Sympa – mailing list manager with advanced features

Sympa (Systeme de Multi-Postage Automatique) is an open source scalable and highly customizable modern mailing list manager capable of handling big setups: 20.000 lists with 700,000 subscribers. It is used to automate list management functions such as subscription, moderation and management of archives. Sympa also manages sending of messages to the lists, and makes it possible to reduce the load on the system.

Sympa’s features include bulk mailing, service messages and web pages defined by templates, subscriber information stored in a RDBMS, and an external antivirus plugin. Its web front-end offers a portal-like interface where the user can control all their list subscriptions and administrative powers in one place (i.e. one site per user, while Mailman, for example, creates one site per list).

Data is stored in a relational database such as MySQL, PostgreSQL, or Oracle.

Sites can customize Web and mail templates, authentication backends, and authorization scenarios. Dynamic mailing lists can use multiple backends (LDAP, SQL, files, lists, or others).

Features include:

  • Advanced MIME support, including digests, anonymization and S/MIME encryption.
  • Builtin password-based authentication, HTTPS X.509 certificates or use of LDAP database or Single Sign-On CAS or Shibboleth servers.
  • Archive management with web access and RSS feeds.
  • Moderation and administration via email, web and SOAP interface.
  • Multi-lingual, translated to more than 30 languages.
  • Virtual domains (virtual robots).
  • Local SQLite subscriber database or use of MySQL, PostgreSQL or LDAP.
  • Integrated scripting language to extend and automate routines.
  • Web interface called WWSympa providing homogeneous access for both users and admins to list overviews, customization, administration, searchable archives and optional web-based email reply form.
  • Clean moderation and expiration processing.
  • Customizable service messages (templates) for owner and listmaster.
  • Sophisticated automatic bounce management.
  • Data provisioning using LDAP, SQL or other data sources.
  • Internationalization.

Website: www.sympa.org
Support: Manual
Developer: Christophe Wolfhugel, Serge Aumont, Olivier Salaün, David Verdin
License: GNU GPL v2

Sympa is written in Perl. Learn Perl with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

Return to Mailing List Managers Home Page | Return to Email Home Page


Ongoing series
Linux for StartersNew to Linux? Read our Linux for Starters series.
Free and Open Source SoftwareThe largest compilation of the best free and open source software in the universe. Supplied with our legendary ratings charts.
Linux ReviewsHundreds of in-depth reviews offering our unbiased and expert opinion on software.
Alternatives to GoogleAlternatives to Google's Products and Services examines your options to migrate from the Google ecosystem with open source Linux alternatives.
MicrosoftAlternatives to Microsoft's Products and Services recommends open source Linux software.
Linux System ToolsEssential Linux system tools looks at small, indispensable utilities, useful for system administrators as well as regular users.
Linux ProductivityLinux utilities to maximise your productivity. Small, indispensable tools, useful for anyone running a Linux machine.
Home Computer EmulatorsHome computers became commonplace in the 1980s. Emulate home computers including the Commodore 64, Amiga, Atari ST, ZX81, Amstrad CPC, and ZX Spectrum.
Now and ThenNow and Then examines how promising open source software fared over the years.
Linux at HomeLinux at Home looks at a range of home activities where Linux can play its part, making the most of our time at home, keeping active and engaged.
Linux CandyLinux Candy opens up to the lighter side of Linux. Have some fun!
Best Free Android AppsBest Free Android Apps. There's a strict eligibility criteria for inclusion in this series
Programming BooksThese best free books accelerate your learning of every programming language
Programming TutorialsThese free tutorials offer the perfect tonic to the free programming books series
Stars and StripesStars and Stripes is an occasional series looking at the impact of Linux in the USA
Share this article

Share your Thoughts

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.