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With the enormous amounts of e-mail many people gather and the importance of e-mail message in our work-flows, it's essential to quickly deal with all that mail - in particular, to instantly find that one important e-mail you need right now, and quickly file away message for later use.
mu is a tool for dealing with e-mail messages stored in the Maildir-format.
purpose in life is to help you to quickly find the messages you need; in
addition, it allows you to view messages, extract attachments, create new
maildirs, and so on.
After indexing your messages into a Xapian-database, you can search them using a custom query language. You can use various message fields or words in the body text to find the right messages.
Built on top of
mu are some extensions (included in this package):
mu4e: a full-featured e-mail client that runs inside emacs
mu-guile: bindings for the Guile/Scheme programming language (version 3.0 and later)
mu is written in C++;
mu4e is written in
mu-guile in a mix of C++ and
mu is available in Linux distributions (e.g. Debian/Ubuntu and Fedora) under the
maildir-utils; apparently because they don't like short names. All of the
code is distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License version 3
Note: building from source is an advanced subject, especially if something goes wrong. The below simple examples are a start, but all tools involved have many options; there are differences between systems, versions etc. So if this is all a bit daunting we recommend to wait for someone else to build it for you, such as a Linux distribution. Many have packages available.
To be able to build
mu, ensure you have:
- a C++17 compiler (
clangare known to work)
- development packages for Xapian and GMime and GLib (see
meson.buildfor thex versions)
- basic tools such as
mu4e, you also need
Note, support for Windows is very much experimental, that is, it works for some people, but we can't really support it due to lack of the specific expertise. Help is welcome!
$ git clone git://github.com/djcb/mu.git $ cd mu
meson for building, so you can use that directly, and all the usual
commands apply. You can also use it indirectly through the provided
which provides a number of useful targets.
For instance, using the
Makefile, you could install
$ ./autogen.sh && make $ sudo make install
Alternatively, you can run
meson directly (see the
meson documentation for
$ meson setup -C build $ meson compile -C build $ meson install -C build
Contributions are welcome! See the Github issue list and /emacs/mu/IDEAS.org.