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Manual Reference Pages  - mutt-ng (1)


mutt-ng - The Mutt-ng Mail User Agent


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muttng [-GnRyzZ] [-e cmd] [-F file] [-g server] [-m type] [-f file]

muttng [-nx] [-e cmd] [-a file] [-F file] [-H file] [-i file] [-s subj] [-b addr] [-c addr] addr [...]

muttng [-n] [-e cmd] [-F file] [-t | -T]

muttng [-n] [-e cmd] [-F file] -p

muttng [-n] [-e cmd] [-F file] -Q query

muttng [-n] [-e cmd] [-F file] -A alias

muttng -v[v]


Mutt-ng is a small but very powerful text based program for reading electronic mail under unix operating systems, including support color terminals, MIME, and a threaded sorting mode.


-A alias An expanded version of the given alias is passed to stdout.
-a file Attach a file to your message using MIME.
-b address Specify a blind-carbon-copy (BCC) recipient
-c address Specify a carbon-copy (CC) recipient
-t Print the value of all variables to stdout.
-T Print the value of all changed variables to stdout.
-e command Specify a configuration command to be run after processing of initialization files.
-f mailbox Specify which mailbox to load.
-F muttngrc Specify an initialization file to read instead of ~/.muttngrc
-g server Start Mutt-ng with a listing of subscribed newsgroups at specified newsserver.
-G Start Mutt-ng with a listing of subscribed newsgroups.
-d Specify a debugging level. This will cause muttng to create .muttngdebug<level> files which include debugging information.
-h Display help.
-H draft Specify a draft file which contains header and body to use to send a message.
-i include Specify a file to include into the body of a message.
-m type specify a default mailbox type
-n Causes Mutt-ng to bypass the system configuration file.
-p Resume a postponed message.
-Q query 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.
-s subject Specify the subject of the message.
-v Display the Mutt-ng version number and compile-time definitions.
-x Emulate the mailx compose mode.
-y Start Mutt-ng with a listing of all mailboxes specified by the mailboxes command.
-z When used with -f, causes Mutt-ng not to start if there are no messages in the mailbox.
-Z Causes Mutt-ng to open the first mailbox specified by the mailboxes command which contains new mail.


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.
MAILDIR Full path of the user’s spool mailbox. Commonly used when the spool mailbox is a maildir (5) folder.
MAILCAPS Path to search for mailcap files.
MM_NOASK If this variable is set, mailcap are always used without prompting first.
PGPPATH Directory in which the user’s PGP public keyring can be found.
TMPDIR Directory in which temporary files are created.
REPLYTO Default Reply-To address.
VISUAL Specifies the editor to use when composing messages.


~/.muttngrc or ~/.muttng/muttngrc User configuration file.
/usr/local/etc/Muttngrc System-wide configuration file.
/tmp/muttXXXXXX Temporary files created by Mutt-ng.
~/.mailcap User definition for handling non-text MIME types.
/usr/local/etc/mailcap System definition for handling non-text MIME types.
~/.mime.types User’s personal mapping between MIME types and file extensions.
/usr/local/etc/mime.types System mapping between MIME types and file extensions.
/usr/local/bin/muttng_dotlock The privileged dotlocking program.
/usr/local/share/doc/mutt-ng/manual.txt The Mutt-ng 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-ng 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 bindings for one of the functions listed while Mutt-ng is running.

For a more up-to-date list of bugs, errm, fleas, please visit the mutt-ng project’s bug tracking system under To report a bug, please use the fleang(1) program.


This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.


curses(3), fleang(1), mailcap(5), maildir(5), mbox(5), muttng_dotlock(1), muttngrc(5), ncurses(3), sendmail(1), smail(1)

Mutt-ng Home Page:

The Mutt-ng manual:

The GNU General Public License.


Original mutt was/is written Michael Elkins, and others.

Mutt-ng is written by Andreas Krennmair <> and others.

Use <> to contact the developers.

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