MUTT - THE MONGREL OF MAIL USER AGENTS
THE MUTT FAQ


WHY USE MUTT?

There are a number of reasons why I like mutt more than other mail readers:
  1. Comes with Autoconf support
  2. Small and efficient (if you don't compile it with "-g")
  3. Threading!
  4. Does everything ELM does
  5. Has PGP support (now officially outside the US)
  6. Excellent MIME support
  7. Scoring!
  8. Still being improved, and the author is open to suggestions
  9. All keys remappable
  10. Can open WWW browser with any URL in mail (you get a menu!)
  11. Color support (fully configurable)
  12. Xterm mouse support
  13. Efficient keyboard interface
  14. I can edit the header of the message on followup or reply
  15. Great mailing list support
  16. Functions for people with multiple email addresses
  17. Mutt is free!
Mutt has become very stable. It hasn't dumped core on me for years now. I can wholeheartedly recommend it for production use.

HOW DO I SETUP MY .MUTTRC?

Here, have a look at my .muttrc.

Several things to note:


WHERE CAN I ASK QUESTIONS ABOUT MUTT?

Before you ask questions, please read the FAQ. Thank you.
There is a Mutt mailing list, it's called mutt-users@mutt.org. To subscribe, send mail to mutt-users-request@mutt.org.

WHAT OTHER WEB PAGES ARE THERE ABOUT MUTT?

  1. http://www.mutt.org/ - the Mutt home page
  2. http://www.math.fu-berlin.de/~guckes/mutt/ - Sven's Mutt pages
  3. http://mutt.frmug.org/ - Ollivier Robert collects many of his Mutt patches there
  4. http://hoohoo.ncsa.uiuc.edu/~blong/programs/mutt - Brandon Long's collection of obscure patches
  5. http://www.ifi.uio.no/~jani/mutt/muttemacs.html -- Jan Ingvoldstad explains how to use Emacs with Mutt.
  6. [Ask HotBot]

HOW DOES MUTT COMPARE TO OTHER MAIL READERS?

Well, this is a matter of taste. Mutt looks a lot like ELM, so a lot people will feel right at home. Sven Guckes did a large comparison between Mutt and ELM.

CAN YOU RECOMMEND AN EDITOR WITH MUTT?

Yes. Vim.


WHERE CAN I DOWNLOAD MUTT?

This question is answered in the FAQ.