Terminal-based Mail User Agent
Python Other
Latest commit 333fcae Feb 14, 2017 @pazz committed on GitHub Merge pull request #1029 from pazz/linewise
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Alot is an experimental terminal MUA based on notmuch mail. It is written in python using the urwid toolkit.

Build Status Code Issues

Have a look at the user manual for installation notes, advanced usage, customization, hacking guides and frequently asked questions.

Do comment on the code or file issues!

Most of the developers hang out in #alot@freenode, feel free to ask questions or make suggestions there.

Current features include:

  • modular and command prompt driven interface
  • multiple accounts for sending mails via sendmail
  • spawn terminals for asynchronous editing of mails
  • tab completion and usage help for all commands
  • contacts completion using customizable lookups commands
  • user configurable keyboard maps
  • theming, optionally in 2, 16 or 256 colours
  • tag specific theming and tag string translation
  • (python) hooks to react on events and do custom formatting
  • python shell for introspection
  • forward/reply/group-reply of emails
  • printing/piping of mails and threads
  • notification popups with priorities
  • database manager that manages a write queue to the notmuch index
  • configurable status bar
  • full support for PGP/MIME encryption and signing

Basic Usage

The arrow keys, page-up/down, j, k and 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 Tab and 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 help YOURCOMMAND to the prompt; The key bindings for the current mode are listed upon pressing ?. See the manual for more usage info.