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Get this great stuff without effort:
- A full-featured and autoconfigured email client on the terminal with neomutt
- Mail stored offline so you can view and write email while you're away from internet and keep backups
Specifically, this wizard:
- Determines your email server's IMAP and SMTP servers and ports
- Creates dotfiles for
msmtpappropriate for your email address
- Encrypts and locally stores your password for easy remote access, accessible only by your GPG key
- Handles as many as nine separate email accounts automatically
- Auto-creates bindings to switch between accounts or between mailboxes
- Provides sensible defaults and an attractive appearance for the neomutt email client
- If mutt-wizard doesn't know your server's IMAP/SMTP info by default, it will prompt you for them and will put them in all the right places.
Install and Use
git clone https://github.com/LukeSmithxyz/mutt-wizard cd mutt-wizard sudo make install
User of Arch-based distros can also install mutt-wizard from the AUR as mutt-wizard-git.
The mutt-wizard is run with the command
mw. Once everything is setup, you'll use
neomutt to access your mail.
mw add-- add a new email account
mw ls-- list existing accounts
mw pass-- revise an account's password
mw delete-- delete an added account
mw sync-- sync all mail accounts and update notmuch database
mw purge-- delete all accounts and settings
neomutt- the email client.
isync- downloads and syncs the mail. (required at install)
msmtp- sends the email.
pass- safely encrypts passwords (required at install)
There's a chance of errors if you use a slow-release distro like Ubuntu, Debian or Mint. If you get errors in
neomutt, install the most recent version manually or manually remove the offending lines in the config in
lynx- view HTML email in neomutt.
notmuch- index and search mail. Install it and run
notmuch setup, tell it that your mail is in
mwwill do this automatically if you haven't set notmuch up before). You can run it in mutt with
notmuch newto process new mail.
abook- a terminal-based address book. Pressing tab while typing an address to send mail to will suggest contacts that are in your abook.
pam-gnupg- this is a more general program that I use. It automatically logs you into your GPG key on login so you will never need to input your password once logged on to your system. Check the repo and directions out here.
urlview- outputs urls in mail to browser.
Neomutt user interface
To give you an example of the interface, here's an idea:
m- send mail (uses your default
u- vim-like bindings to go down and up (or
uto go down/up a page).
l- open mail, or attachment page or attachment
h- the opposite of
R- reply/reply all to highlighted mail
s- save selected mail or selected attachment
gfollowed by another letter to change mailbox:
Copy: follow them with one of the mailbox letters above, i.e.
MSmeans "move to Spam".
ifollowed by a number 1-9 to go to a different account. If you add 9 accounts via mutt-wizard, they will each be assigned a number.
ato add address/person to abook and
Tabwhile typing address to complete one from book.
?- see all keyboard shortcuts
ctrl-k- move up and down in sidebar,
ctrl-b- open a menu to select a url you want to open in you browser.
New stuff and improvements since the original release
offlineimapas the backend. Offlineimap was error-prone, bloated, used obsolete Python 2 modules and required separate steps to install the system.
mwis now an installed program instead of just a script needed to be kept in your mutt folder.
dialogis no longer used (le bloat) and the interface is simply text commands.
- More autogenerated shortcuts that allow quickly moving and copying mail between boxes.
- More elegant attachment handling. Image/video/pdf attachments without relying on the neomutt instance.
- abook integration by default.
- The messy template files and other directories have been moved or removed, leaving a clean config folder.
- msmtp configs moved to
~/.config/and mail default location moved to
~/.local/share/mail/, reducing mess in
passis used as a password manager instead of separately saving passwords.
- Script is POSIX sh compliant.
- Error handling for the many people who don't read or follow directions. Less errors generally.
- Addition of a manual
Help the Project!
- Try mutt-wizard out on weird machines and weird email addresses and report any errors.
- Open a PR to add new server information into
domains.csvso their users can more easily use mutt-wizard.
- If nothing else, Donate!
See Luke's website here. Email him at email@example.com.
mutt-wizard is free/libre software, licensed under the GPLv3.
Details for Tinkerers
- The critical
neomuttfiles are in
- Put whatever global settings you want in
muttrc. mutt-wizard will add some lines to this file which you shouldn't remove unless you know what you're doing, but you can move them up/down over your personal config lines if you need to. If you get binding conflict errors in mutt, you might need to do this.
- Each of the accounts that mutt-wizard generates will have custom settings set in a separate file in
accounts/. You can edit these freely if you want to tinker with settings specific to an account.
/usr/share/mutt-wizardare several global config files, including
mutt-wizard's default settings. You can overwride this in your
muttrcif you wish.
Watch out for these things:
- Gmail accounts can now create 'App Password' to use with """less secure""" applications. This password is single use (ie. for setup) and will be stored and encrypted locally. Enabling third-party applications requires turning off two-factor authentication and this will circumvent that. You might also need to manually "Enable IMAP" in the settings.
- Protonmail accounts will require you to set up "Protonmail Bridge" to access PM's IMAP and SMTP servers. Configure that before running mutt-wizard. Note that when mutt-wizard asks for a password, you should put in your bridge password, not your account password.
- Protonmail bridge is prone to timing out. Watch out for this while adding an account. If the bridge times out, try again. It might help to increase the timeout in your
- If you have a university email, or enterprise-hosted email for work, there might be other hurdles or two-factor authentication you have to jump through. Some, for example, will want you to create a separate IMAP password, etc.
isyncis not fully UTF-8 compatible, so non-Latin characters may be garbled (although sync should succeed).
mwwill also not autocreate mailbox shortcuts since it is looking for English mailbox names. I strongly recommend you to set your email language to English on your mail server to avoid these problems.
Mac OS/ BSDcompatibility (the script is confirmed to work for Mac OS and FreeBSD now) Out-of-the-box compatibility with Protonmail Bridge(I believe this is done, but more bug-testing is welcome since I don't have PM)