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VacuumMail is an AppleScript application that performs the "vacuum" command on Apple Mail's underlying SQLite EnvelopeIndex database. This must not be done while Mail is running, so VacuumMail will first check to see if Mail is running and if so, it will close Mail (giving you a chance to opt out, of course!). If Mail was running when the process begins, VacuumMail will restart Mail when it's finished, and will let you know how much it was able to compact the database.

VacuumMail is designed to be incorporated into an automated maintenance routine and run at regular intervals. This is the purpose for the Launch Agent more...

What's New

Version 0.96: The latest release corrects a bug in the installer introduced in VacuumMail 0.9.5. The new version, 0.9.6, ensures that the /Users/Shared folder retains the correct permissions after the installer runs. There are no other changes in this release. If youve installed VacuumMail 0.9.5, you can use DiskUtility to check and fix permissions on your system, or run the new installer.


Mac OS X 10.4 or later

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Negritude Member IconComment+1082

The download link is dead.

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Version 0.9.6

Actually reachable here:

Leon Azul

This needs to be brought up-to-date. For all intents and purposes, the domain 'homepage.mac.com' no longer exists as of 30 June 2012.

VacuumMail is indeed useful, but for versions 4.5 of Mail and later, it sometimes expands the database (not necessarily a bad thing) rather than merely trimming it.

As this MacUpdate page notes, it is 'discontinued'. Yet for those who are still running Tiger or Leopard, it is worthwhile to seek this out.

Macnerd1984 Member IconComment+291

I love this little app. It's bare bones, bloat free and does it's job perfectly. Something about the little message at the end: "Keeping Mail fit and trim!" always makes me laugh too - It's just so funnily absurd. I can't say that this app suddenly turned mail into a speed demon (I archive and delete messages every 3 months) but it has sped it up noticeably when launching.
Hasn't been updated for a long time, which does make you wonder if it'll work every time an OS update comes out, but since it just runs a UNIX command, I guess it's unlikely to break. Anyway, worth downloading to save a few Meg of drive space and keep Mail running sweetly.

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Version 0.9.6
Drdul Member IconReview+448

I just switched to a Mac from Windows, and from Outlook to Apple Mail (via Outlook2Mac). Being the paranoid tinfoil-hat-wearing person that I am, I keep an archive of three years worth of mail. VacuumMail saved my bacon, as Apple Mail was choking on the huge number of message I imported and then started moving around. I use it regularly (it also runs automatically) to keep Mail "fit and trim." Highly recommended!

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Version 0.9.6

Same here, I've used this app for a long time and love it.

"No, I can't throw that out, what if I need that in six months!"

Tuishimi Member IconReview+46

Works as advertised and my mail runs faster and smoother. Not only that, since I ran this I no longer suffer from the "can't connect to server" problem with mail!!! I don't know if it is coincidence or something else, but I don't care. I am so happy I don't have to go offline/online all the time now.

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Version 0.9.5
appledogx Member IconReview+146

WOW!!! Incredible and surprising. Mail was a bit sluggish to start on my Mac for many months. After running this quick utility, now it starts up in two seconds maximum!!!!

This product is an example of simplicity being elegance. Kudos to the author.

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Version 0.9
Ean Member IconReview+223

Fantastic. Does its job quickly and Mail is now noticeably faster launching and navigating around mailboxes. A progress bar and prettier dialogs would be nice, but the 'architectural' design, complete with launchd support, is superb.

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Version 0.9
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Downloads 6,721
Version Downloads 5,435
License Free
Date 19 Apr 2007
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price Free