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mutt - The Mutt Mail User Agent
mutt [-nRyzZ] [-e cmd] [-F file] [-m type] [-f file]
mutt [-Enx] [-e cmd] [-F file] [-H file] [-i file] [-s subj] [-b addr]
[-c addr] [-a file [...] --] addr|mailto_url [...]
mutt [-nx] [-e cmd] [-F file] [-s subj] [-b addr] [-c addr] [-a file
[...] --] addr|mailto_url [...] < message
mutt [-n] [-e cmd] [-F file] -p
mutt [-n] [-e cmd] [-F file] -A alias
mutt [-n] [-e cmd] [-F file] -Q query
Mutt is a small but very powerful text based program for reading and
sending electronic mail under unix operating systems, including support
for color terminals, MIME, OpenPGP, and a threaded sorting mode.
Note: This manual page gives a brief overview of mutt's command line
options. You should find a copy of the full manual in
/usr/share/doc/mutt, in text, HTML, and/or PDF format.
An expanded version of the given alias is passed to stdout.
-a file [...]
Attach a file to your message using MIME. When attaching single
or multiple files, separating filenames and recipient addresses
with "--" is mandatory, e.g. mutt -a image.jpg -- addr1 or mutt
-a img.jpg *.png -- addr1 addr2. The -a option must be placed
at the end of command line options.
Specify a blind-carbon-copy (BCC) recipient
Specify a carbon-copy (CC) recipient
If mutt was compiled with +DEBUG log debugging output to
~/.muttdebug0. Level can range from 1-5 and effects verbosity.
A value of 2 is recommended.
-D Print the value of all configuration options to stdout.
-E Causes the draft file specified by -H or include file specified
by -i to be edited during message composition.
Specify a configuration command to be run after processing of
Specify which mailbox to load.
Specify an initialization file to read instead of ~/.muttrc
-h Display help.
Specify a draft file which contains header and body to use to
send a message.
Specify a file to include into the body of a message.
specify a default mailbox type for newly created folders.
-n Causes Mutt to bypass the system configuration file.
-p Resume a postponed message.
Query a configuration variables value. The query is executed
after all configuration files have been parsed, and any commands
given on the command line have been executed.
-R Open a mailbox in read-only mode.
Specify the subject of the message.
-v Display the Mutt version number and compile-time definitions.
-vv Display license and copyright information.
-x Emulate the mailx compose mode.
-y Start Mutt with a listing of all mailboxes specified by the
-z When used with -f, causes Mutt not to start if there are no mes-
sages in the mailbox.
-Z Causes Mutt to open the first mailbox specified by the mailboxes
command which contains new mail.
-- Treat remaining arguments as addr even if they start with a
dash. See also "-a" above.
EDITOR Specifies the editor to use if VISUAL is unset.
EMAIL The user's e-mail address.
HOME Full path of the user's home directory.
MAIL Full path of the user's spool mailbox.
Full path of the user's spool mailbox if MAIL is unset. Com-
monly used when the spool mailbox is a maildir (5) folder.
Path to search for mailcap files.
If this variable is set, mailcap are always used without prompt-
Directory in which the user's PGP public keyring can be found.
When used with the original PGP program, mutt and pgpring (1)
rely on this being set.
TMPDIR Directory in which temporary files are created.
Default Reply-To address.
VISUAL Specifies the editor to use when composing messages.
~/.muttrc or ~/.mutt/muttrc
User configuration file.
System-wide configuration file.
Temporary files created by Mutt.
User definition for handling non-text MIME types.
System definition for handling non-text MIME types.
User's personal mapping between MIME types and file extensions.
System mapping between MIME types and file extensions.
The privileged dotlocking program.
The Mutt manual.
None. Mutts have fleas, not bugs.
Suspend/resume while editing a file with an external editor does not
work under SunOS 4.x if you use the curses lib in /usr/5lib. It does
work with the S-Lang library, however.
Resizing the screen while using an external pager causes Mutt to go
haywire on some systems.
Suspend/resume does not work under Ultrix.
The help line for the index menu is not updated if you change the bind-
ings for one of the functions listed while Mutt is running.
For a more up-to-date list of bugs, errm, fleas, please visit the mutt
project's bug tracking system under https://git-
This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but
WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MER-
CHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General
Public License for more details.
curses(3), mailcap(5), maildir(5), mbox(5), mutt_dotlock(1), muttrc(5),
ncurses(3), sendmail(1), smail(1).
Mutt Home Page: http://www.mutt.org/
The Mutt manual
Michael Elkins, and others. Use <email@example.com> to contact the
Unix January 2009 mutt(1)