Why do you use Mailpile?


So, one thing I’m curious about… why do people use Mailpile? Let’s see how polls work on this thing!

Why do you use Mailpile?

  • For the search engine!
  • For the tags!
  • I wanted a self-hosted web-mail
  • I wanted something like GMail, but without spying
  • I like how it handles PGP encryption
  • I wanted an e-mail client I could hack and change

0 voters


Self-learning tags (I assume it’s Bayesian but I haven’t actually checked the code) are something I’ve wanted for a long time. Ever since I understood how spam filters (i.e. many years ago) I’ve thought “why can’t I do this for more than just spam?”.

There was once a Thunderbird add-on that did it, but it was abandoned years ago. I don’'t have the time/skill to write a mail client with that function myself, so when I saw Mailpile had it, well I figured it was worth a go :slight_smile:


I should have added an option for folks to say “not using it yet…” - I’m also of course curious what keeps people from giving Mailpile a try. I’m aware for many it will be the lack of Windows or Mac packages, but other reasons would interest me as well.


Exactly. Waiting for Win package :frowning:


Well I am quite happy with it as I use linux however I’d love to have it on my folks computer as I seen any other apps that make pgp so seamless (they use gmail so would really really like to have those conversations enc).
regardless, thanks for MP! When the mac and win versions are ready we should really bug boing boing, they are really supportive of things like MP and few sites have more relevant traffic.


I came to this project originally because I wanted something self hosted (to avoid spying) that still let me use tags. While following development I came to appreciate that there’s a decent search engine behind it and some of the more innovative features like the learning tags and seamless pgp encryption.

I’m more of a designer and not a coder, so at some stage I’m looking forward to trying my hand at making Mailpile a modern, beautiful theme (although I have to say that it’s current incarnation is pretty damn decent for programmer design…)


Thanks! A designer (Brennan Novak) was part of the project during its first year or so. Since then I’ve been doing my best not to (badly) break his work.