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Sieve Editor

Sieve is a powerful scripting language for server-side mail filtering. It is intended to be used with IMAP which is ubiquitous. Many IMAP Servers are capable of running Sieve filters. Sieve stores and runs all scripts on the server-side.

Now there is the dilemma – you have access to a server supporting Sieve but how do you manage your scripts on this server?

You can use Telnet for this purpose, but that is far too uncomfortable, not applicable for a normal user and almost impossible with secure connections. Wouldn’t it be great to activate, edit, delete and add Sieve scripts with a convenient interface? That is exactly what this sieve editor offers…

Sieve Editor showing a “Demo” script

… it provides an implementation of A Protocol for Remotely Managing Sieve Scripts (RFC 5804) as well as a graphical editor for Sieve: An Email Filtering Language (RFC 5228)


All started in 2006 as a very simplistic Thunderbird addon implementing the manage sieve protocol. But as the years passed by the plaintext editor got more and more features and evolved into a full graphical editor.

Several years ago Mozilla made a strange decision. They dropped their very flexible addon system and copied the extremely limited WebExtensions from Google Chrome. An this ultimately meant for Thunderbird that "classic" addons will go way.

Now in 2020 classic Thunderbird addons are dead. Which meant for the addon it needed to evolve and drop its Thunderbird dependencies. It is now a portable standalone application!


The project is actively developed. The focus shifted from a thunderbird addon to a portable standalone app.

Status and future development plans are described in the Roadmap. The Capabilities page contains a list of all supported sieve and manage sieve features.

Project statistics are available at Open Hub.

A big thank you to everyone who has contributed and supported the project.

If you want to support the project consider donating

  • code, patches or localizations
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Bugs and Contributing

For more details on contributing refer to the Contributing Guidelines.

Concerning bug reports please use the issue tracker or send a private email to schmid-thomas at Please read and understand the Contributing Guidelines before creating an issue.

Give me 1-2 weeks for a reply. If you did not receive a reply at all, it might be a good idea to check your spam filter.


The code is licensed as free and open source software. It is made available to you under the terms of the GNU Affero General Public License (AGPLv3).

Refer to Licensing information for details about third party licenses included into this project.


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