Mailsmith
Mailsmith
2.4.3

3.6

Mailsmith free download for Mac

Mailsmith

2.4.3
12 June 2018

Robust email client from the makers of BBEdit, now free.

Overview

Mailsmith is a Internet email client for Mac OS X which offers unparalleled filtering, searching, editing and scripting capabilities. In addition to the strides made in these areas, Mailsmith breaks new ground in making powerful email-handling capabilities accessible to users of all levels.

Features
  • Compatibility: Standards-based
  • Multi-threaded processing
  • Distributed Filters
  • Approximate ("fuzzy") searching
  • Advanced Querying for Mail: including options for using 'grep' pattern matching
  • Powerful OSA scripting:
  • Advanced text composition
  • Integrated Spelling Checker
  • Develop your own Mailsmith Plug-ins
  • Integration with Internet Config System

What's new in Mailsmith

Version 2.4.3:

Note: Now requires OS X 10.9.5 or later.

Fixes:
  • A latent bug in which some internal application data was stomped during application startup.
  • A bug in which parsing of RFC822 commented-format email addresses (e.g. user@example.com (User Name)) didn't work correctly.
  • Nonfunctional printing.
  • Broken font panel behavior when running on macOS 10.12.

73 Mailsmith Reviews

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Penguirl
21 August 2010

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After reading all of your comments ProgramHappy I think you should consider changing your nic to ProgramUnhappy.
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Version 2.2.5
kingjj
20 September 2015
Have been using 2.4 for a while now, both in pre-release (which I never had a bug to report), and this release build. And it remains awesome. For those who need it spelled out, it's BBEdit, minus the coding features, for free. So if you used BBEdit for word processing (like myself), it's a pretty wonderful thing. As a cherry on top, it's also probably the best POP app for OSX. It has a ridiculously robust feature set for both text editing, and e-mailing. As stated in my review below, if all of that means nothing to you, then Apple's Mail app is probably just fine for your purposes. For the rest of us, Mailsmith is the biggest bargin the Mac has to offer.
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Version 2.4
Shock-J
18 September 2015
MacUpdate needs to remove the tagline, "Robust email client from the makers of BBEdit." Barebones, the makers of BBEdit, transferred ownership of Mailsmith to Stickshift Software in 2009!! To continue to "tout" this app as a Barebones product is ridiculous and misleading.
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Version 2.4
antonm
02 July 2015
Tried it, didn't like it. The user interface looks like it was designed to around the time Mac OS X 10.2 or 10. 3. It looks like Mailsmith only supports the antiquated POP protocol as I cannot find any support for IMAP or Exchange protocols in Mailsmith's accounts section. The product hasn't been updated since 2011 so I can only assume that the developer is no longer supporting the product and that partly the reason why it is free now. A reviewer below (kingjj) said that this product was to the most expensive Mac mail client around before the license was changed to free. If I had of paid for this product I would be slightly cheesed off with the last of basic level of support for standard email protocols.
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Version 2.3.1
wickedsp1d3r
24 June 2015
Confusing and un-user friendly as a whole. Even the latest pre-release version crashes every minute or so. Trashed and doubt if I'll give it another try.
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Version 2.3.1
Pjot
27 October 2014
Doesn't open in Yosemite.
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Version 2.3.1
2 answer(s)
kingjj
kingjj
10 February 2015
You could try the pre-release version:
http://www.mailsmith.org/files/mailsmith-2.4_461.dmg
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kingjj
kingjj
20 April 2015
Just to confirm, that pre-release version does indeed work with 10.10.2
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kingjj
21 December 2013
What used to be the most expensive e-mail client available, is now the cheapest (free, even). And, for someone like me who's always wanted to become a Mailsmith user but found myself in the wrong tax bracket, this is very good news. I can put what's attractive about Mailsmith very succinctly, as it gives you most the text editing powers of BBEdit (which are many) in an e-mail client. If that sentence means nothing to you, then you probably won't care about Mailsmith. Like BBEdit, it's spartan and utilitarian. But like me and the thousands of other BBEdit users, we only care about what's under the hood. Now with that said, there's a few things that bug me about the program. The inability to reorganize the mailbox list or toolbar is a little bothersome, and I wouldn't call it's functionality exactly intuitive. But then again, having multiple clipboards and hot-keyed clippings more than make up for it, so I'll chose not to sweat the small stuff. Also in interest of full disclosure, I feel I should mention it's spam filtering capabilities are limited. This is a feature not terribly important to me, but others seem to live and die by it. They do include a demo of SpamSieve as a consolation (which I find more annoying than spam itself. Luckily, being an old Powermail user, I've learned to turn that thing off in a quick hurry). But I've found the in-program filtering to be sufficient. Anyway, if you've read this far, you should at least give it a try. Like BBEdit, there's a bit of a learning curve. But there's numerous rewards for riding that curve out. If you're serious about your e-mail composition, this program is as serious as you.
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Version 2.3.1
