MailMate
MailMate
1.12.5

4.4

MailMate free download for Mac

MailMate

1.12.5
27 May 2019

Mail client designed exclusively for IMAP.

Overview

MailMate is an ambitious, powerful email client for OS X. It is designed for and only supports IMAP while still working in full when offline. MailMate has state-of-the-art searching capabilities and correspondingly advanced smart mailboxes. Extensive keyboard control and dynamic signatures ensure a highly efficient workflow when reading and answering emails. Alternative message viewer layouts and a browser-inspired design ensure easy and rapid access to related messages.

Features
  • Universal mailboxes: One Inbox for all of your IMAP accounts.
  • Extensive keyboard control: Switch mailboxes or move messages using the keyboard only.
  • Advanced smart mailboxes: Make any/all combinations of other (smart) mailboxes and use any/all combinations of matching conditions.
  • Tags: Organize your emails using tags.
  • Link-searching: Search for related messages using search links.
  • Dynamic signatures: Default signature based on the history of sent messages.
  • Notifications: Multiple dock/menu bar counters and Growl notifications.
  • Mailing list support: Mailing list messages are automatically organized in smart mailboxes.
  • Alternative message views: Easily browse email statistics or use thread arcs to navigate in a message thread.
  • SpamSieve integration and full control over image blocking.
  • Support for both S/MIME and OpenPGP.
  • Support for tags using IMAP keywords for synchronization.
  • Support for Spotlight searches.

What's new in MailMate

Version 1.12.5:
New:
  • Hidden preferences file Security.plist now supports patterns to specifically control what should be signed/encrypted.
  • Special warning when following http: links in a signed/encrypted messages. This can, optionally, be suppressed.
  • Selector toggleCode: for the composer which behaves like toggleBold: and toggleItalic:.
  • Supports the IMAP LITERAL- capability (RFC7888) when using APPEND (this limits the maximum size of a non-synchronizing literal to 4096 bytes).
  • Detection and handling of the TOOBIG response code and the APPENDLIMIT= capability (IMAP).
  • Allows all types of URLs to be auto-linked. Warning when opening an "unknown" URL scheme in an external application (this can be suppressed per URL scheme).
  • MmComposerTabSize to change the tab size used in the Composer (the default is 4 and it does not affect outgoing messages in any way).

Fixes/Changes can be found in the release notes.

Requirements for MailMate

  • Intel 64
  • OS X 10.8.0 or later

67 MailMate Reviews

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Macmath17
10 September 2010

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At first I wanted to hold out and see how MailMate developed, but (a) it works much more nicely with GMail than Apple Mail (regarding Deletes, particularly); and (b) even though (as the author admits) there are a number of features he has yet to add, there are still those surprises so typical of the Macintosh (where you try something that would seem natural and it works just like you'd expect). So I couldn't hold out any longer. I also admit a bit of a selfish motive: I wanted to support its future.
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Version 0.9.2
Bub1200
24 June 2019
As I understand MailMate collects mails from all accounts into only one inbox. So I have private and work mails mixed up. There was a request in 2014 in the forum to change this but was moved to "bluesky". This makes MailMate a no-go thing. Too bad.
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Version 1.12.5
2 answer(s)
cig0
cig0
28 June 2019
Thanks a lot for taking the time to let us know, +1
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Grmpf
Grmpf
06 September 2019
MailMate NEVER mixes mails from different accounts together. Yes, there is a combined Inbox, but it is virtual. You can unfold this virtual folder to see the different inboxes as subfolders.
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Version 1.12.5
Odysseus
27 May 2019
The best, in so many big and small ways. Some may be bothered by the old-fashioned mailbox list, but beauty here goes very, very deep. This is the only email client where I can unfailingly find everything I want. It's the labor of love of one developer who gives outstanding support.
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Version 1.12.5
prmmupd
20 March 2019
Without a question my favorite mail client. Fast, PGP and SMINE integration, powerful filters, markdown, custom keybindings, good offline support, different layouts, the list goes on and on. It takes a while to get used to it but it's worth the time.
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Version 1.12.4
Nicksloan
22 February 2019
For years I wanted to use MailMate but could not because of a dependence on local mailboxes, which it does not support. Eventually I rethought my approach to message archiving, fully embraced IMAP and moved over to MailMate. It has been like the enjoyment of spring after a long winter. MM does almost everything differently, and it takes a little while to understand its ways, but having done so, a steely logic becomes apparent and infinite scope for adapting it to individual preferences. The implementation of smart mailboxes is wonderfully flexible and consistent, and the combination of those with a very sophisticated search system makes MM the perfect environment for retrieving old messages —which is most of what is involved when working with emails. Add a clean, customisable interface, a very responsive developer and rock-like stability, and you have the ideal email client.
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Version 1.12.4
Cottser
28 January 2019
Best mail client on the Mac for power users, no question. I continue to be impressed with the usefulness of MailMate's search and filter tools and in general how customizable the app is. MailMate is worth it.
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Version 1.12.4
Simon3
13 December 2018
Amazingly powerful email client, great support for markdown, and great search functions.
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Version 1.12.3
Aargl
06 October 2018
Well, I wanted to love this app, it seemed really promising, but my trial is not really convincing...
At first, I thought "Great!" when it offered to import accounts definitions from Mail or Postbox, but it didn't work well: I had to manually edit each of my 12 accounts, add the user name and check port 993 (SSL) — it didn't seem to matter whether I put my pw at this stage or not, it would ask it again (or not!) when syncing.
Sometimes "Edit account" (menu or right-click) was not responding at first try...
Once done, I had to sync the account for something to happen, it might ask once more the pw, as mentioned earlier, but in any way, it only worked if "Save in keychain" was unchecked!!! Sometimes I had to do it a few times before it works.
All this was totally impossible for Gmail: it sends me to my default browser and once accepted by Gmail, I have once more the message to send me to my default browser... (tried many times with clean profiles in Chromium, Firefox or Safari)
After relaunching the app, I had of course to reenter each pw (SBBOD when checking "Save in keychain"...) — this only will be a showstopper, for me!
Once done, the app seemed to work quite ok except I had to do it twice or more when deleting mails...
I'm giving 2 stars because I'm a good guy ;-) but it certainly doesn't suits my configuration (it might work better in recent OSes, I'm still on OS 10.9)
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Version 1.12
2 answer(s)
Freron Software
Freron Software
03 November 2018
Thanks for the review and the 2 stars despite all of your problems.

