Alot is a terminal-based mail user agent based on the notmuch mail indexer. It is written in python using the urwid toolkit and features a modular and command prompt driven interface to provide a full MUA experience as an alternative to the Emacs mode shipped with notmuch.
- multiple accounts for sending mails via sendmail
- can spawn terminal windows for asynchronous editing of mails
- tab completion and usage help for all commands
- contacts completion using customizable lookups commands
- user configurable keyboard maps
- customizable colour and layout themes
- python hooks to react on events and do custom formatting
- forward/reply/group-reply of emails
- printing/piping of mails and threads
- configurable status bar with notification popups
- database manager that manages a write queue to the notmuch index
- full support for PGP/MIME encryption and signing
Installation and Customization
Most of the developers hang out in
#alot@freenode, feel free to ask questions or make suggestions there.
You are welcome to open issues or pull-requests on the github page.
The arrow keys,
Space can be used to move the focus.
Escape cancels prompts and
Enter selects. Hit
: at any time and type in commands
to the prompt.
The interface shows one buffer at a time, you can use
Shift-Tab to switch
between them, close the current buffer with
d and list them all with
The buffer type or mode (displayed at the bottom left) determines which prompt commands
are available. Usage information on any command can be listed by typing
to the prompt; The key bindings for the current mode are listed upon pressing
See the manual for more usage info.