MacDefender
21 October 2011
I really love MailSmith and hope that it stay what it is: A tool for the pros. There are enough tool/apps with blinking elements and funny popups but without all the features needed by the pros. Mailsmith is the ONLY mail program I know (and I have tested a lot if not all for Mac) that can handle my 420 SMTP accounts combined with just 1 POP3 account. It can pass all my mails through my own scripts using the shell. It's one of really few clients that displays raw content without all these stupid HTML-Elements. If you request HTML you also want to have a build security hole. I don't want my mail in HTML. And Mailsmith is really fast. I have over 5000 mails in my archives and can search in < 30sec in all these mails for any term. Summed up: Mailsmith is for the pros. If you search an 'app' don't use this as this program provides features not fun. Without some knowledge in POP3,SMTP,Shell,RegEx.. you possibly even don't know what to do with all these features. Bought this years ago for a lot of money and although it's free now I don't regret that I payed for it.
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Version 2.3.1
1 answer(s)
Michael-Vilain
Michael-Vilain
17 May 2012
The BIG disqualifier for me years ago was no IMAP support. Seems the final version also doesn't do IMAP. Oh well. Eudora and now Mailsmith. Pity.
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Pacman
16 April 2011
This kind of user-interface (whereever that is!) makes me angry. Sluggish, impossible to find the functionality you're looking for (eg. setting up accounts), etc. Everything is malplaced and slow. Won't recommend.
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Version 2.3.1
3 answer(s)
Jd1
Jd1
01 May 2011
Stoneman replied on 12 Apr 2011 >All too true. And don't hold your breath waiting >for it to change, especially now that it is >freeware. No need to hold breath. Hey presto... Rich Siegel (MailSmith owner) wrote on Apr 12, 2:09 am A new public release of Mailsmith is now available; version 2.3.1 includes a couple of bug fixes.
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Espiridion
Espiridion
29 June 2011
"impossible to find the functionality you're looking for (eg. setting up accounts)" As they say, Read The Friendly Manual ;) It took me a few seconds to find the instructions in page 14. I have not read that section, but I got "lucky" and found this functionality under Window>Accounts. Many years ago I did read parts of the manual regarding searching, filtering, scripting, etc. You could also try the Help. It clearly shows how to set up your accounts.
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Francisco-Medina-Espinosa
Francisco-Medina-Espinosa
01 March 2012
There is fortunately a wide variety of email clients for everyone needs and preferences. I've been a Mailsmith user for some time now and I feel very happy with it; it's very powerful when it comes to filtering and text editing. I noticed a great difference when I had to deal with thousand of e-mails. I recently have switched, especially due to its high speed search capabilities, to PowerMail, but Mailsmith is still a great piece of software. There are excellent email clients, not so sophisticated as Mailsmith and PowerMail, but which do the work. It's a matter of being confortable with the tools you chose. If Mailsmith does not suit your needs, it's ok for you to find other alternatives. I also like GyazMail.
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Lee123
12 April 2011
It is my understanding that this email client will Not do IMAP. Is this true? Obviously this would be a disadvantage to people that use imap (this should be everyone btw).
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Version 2.3.1
4 answer(s)
Sherman-Wilcox
Sherman-Wilcox
12 April 2011
This kind of made me giggle: not doing IMAP is a disadvantage to people who use IMAP. Well, yeah... Seriously, though, if Mailsmith was your favorite email app (and it was for me), you should take a look at MailMate. It's IMAP-only, and very powerful, stable, and actively developed.
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Lee123
Lee123
12 April 2011
@wilcox, ya that is worded oddly, I seem to be good at that. Seriously though, I have IMAP and POP3 accounts for my email so I need an email client that does both obviously.
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Sherman-Wilcox
Sherman-Wilcox
12 April 2011
@Lee123 at this point then MailMate won't work for you, because it's IMAP only. Too bad, because it's good stuff.
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Pacman
Pacman
13 April 2011
Whenever I used IMAP, I always found it cumbersome and awkward. I've used POP for 12 years now, and am using it on my own mail servers; I still find POP the best (for me), so I don't need IMAP.
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B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
28 December 2010
Mailsmith has gotten better, not the least because it's now free. But it still has some quirks that bother me. To begin with, it will display an HTML message only as an attachment, which means extra clicks and windows to deal with. Also, mail message window size is inconsistent and after considerable experimentation in the preferences I could find no way to standardize it. Among the application's strengths is support for SpamSeive, a robust spam filter. Other than window width, the interface is quite flexible, though there appears to be no way to customize the menu bar. It is another program, like Text Wrangler, that BareBones has set free, for which I commend them. It remains to be seen if the "new" company in charge of it will continue development.
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Version 2.3
Free

3.6

App requirements: 
  • Intel 32
  • OS X 10.9.5 or later
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