aerc – email client that runs in your terminal

aerc is an email client for your terminal.

aerc optionally supports notmuch.

The program is free and open source software.

Features include:

  • Editing emails in an embedded terminal tmux-style, allowing you to check on incoming emails and reference other threads while you compose your replies
  • Render HTML emails with an interactive terminal web browser, highlight patches with diffs, and browse with an embedded less session.
  • Vim-style keybindings and ex-command system, allowing for powerful automation at a single keystroke.
  • Support for working with git & email.
  • Open a new tab with a terminal emulator and a shell running for easy access to nearby git repos for parallel work.
  • Support for multiple accounts, with support for IMAP, Maildir, SMTP, and sendmail transfer protocols.
  • Asynchronous IMAP support ensures the UI never gets locked up by a flaky network, as mutt often does.
  • Efficient network usage – aerc only downloads the information which is necessary to present the UI, making for a snappy and bandwidth-efficient experience.

Website: aerc-mail.org
Support: Mailing List, Code Repository
Developer: Drew DeVault and contributors
License: Open Source

aerc is written in Go. Learn Go with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

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