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Privacy enhanced terminal application for off-line E-mail management

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Jaromail is an integrated suite of interoperable tools for GNU/Linux, Apple/OSX and MS/WSL to manage e-mail communication in a private and efficient way, without relying too much on on-line services, in fact encouraging users to store E-Mail locally and remove it from servers.

Rather than reinventing the wheel, Jaromail adopts a set of robust free and open source tools and integrates them automatically. It also comes with a complete usage manual.

Overview of internal components:

executable function
ZSH Shell interpreter
Neomutt Mail User Agent
mSmtp Mail Transport (send)
Fetchmail Mail Transport (receive)
Vim Mail editor
Mblaze Maildir manipulation
GnuPG Encrypt and sign
Mixmaster Anonymity
Notmuch Local Search engine
ABook Local Addressbook
Elinks HTML rendering

Jaromail architecture diagram:

Jaromail functions diagram

List of core features

  • Privacy by design to facilitate local storage and backup
  • Helps to empty an on-line INBOX, free space and avoid bills
  • Supports strong encryption and signing messages (gpg)
  • Minimalistic and efficient interface with message threading
  • Targets intensive usage of e-mails and mailinglists (neomutt)
  • Stores E-Mails in a very reliable UNIX format (maildir)
  • Integrates filtering locally as well remotely with (sieve)
  • Implements graylisting to filter known and new contacts
  • Can do search and backup by advanced expressions (notmuch)
  • Automatically generates filter rules (sieve)
  • Imports and exports VCard contacts to addressbook (abook)
  • Computes and shows statistics on mail traffic
  • Encrypted password storage OS independent (pass)
  • Advanced analysis tools and address extraction (mblaze)
  • Group contacts into secret BCC: lists of recipients
  • Checks fingerprints of SSL/TLS server certificates
  • Can send anonymous emails (mixmaster)
  • Renders HTML with links, without images (elinks)
  • May run on a remove machine connected via terminal (ssh)
  • Many languages! so exotic! such UTF-8!
  • Multi platform: GNU/Linux/BSD, Apple/OSX, Microsoft/WSL
  • Old school, used by its author for the past 20 years


Make sure you have installed the following dependencies on your operating system, they should be named in a similar way across distributions, here below the names of the packages are referring to those found in APT distros:

fetchmail msmtp neomutt notmuch pinentry-curses abook \
wipe mblaze vim netcat-traditional

To compile and install jaromail on your system as root:

make install

When Jaromail is installed system-wide, the JAROMAILDIR environmental variable can be changed to point to where all emails will be stored, by default it is $HOME/Mail.

Read the manual:

man jaromail


For a brief overview see the commandline help:

 jaro -h

When in doubt, make sure you read the Jaromail usage manual.

Note for experienced Mutt users: keys will be familiar, but there are things to learn in the manual on how jaromail enhances the workflow.


All development happens on

We are reachable on many chats and channels.


Jaromail is Copyright (C) 2010-2023 by the foundation

Designed, written and maintained by @jaromil

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

This source code 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. Please refer to the GNU Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU Public License along with this source code; if not, write to: Free Software Foundation, Inc., 675 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA.