Probably the worlds smallest, simplest, yet full featured eMail client without any dependencies beyond a working GNU environment running BASH.
Use it as a fallback, as a quick & slim alternative or as a tool to read, send and manage messages.
Latest version: readmail
The development version is available on
You may easily clone the project by running:
$ git clone git://github.com/markusfisch/readmail
A working GNU environment running BASH.
The following commands are available:
$ readmail h q p(eek) peek for new messages s(tatus) request mailbox status n(ew) list new messages only t(ail) [N] list the latest N messages l(ist) [N[-N]]... list messages r(ead) [N[-N]]... read message x(tract) N extract attachments of message N f(ile) N[-N]... file message d(elete) N[-N]... remove message a(nswer) N answer message w(rite) ADDRESS write a message to ADDRESS m(ime) FILE show a message file in MIME format (e.g. *.mbs) c(lear) clear screen (or CTRL+L) h(elp) show this info q(uit) quit (or CTRL+D)
You may invoke the commands directly from the command line, e.g.:
$ readmail s 'f 1' 'r 3-5' q
Or inside the interactive shell.
Quickly get the size of your mailbox:
$ readmail s q
Show your latest message:
$ readmail r q
Get the number of new messages since the last call:
$ FORMAT="%d\n" readmail p q
Send a message in one line:
$ ATTACHMENTS=' ' SUBJECT='subject' BODY='body' \ readmail 'w email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org' q
Send one or more files:
$ ATTACHMENTS='file1 file2' SUBJECT='subject' BODY='body' \ readmail 'w email@example.com' q
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Make it executable:
$ chmod a+x readmail
Place the script somewhere in your path, i.e. for a local install do:
$ mv readmail ~/bin/readmail
Set up your configuration, see below
Just run readmail or:
Create ".readmailrc" in your home directory:
$ vi ~/.readmailrc
Put the following lines into it (fill in the values in brackets):
POP_HOST='(your POP3 server)' POP_ACCOUNT='(your POP3 account)' POP_PASSWORD='(your POP3 password, this is optional)'
If you don't want to give passwords, readmail will ask you for it.
Append this block to configure your SMTP settings:
SMTP_HOST='(your SMTP server)' SMTP_ACCOUNT='(your SMTP account)' SMTP_PASSWORD='(your SMTP password, this is optional)'
TIP: If you use "@" for the name of the script, you have always quick access and can query your eMails by:
$ @ n q
In this case your configuration file must read ".@rc", of course.
readmail is Public Domain.