Lumail - The console email client


Lumail is a modern console-based email client developed for GNU/Linux, supporting operations upon local Maildir hierarchies and remote IMAP mail-servers. The screenshots demonstrate what it looks like by default, and for a more interactive view you can watch this short ASCII-video.

There are many graphical clients for email, but comparatively few designed solely for console use. With the exception of GNU Emacs none of the console clients I examined had any built in support for scripting with a real language.

Lumail has differences from existing projects such as mutt, notmuch and similar alternatives:

  • It is a modal-client so you're always in a particular mode:
    • maildir-mode: Shows you the list of folders.
    • index-mode: Shows you the list of messages.
    • message-mode: Shows you a single message.
    • ...
  • Scripting is supported with a mature language.
    • Lumail, as the name might suggest, uses lua.
    • The Lua API we present is simple, reliable, and self-consistent.

Installation & Usage

To get started you'll want to :

Once you've got the basics setup you might then wish to consult the additional documentation:

Finally if you have questions perhaps the general FAQ, or the technical FAQ will answer them. If not please ask for help.

Recent News

9th June 2017

Version 3.1 of Lumail is now available upon our download page.

NOTE: This version will install to different locations than the previous releases - see the install guide for details, and the getting-started guide for the updated configuration paths.

10th May 2017

Version 3.0 of Lumail is now available upon our download page.

This release introduces corrects several bugs relating to message-saving, allow index-formatting to become templated (and thus more flexible), as well as fixing minor issues with the display of the panel, and parsing of messages.

9th January 2017

Version 2.9 of Lumail is now available upon our download page.

This release introduces the ability to sort message-lists by threads, and display them appropriately. In addition to the usual bugfixes we now support the correct use of References and In-Reply-To headers in outgoing messages, and have significantly sped up message deletion.

Archived news is available for posterity.


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