Jaro Mail :: The Electronic Postman

We are hackers.Jaro Mail is a suite of console email tools to archive mails without storing them online. Made with old and reliable open source components and standards.

Jaro Mail :: The Electronic Postman

Jaro Mail is an integrated suite of interoperable tools to manage e-mail communication in a private and efficient way, without relying too much on on-line services, in fact encouraging users to store their email locally.

Rather than reinventing the wheel, Jaro Mail reuses existing free and open source tools working since more than 10 years (and likely to exist for longer) and is mainly targeted to Apple/OSX and GNU/Linux desktop usage.


This software product was tested thoroughly and was found absolutely clean; therefore, it can be installed with no concern by any computer user.

Console email is the way! but what is this really made of?

To use Jaro Mail on your desktop client, you will require some programs. These programs are ready into the Apple/OSX package, but you will have to install them by yourself if you use GNU/Linux, preferably using your favourite package manager.

Screenshot of a mailinglist folder open on OSX

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“The aptly named JaroMail is a step in the right direction – precisely how I’ve used email the last 10 yrs” – Julian Oliver

It is recommended that you read the user manual: this is not exactly a typical consumer grade software and you won’t get far unless you know what you are doing. Even for experienced Mutt users there are things to learn in the manual, on how Jaro Mail redesigns the e-mail workflow for instance with whitelisting and remote sieve folders.
User Manual

Seriously, if you are wondering what this software does and you are not satisfied by this silly homepage: the PDF manual is the place to look. It explains it all in detail, click the green button above and read the manual *grin*


Download Zone

Jaro Mail version 2 is made available in a ready to install form for Apple/OSX desktops.

GNU/Linux users can have the newest and faster version 3 built and installed simply using make and make install console commands.


The code repository along with more technical documentation is on Github.com/Dyne/JaroMail.

Encrypted storage

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If you are concerned about your privacy, or in need to keep your communication confidential, then we recommend you to encrypt your emails using the GNU Pretty Good Privacy tools and ask your peers to do the same.

To also encrypt your email archive when downloaded on local storage one can use Tomb, the crypto undertaker a small program to create encrypted folders promoting techniques that are well secure like key/storage separation, steganography etc.

Tomb integrates very well with Jaro Mail: one can make the ~/Mail and ~/.gnupg directories reside inside a tomb which will mount them in place inside the $HOME via its bind-hooks.

Other interesting e-mail frameworks

Jaro Mail is not the only thing out there that makes you handle e-mails in a geeky and smart way, in fact there are plenty of projects like this out there and the real difficulty is to find one that is usable and most likely to endure years of development and still work with old setups.

Why all this text based stuff?! there is a wonderful world behind every Terminal ;^) for an introduction have a look at the Flossmanuals CLI guide

Below you will find a list of frameworks that can be used as an alternative or complementary to Jaro Mail, since we all use the maildir format to store emails: