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Version: 332189 (ubuntu - 24/10/10)

Section: 1 (Commandes utilisateur)


claws-mail - a GTK+ based fast email and news client


claws-mail [options]


Claws Mail is an email client (and news reader) based on GTK+, running on X Window System, and aiming for

* Quick response
* Graceful, and sophisticated interface
* Easy configuration, intuitive operation
* Abundant features
Currently implemented features include:
o POP3 support
o IMAP4rev1 support
o integrated NetNews client
o unlimited multiple account handling
o thread display
o filtering
o MIME (attachments)
o built-in image view
o X-Face and (colour) Face support
o multiple MH folder support
o mbox importing / exporting
o external editor support
o message queueing
o automatic mail checking
o draft message function
o template function
o line-wrapping
o clickable URI
o XML-based address book
o LDAP, vCard, and JPilot support
o newly arrived and unread message management
o Mew/Wanderlust-like key bind
o printing
o APOP authentication support
o SMTP AUTH support
o SSL support (POP3, SMTP, IMAP4rev1)
o IPv6 support
o drag & drop (partially implemented)
o GnuPG support
o automake + autoconf support
o internationalization of messages by gettext
o support of many code sets, including UTF-8 (Unicode) (when using libjconv)
o support for plugins

This list is not complete.


--compose [address]
--subscribe [uri]
--attach file1 [file2]...
--status folder[/subfolder]
--select [#mh/mailbox/]folder[/msg|/msgid]
--alternate-config-dir [dir]


Default directory for mail storage
Global program directory
Manual files in HTML, PDF, PostScript and plain text format
Global themes directory
Directory for plugins
Directory for header files
Default directory for user's configuration files directory
Addressbook files
User-defined templates directory
User's themes directory
Configuration for account(s)
User-defined custom actions
User-defined address book custom attributes
Claws Mail logfile
Claws Mail output file (Windows only)
Main configuration file
User-specified commands
Configuration for custom headers for sending mail
Configuration for custom display of headers in message view
All folders' attributes
Folder hierarchy listing
Filtering and Processing function configuration
Menu shortcut-key configuration
User-specified searches in message bodies
User-specified quick-search list
User-specified searches in message bodies
User-specified searches in message list
User-specified tag list
User-defined custom toolbars


To run this program the standard way type:


Alternatively you can run it with the following options:

--compose [address]
to open a Compose window
--subscribe [uri]
subscribe to the given URI if possible
--attach file1 [file2]...
open composition window with specified files attached
--compose "mailto:%t?subject=%s&cc=%c&body=%b"
this syntax can be used in web-browsers and CLI to open a pre-populated Compose window
receive new messages
receive new messages from all accounts

send all queued messages
show the total number of messages
[new][unread][unread answers to marked][total]
--status folder[/subfolder]
show the total number of messages in specified folder
[new][unread][unread answers to marked][total]
show the total number of messages per folder
[new][unread][unread answers to marked][total]
--select [#mh/mailbox/]folder[/msg|/msgid]
On startup, jumps to the specified folder/message
Start claws-mail in (or switch to, if already running) online mode
Start claws-mail in (or switch to, if already running) offline mode
display the help message and exit
exit Claws Mail
for debug mode
display version number and exit
display version number and compiled-in features then exit
display the CONFIG-DIR and exit
--alternate-config-dir [dir]
start Claws Mail with the configuration stored in [dir] directory


This program requires GTK+ 2.6.x or higher to be compiled.

Please make sure that gtk-devel and glib-devel (or similar) packages are installed before the compilation (you may also require flex (lex) and bison (yacc)).

To compile and install, just type:

% ./configure
% make
% su
Password: [Enter password]
# make install

Refer to ./configure --help for further information.


The Claws Mail Team
Holger Berndt                  <>

Tristan Chabredier             <>

Hoà Viêt Dinh                  <>

Andrej Kacian                  <>

Darko Koruga                   <>

Ricardo Mones Lastra   <>

Colin Leroy                    <>

Paul Mangan                    <>

Salvatore De Paolis    <>
Previous team members
Keith Edmunds
Match Grun
Melvin Hadasht
Oliver Haertel
Christoph Hohmann
Alfons Hoogervorst
Werner Koch
Thorsten Maerz
Leandro A. F. Pereira
Luke Plant
Martin Schaaf
Carsten Schurig
Fabien Vantard
Sergey Vlasov
Hiroyuki Yamamoto


Claws Mail Homepage
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