years ago (1998)
Stable release
5.12 / February 22, 2019; 3 months ago (2019-02-22)[2]
Written in Python[3]
Operating system Unix-like, Posix
Type E-mail
License GNU General Public License v2

getmail is a simple mail retrieval agent intended as a replacement for fetchmail, implemented in Python.[5] It can retrieve mail from POP3,[3] IMAP4,[5] and Standard Dial-up POP3 Service servers, with or without SSL. It supports simple and domain (multidrop) mailboxes, mail filtering via any arbitrary program, and supports a wide variety of mail destination types, including mboxrd, maildir,[3][6] and external arbitrary mail delivery agents.[5] Unlike fetchmail, getmail's Python foundation makes it nearly immune to buffer overflow security holes.[citation needed] It also has a simpler configuration syntax than fetchmail, but supports fewer authentication protocols. The software can also function as a basic mail delivery agent.[5]

Getmail is free software and is licensed under the GNU General Public License version 2.[1] It is written and maintained by Charles Cazabon.[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b c Sil 2003, p. 361.
  2. ^ "CHANGELOG". Retrieved 2019-02-22.
  3. ^ a b c Sil 2003, p. 434.
  4. ^ Orsini 2007, p. 331.
  5. ^ a b c d Orsini 2007, p. 330.
  6. ^ "Back up Gmail on Linux with Getmail". 17 March 2008.


  • Orsini, Rob (16 January 2007). Rails Cookbook: Recipes for Rapid Web Development with Ruby. O'Reilly Media.
  • Sil, Dave (19 September 2003). The qmail Handbook. Apress.

External links

  • Official website
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