pops://firstname.lastname@example.org/ (pop:// - no SSL) imaps://email@example.com/path (imap:// - no SSL)
You can specify them where ever you have to provide a folder name (like
"change-folder" or hooks). This includes even your "inbox", see
MuttGuide/Folders. This treats them as regular local folders, i.e. for
POP you can delete single a message on the server, i.e. it doesn't just
POP them off "all or none".
For "once in a while" remote access mutt's built-in support for POP/
IMAP is nice, but for frequent/ high volume POP access
MRA like fetchmail are
How can I configure mutt with IMAP so that I can read a message without large attachments (eg pdf, doc, ppt) being downloaded?
When I access my IMAP server from my android phone using K-9 Mail, I can
read a message body without attachments being downloaded. In mutt, I
can't figure out how to get this behavior. Instead, my mutt is
downloading all the attachments the moment I select a message, which is
often a waste of time and
When I use a ssh-tunnel-to-IMAP to my imap server I get error messages ...
like connection to 10.0.2.1 closed. or imap_check_capabilities
? When I try to run the tunnel command in my shell everything
seems fine. What's going on?!
A proper description of this error can be found at Debian Bug report
issue seems to be related to users using a ssh-tunnel-to-Courier-IMAP.
If the user "runs the courier binary directly it sends stderr along with
stdout (since it's not being run by courier's standard facilities)"
set tunnel="ssh -q mail.example.com /usr/sbin/imapd 2>/dev/null Maildir"
When using dovecot as imap server, try the following tunnel
set tunnel="ssh -q mail.example.com '/usr/sbin/dovecot -c ~/.dovecot.conf --exec-mail imap'"
You'll have to specify an alternative config file with the -c option,
since in most cases you won't be able to read system-wide configuration
file in /etc/dovecot
How can I save typing long IMAP-pathnames?
If you have just one IMAP account and / or don't need the $folder
variable to access local folders or use "~" to do so, then you can
store the common path of a single IMAP-server in $folder and use
"+" or "=" as a shortcut (see MuttGuide/Folders).
You can specify mailboxes to have more than 1 listed in the mailbox
folder-browse mode (change folder, hit '?' twice to find the key to
toggle "mailboxes view"). You can use $folder to save typing when
specifying them (note to reset it at the end to a sane local value):
set folder=imap://AAA.tld mailboxes +folder1 +folder2 ... set folder=imap://BBB.tld mailboxes +folder1 +folder2 ... ... set folder=~/Mail
Or use macros in the different menus and contexts (changing or saving
folders), especially if you have more than 1.
With hooks you can change "$folder" dynamically, get creative.
How can I list/ browse remote IMAP-folders?
As with local folders, you can use TAB to enter folder-browse mode for
the change-folder command. Just specify the base directory and let
mutt TAB-expand/-browse it for you (MuttGuide/Folders).
You can also define all your IMAP folders as "mailboxes" and then enter
"mailboxes" view. For this set "imap_list_subscribed" and
"imap_check_subscribed" as desired, then go and actually subscribe
your desired folders. Then see /Action about "mailboxes"
I'm using only IMAP folders, yet mutt still queries about local folders, why?
Because you probably have forgotten to change one of the settings for
MuttGuide/Folders, or you might have specified mailboxes pointing to
I keep getting disconnected when I leave mutt alone for a few minutes
There is probably a firewall or NAT router between you and your server
which drops connections that don't get traffic frequently enough. Mutt
by default will send keepalive traffic every 15 minutes, which is well
within the IMAP specification (servers are required to hold connections
open for 30 minutes).
Unfortunately some routers will drop you after as little as one minute.
You can try adjusting $timeout (reducing this polls the current
mailbox more often), $mail_check (this controls how frequently
other mailboxes are polled), or $imap_keepalive (which controls
how often keepalive messages are sent in non-interactive contexts, eg
while composing email messages). Lower these until your router stops
disconnecting you, but don't make them so low that mutt starts to feel
Why do I have to review my server's SSL certificate every single time I connect to it?
Because it's not in the system-wide certificate database. You probably
can't do anything about that, but you can set $certificate_file to
the path of a file in which to store these unknown certificates. If this
is set, you'll see a new option to save certificates permanently the
next time you connect. As long as the certificate is valid (e.g. hasn't
expired), you shouldn't be nagged about it again.