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KMail is a fully-featured email client that fits nicely into KDE. It has features such as support for powerful filters, PGP/GnuPG privacy, inline attachments, drag and drop support of messages and attachments, support for multiple POP3 and IMAP accounts, and integration into the Kontact personal information management suite.


Recent releases

  •  10 Jun 2005 17:39

    Release Notes: Several bugs have been fixed since the last feature release.

    •  21 Mar 2005 08:03

      Release Notes: Support for emoticons/smilies, X-Faces, KWallet, IMAP namespaces, and quick insertion of common phrases was implemented. Recipient display and selection was improved in the message composer. Home directory cluttering was reduced, as ~/dead.letter is no longer used. Numerous bugfixes were made, especially in the IMAP and message threading code. The program is now included in the KDEPIM package, and this release is part of the KDE 3.4 release.

      •  11 Sep 2004 20:27

        Release Notes: This release is part of KDE 3.3, but can be also installed on KDE 3.2. New features include an antispam wizard, a filter log, quick search, automatic mailing-list detection, view/open of message files, HTML message composing, new filter criteria (in address book, in category, has attachment), cryptographic backend auto-configuration, sign/encrypt keys separation, per-identity s/mime key preselection, per-identity cryptographic message format selection, per-contact crypto preferences, listing of only opened IMAP folders, and more.

        •  11 Mar 2004 21:42

          Release Notes: Search folders (aka Virtual Folders) were added. As-you-type spell checking is supported. There is a panel applet showing unread message totals, per-folder duplicate email removal, drag and drop support of messages onto the composer, improved threading; threading by subject, sort stable deletion, numerous search dialog improvements, SMTP pipelining (faster email submission), and disconnected IMAP. IMAP messages are loaded progressively. IMAP attachments are loaded on demand. Individual IMAP folders can be checked for new mail. Ignore Thread and Watch Thread have been added. Messages can have more than one status.

          •  29 Jan 2003 21:59

            Release Notes: PGP/MIME support has been added (S/MIME is also available via plugins), there's now an optional MIME tree viewer, custom folder icons can be configured, and OpenPGP support has been improved.

            Recent comments

            26 Mar 2001 17:39 dnaber

            Important announcement for users of KMail 1.0.x
            Are you still using KMail < 1.1.99? - it will stop
            working correctly in September 2001. Please read
            the official

            27 Jun 2000 22:42 aexsome

            Re: One little problem - it loses mail
            I got that error using 1.0.28, but if you close Kmail, delete the .folder.index file, and restart Kmail, all messages are shown up correctly.

            07 May 2000 07:37 winback

            Kmail seems good
            Kmail seems to be a good, and easy to use e-mail client. at least it's the best I've found for X.

            27 Mar 2000 18:39 dsanders

            Re: One little problem - it loses mail
            You are right certain incorrectly formatted emails would confuse KMail. The message would be appended to the folder file on disk but the index file wouldn't be updated correctly.

            This is the critical bug that is fixed in KMail, I suggest people use this instead of KMail 1.0.28.

            As for having a large number of unresolved bugs this is also true. However many of these bugs have been resolved in the development version in the HEAD branch of CVS. Actually I decided to close bugs that have been fixed in the developmental version, this resulted in 60 of the 100 outstanding bugs being closed.

            As for the remaining bugs 40 bugs it's all public information and people can check them out for themselves. If you look at the bug list you can see why some of them are difficult to close (I don't have either a Digital UNIX 4.0E or SGI Irix 6.x, machine for instance)

            BTW Wyt thanks for reporting the bug, the development team has been concentrating on the developmental version (in which this bug has been fixed for a few months) and the stable version has been somewhat neglected.

            12 Mar 2000 21:52 wyt

            One little problem - it loses mail
            Version 1.0.28 anyway, installed on two different systems, would occassionally show blank email titles with no message attached. However, deleting these, in turns out, was deleting email that it was having trouble with, and the mail was lost. If you look at the kdm bug-tracking system you'll see that kmail has a number of unresolved bugs, which is understandable and even forgivable in a fairly young program - but losing mail should never be tolerated in something widely distributed as part of the kdm environment.

            A long night testing all the email readers listed on Freshmeat produced one that looks truly promising, with a fresh design and inventive features: arrow. Others have interesting designs, but immediately apparent bugs, or use nonstandard mailboxes, or are just plain ugly. Kmail isn't so ugly on the face, and has fairly nice mail sorting (altho procmail is worth the hour to learn, and more powerful) - but nothing's uglier than losing mail!


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