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       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 the X Window
       System, and aiming for:
              • Quick response
              • Graceful, and sophisticated interface
              • Easy configuration, intuitive operation
              • Abundant features

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

       This list is not complete.


        --compose [address]
        --compose-from-file file
        --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

              Automatic Faces and X-Faces files for accounts

              SSL certificates received from mail servers

              Tags directory

              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

              Main configuration file

              User-specified commands

              Configuration for custom headers for sending mail

              Configuration for custom display of headers in message view

              Editable extra headers to be added to compose window combobox

              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

       Windows only

              Claws Mail output file when --debug is enabled. If %TEMP% is not set it defaults to
              windows  directory  (usually  C:\Windows)  or  C:\  if  windows  directory  is  not

              Claws Mail log file


       To run this program the standard way type:


       Alternatively you can run it with the following options:

       --compose [address]
              to open a Compose window

       --compose-from-file file
              open composition window with data from given file. Use - as file name  for  reading
              from  standard  input. Content format: headers first (To: header required) until an
              empty line is found, then mail body until end of file.

       --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.   Possible  fields  after the destination recipient are: subject, from, cc,
              bcc, in-reply-to, body, insert (insert a file  in  body  part,  needs  an  absolute
              path), attach (attach a file, needs an absolute path, see also: --attach)

              receive new messages

              receive new messages from all accounts

              cancel receiving of messages

              cancel sending of messages

              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]

              show session statistics

              reset session statistics

       --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

       --help display the help message and exit

       --exit exit Claws Mail

              for  debug mode (on Windows systems output is written to a file instead of standard
              error output, see Windows only on FILES section)

              toggle debug mode of a running Claws Mail instance

              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


              if defined disables crash dialog (only if Claws Mail  has  been  built  with  crash
              dialog feature enabled)

              default host and display number to use

              when  using  a  tunnel command to open server connections these temporary variables
              are set to the server name and server port respectively in the environment  of  the
              running command

              the information to access the GPG agent if using GPG agent is enabled in GPG plugin
              preferences (this is usually set by the agent when launched,  otherwise  it  likely
              means the GPG agent is not running)

              assumes that filenames are in the locale encoding rather than in UTF-8

       HOME   full path of the user's home directory

              locale to use for non-windows systems (the first one not empty is used)

              if defined overrides default J-Pilot charset (CP1252)

              if defined regular expressions matching follows POSIX standards

              if defined tries to use the Session Manager (only if Claws Mail has been built with
              libSM feature enabled)

       SHELL  if defined overrides default shell "sh" used by Spamassassin plugin to launch spamc

              use this CA certificates directory instead known system directories

              use this CA certificates file instead of searching known system files

       USER   used to initialize default "user_id" preference in newly created accounts


       You can search for existing bugs and report new ones on Claws Mail bugzilla:


       1999-2015 Hiroyuki Yamamoto and the Claws Mail team

       Portions are also Copyright:
       (C) 2007-2009 g10 Code GmbH
       (C) 1999-2005 Nullsoft, Inc.
       (C) 1991-1993, 1996-2000, 2001 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
       (C) 2001 Thomas Link, Hiroyuki Yamamoto
       (C) 1995-1997 Peter Mattis and Spencer Kimball
       (C) 1995-1997 Peter Mattis, Spencer Kimball, Josh MacDonald
       (C) 1997-1998 Jay Painter <><>
       (C) 1999-2003 Michael Natterer <>
       (C) 2000 Evan Martin
       (C) 1998 Lars Hamann and Stefan Jeske
       (C) 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009 GNOME Foundation
       (C) 2004-2006 Christian Hammond
       (C) 2003-2004 Pawel Salek
       (C) 2001, 2002 - DINH Viet Hoa
       (C) 1999-2000, Gael Roualland <>
       (C) 1998-2002 Sendmail, Inc.
       (C) 2007-2008 Juha Kautto (juha at
       (C) 1994-2002 World Wide Web Consortium
       (C) 1999 Graham Davison
       (C) 1999 Eric Busboom
       (C) 2000, Eric Busboom,
       (C) 2002-2007 Randall Hand <>
       (C) 2001 by Werner Koch <>
       (C) 2004 Apache Software Foundation
       (C) 2008 Mikkel Kamstrup Erlandsen
       (C) 2002  Red Hat, Inc.; Copyright 1998, 2001 Tim Janik
       (C) 2008-2009  Christian Hammond, David Trowbridge
       (C) 2003-2005  Lars Lindner <>
       (C) 2004,2005  Nathan J. Conrad <>
       (C) 2004 Karl Soderstrom <>
       (C) 2000 Helix Code, Inc. (


       This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of
       the GNU General Public License as  published  by  the  Free  Software  Foundation,  either
       version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

       See COPYING file on toplevel distribution directory for more license details.


       The Claws Mail Team

           Holger Berndt            <>
           Tristan Chabredier       <>
           Andrej Kacian            <>
           Darko Koruga             <>
           Ricardo Mones Lastra     <>
           Charles Lehner           <>
           Colin Leroy              <>
           Paul Mangan              <>
           Salvatore De Paolis      <>
           Pawel Pekala             <>
           Michael Rasmussen        <>

       Previous team members

           Hoà  Viêt  Dinh,  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


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