Gmail no longer works well with password-based setups and the account importer should probably enforce the use of OAuth2. I've noted to look into that. It sounds like this wasn't the only problem. I would of course be willing to debug that (use Help > Send Feedback). I'm guessing 50% of MailMate users have Gmail accounts.

Deleting twice is because you selected the account under SOURCES. This is actually a virtual folder showing all emails within that account. The first time you delete then it's moved to the trash mailbox of the account. The second time it's deleted for good. These folders were never really intended for casual work (the virtual Inbox is for that), but I've learned that many users have done like you. I might change it some day, but it's always hard to change something that other users now rely on.

The latest update should be better for setting up Gmail accounts from scratch. You should only need to enter your name and Gmail address.

I'm sorry that your MailMate experience was a bad one.
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Aargl
Aargl
03 November 2018
Thanks for your explanations! :-)
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Awado
03 October 2018
This is by far the best mail application for Mac. It's full of features and does it's job very well. I only wish it was multilingual for our clients, who are not familiar with English. But I can understand it's not an easy process doing it here.
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Version 1.12
Bytes
14 September 2018
I don't know why it took me this long to finally audition Mailmate. I have been a longtime Postbox customer but they abandoned integrating GPG since V6.0, so I searched for another email program with similar prowess. I downloaded the MailMate trial and it was quickly evident this is the email client I've always needed. Just take my money, wow this program is lean, mean, and versatile. I love the smart mailbox flexibility and after spending a few hours digging through and setting all the various options, I have now achieved email nirvana (for me). Thanks Freron Software. Spend the time folks and discover all the abilities this svelte bit of programing can do for your email work-flow.
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Version 1.12
Martin-Backschat
15 July 2018
After a long journey from Apple Mail and Airmail, trying out Spark and Postbox, I found MailMate at last. It works fine with all my accounts (including Exchange via IMAP) and is so much more reliable than the others! And it has so many wonderful features like the several layouts, correspondence view, fast access via menubar icon ( listing unread/flagged mails with quick actions), custom keybindings, Markdown in message composer, SpamSieve integration, great search capabilities (filters, speed, Spotlight support), robust offline support, and on and on.

The only thing I dislike is the message list view; it's a 2000er-style simple list that a lot of other mail client do better, e.g. Airmail and Spark. I miss swipe gestures and breaking down a message in the list into 2+ rows and showing an avatar to the left. I improved MailMate a bit for me by assigning touch gestures via BetterTouchTool and by setting the line height delta to 10 (via font settings), so that the list is much readable.

If you are fine with IMAP only, then Mailmate is a no-brainer and will make you happy.
Cudos to the developer!!
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Version 1.11.2
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4.4

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