FairEmail - open source, privacy friendly email app
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Open source, privacy friendly email app

This email app might be for you if your current email app:

  • takes long to receive or show messages
  • can manage only one email address
  • cannot show conversations
  • cannot work offline
  • looks outdated
  • is not maintained
  • stores your email on their servers
  • is closed source, potentially violating your privacy


  • 100 % open source
  • Multiple accounts (inboxes)
  • Multiple identities (outboxes)
  • Unified inbox
  • Message threading
  • Distraction free reading and writing
  • Two way synchronization
  • Offline storage and operations
  • Folder management
  • Material design

Pro features

  • Signatures
  • Dark theme
  • Account colors
  • Standard replies
  • Sort on time, unread or starred
  • Progressive search (first local, then server)
  • Preview sender/subject in new messages status bar notification
  • Export settings


  • Easy navigation
  • No unnecessary settings
  • No bells and whistles


  • Allow encrypted connections only
  • Accept valid security certificates only
  • Authentication required
  • Safe message view (styling, scripting and unsafe HTML removed)
  • No special permissions required
  • No advertisements
  • No analytics and no tracking


  • IMAP IDLE (push messages) supported
  • Built with latest development tools and libraries
  • Android 6 Marshmallow or later required

This app is minimalistic by design, so you can concentrate on reading and writing messages.

This app starts a foreground service with a low priority status bar notification to make sure you'll never miss new email.


Frequently asked questions

See here for a list of often asked questions.


  • For support on FairEmail, please go here



Contributions to this document and the frequently asked questions are preferred in the form of pull requests.


  • You can translate the in-app texts of FairEmail here
  • If your language is not listed, please send a message through this contact form

Source code

Building FairEmail from source code is straightforward with Android Studio. It is expected that you can solve build problems yourself, so there is no support on building.

Source code contributions are preferred in the form of pull requests. Please contact me first to tell me what your plans are.

Please note that you agree to the license below by contributing, including the copyright.


FairEmail uses:


GNU General Public License version 3

Copyright (c) 2018 Marcel Bokhorst. All rights reserved

FairEmail 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.

FairEmail is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with FairEmail. If not, see https://www.gnu.org/licenses/.