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Obtaining Exim

Source Distributions

The primary source distribution is from the main exim.org site. See https://downloads.exim.org/exim4/ for the source packages, which are always accompanied by detached GPG Signatures.

You can find a list of all the current www mirror sites, and the ftp mirror sites and their status

There are a number of EximMirrorSites which also carry source packages. Please ensure that the packages are signed and are for the current version.

Once you've downloaded the source code, see InstallingExim for help on building and installing Exim.

SCM Access

There are Git repositories.

Latest Version

From 2017-12-20, the latest version of Exim is 4.90.

The popular exiscan-acl patch code has been incorporated into Exim from version 4.50 onwards. The distributors' patch for dynamically loadable lookups has been incorporated into Exim from version 4.74 onwards.

What's new and change logs

Binary Packages

Binary packages are all built by third parties, and not the EximDevelopers. Packaging issues should be reported to the packagers. In general binary packages include the exiscan extensions, however the build configuration is a decision made by the packager.

Red Hat / Fedora Linux Distributions

For Fedora, exim packages are distributed as follows:

  • Fedora Core 3 (now EOL): as part of the base OS
  • Fedora Core 4+: as part of the Fedora Extras repository, maintained by DavidWoodhouse

Earlier releases were also built for FC2 and old RHL releases.

For Red Hat Enterprise, Exim packages are distributed as follows:

  • RHEL4: Exim 4.43 is available

In general, due to the similarities between Fedora and Red Hat Enterprise, the latest Exim packages from Fedora Extras can usually be rebuilt fairly easily (i.e. with minimal or no modifications) on modern versions of Red Hat Enterprise (i.e. RHEL3, RHEL4) and variants such as CentOS, White Box Enterprise Linux etc.

Other sources

SuSE/Novell SUSE Distributions

Binary packages (unsupported by Novell/SuSE) can be found here_.

Debian GNU/Linux

Debian GNU/Linux ships packages for Exim 4 (called exim4).

There are two variations: exim4ddaemonllight, or exim4ddaemonhheavy which differ in the compiled-in feature set.

Information about the Exim 4 Package, including update hints, can be found in /usr/share/doc/exim4-base/README.Debian.html, or on the Web in http://pkg-exim4.alioth.debian.org/README/README.Debian.etch.html.

There is a dedicated mailing list for exim on Debian. You can subscribe via http://lists.alioth.debian.org/mailman/listinfo/pkg-exim4-users


Exim4 (version 4.84) is the default MTA for the current stable release of Debian GNU/Linux, Version 8.6, codenamed "jessie".

Backports of Exim4 for the stable release, jessie, are available.

To install the backported version, add the following line to your apt sources.list:

deb http://ftp.debian.org/debian jessie-backports main

You can read more information about installing backports.


Exim4 is the default MTA for Debian GNU/Linux, testing and unstable. Just apt the packages from the repository.


The very latest Release of Exim4 is freqently available from the experimental distribution.


emerge exim

See http://gentoo-wiki.com/Mail_Server_based_on_Exim_and_Courier-imap


Exim4 is in the FreeBSD ports tree:

# cd /usr/ports/mail/exim
# make install clean


Just install with poldek -i exim


You can use urpmi to install it ( for mandrake 10.2 and higher ) urpmi exim


Documentation source packages are available from the same place as the source distributions. The main documentation is also available as browsable HTML on http://www.exim.org/

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