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Sylpheed 3.6

Sylpheed is a simple, lightweight but featureful, and easy-to-use e-mail client (mailer, MUA).

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Sylpheed runs on Unix-like systems such as Linux, BSD, and Mac OS X. It also supports Windows. Sylpheed uses GTK+ GUI toolkit. The newest version of Sylpheed works with GTK+ 2.4 or later (2.6 or later is recommended). Sylpheed is a free software distributed under the GNU GPL (the library part is GNU LGPL). You can freely use, modify and redistribute it under the license.


  • Simple, beautiful, and well-polished user interface
  • Comfortable operationality which is built in detail
  • Well-organized, easy-to-understand configuration
  • Lightweight operation
  • High reliability
  • Internationalization and Multilingualization support
  • High-level Japanese processing
  • Various protocols support
  • Security features (GnuPG, SSL/TLSv1)
  • Powerful filtering and search
  • Junk mail control
  • Flexible cooperation with external commands

What's new:

  • New features
    • New message notification window was added.
    • Icon theme feature was added.
    • SSL certificate hostname is validated now (#167).
    • PGP encrypt-to-self feature was added.
    • The feature to save message as plain text was added.
    • An option to the junk filter setting was added: 'Do not classify message as junk if sender is in the address book' (enabled by default) (#77)
    • Safe mode (which does not load plug-ins) was added (--safe-mode).
  • Improvements
    • The existence of destination folders are checked when creating a filter rule.
    • The recursion level is restricted up to 64 when scanning local mailbox (prevents infinite loop with symlink. Note: Linux automatically limits the symlink loop up to 40)
    • The labels used in POP3 remote mailbox dialog was modified.
    • POP3: do not disconnect immediately but send QUIT command on normal POP3 errors (prevents deleted messages appear again).
    • Win32: socket connection timeout setting now works on Windows (Note: on Windows XP, maximum timeout value will be 21 seconds by default).
    • Some non-standard Date header patterns are handled now.
    • Win32: start menu shortcuts are translated.
    • Quotation of forwarded messages is enabled for template now.
    • When applying a template for a new message, current date is inserted with '%d'.
    • When marking a message as junk and moving it to a junk folder, proper junk folder is selected instead of default one.
    • Printing now prints all texts in messages, not only the first one.
    • The HTML parser now supports
    • An option to prefer HTML part in multipart/alternative was added (default: off).
    • Compose window is raised when the external editor exits.
    • The order of templates became stable.
    • HTML mail is distinguished from other messages with attachments now (#89).
    • 'Last 30 days' was added to the quick search menu.
    • Attached images are rotated based on Exif orientation tag.
    • Mac OS X support was improved.
    • The Japanese manual was modified so that IE correctly detect its character encoding.
    • The rightmost column of folder view and summary view became easier to resize.
    • Appropriate columns of folder view, summary view, etc. are auto-expanded by window resize when using GTK+ 2.14 or later.
    • The initial setup dialog is now resizable.
  • Other changes
    • Basque translation was added.
  • Bugfixes
    • Bugfixes of HTML display were made.
    • Escaped special characters in HTML links are now properly unescaped (#120).

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