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"All mail clients suck. This one just sucks less." -me, circa 1995

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Mutt 1.5.24 was released on August 31, 2015. In addition to bug fixes, we managed to slip in some new features and enhancements. See the UPDATING file for more details.

Mutt 1.5.23 was released on March 12, 2014. This is security bugfix release.

Mutt 1.5.22 was released on October 18, 2013. This is primarily a bugfix release. Adds support for TLS 1.1/1.2.

Mutt 1.5.21 was released on September 15, 2010. The most notable user-visible change (aside from bug fixes) is the new $mail_check_recent flag to partially address NewMailHandling (the major blocker for 1.6). It also contains a larger than usual number of bug fixes, thanks to the long time between releases. More details.

Mutt 1.5.20 was released on June 14, 2009. This release contains an enormous number of bugfixes, and several high-level changes.

Mutt 1.5.19 was released on January 5, 2009. This is mostly a bugfix release on the long road to 1.6.

We're still in feature freeze (mostly) for 1.6. The list of items blocking the release of mutt 1.6 may be found here: Patches for any issues found there would be greatly appreciated.


Mutt was released on June 9, 2007. This release fixes CVE-2007-2683 (gecos overflow) and CVE-2007-1558 (APOP MD5 collision attack).

Mutt was released on July 14, 2006. This release fixes CVE-2006-3242, a buffer overflow that could be triggered by a malicious IMAP server.

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General Info

Mutt is a small but very powerful text-based mail client for Unix operating systems. The current stable public release version is; the current development release version is 1.5.24. For more information, see the following:


Some of Mutt's features include:

Though written from scratch, Mutt's initial interface was based largely on the ELM mail client. To a large extent, Mutt is still very ELM-like in presentation of information in menus (and in fact, ELM users will find it quite painless to switch as the default key bindings are identical). As development progressed, features found in other popular clients such as PINE and MUSH have been added, the result being a hybrid, or "mutt." At present, it most closely resembles the SLRN news client. Mutt was originally written by Michael Elkins but is now developed and maintained by the members of the Mutt development mailing list.


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