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1) Email Clients

2) Email Utilities

3) Email Archiving Programs

4) Other Web Sites By Randy B. Singer

5) About The Author Of This Web site

Macintosh Email Software

By Randy B. Singer

The Macintosh OS comes with a very competent email client: Mail.  Mail is by far the most popular email client among Macintosh users…but it isn’t popular with all of them.  Recent versions of Mail have eschewed the familiar interface that many users preferred, and there have been some notable bugs in Mail.  The worst of these bugs has been an unfortunate tendency for Mail under Catalina to lose some users’ data.

So, a certain number of Macintosh users have been in the market for a different email client.  One that is more stable,  or one with a nicer interface or which includes esoteric features, or maybe simply one that is better supported than Apple’s Mail.  (Sometimes small developers can deliver really quickly in response to bug reports or requests for new features.)

This Web site lists all of the third party (non-Apple) email clients that I know of that are currently available for download.

★★★ These applications/services have been especially popular with users and/or reviewers and might be worth extra consideration. Note that this is not a review site.  Products without this mark are likely to still be excellent, and any one of them might be the perfect choice for your needs.  Most offer a free demo.  Checking out the free demo of a few likely candidates is probably the best way to choose the right program for you.

(NOTE: Any discrepancies between the prices listed here, and the pricing on the developer's Web site, or the Apple Store, are irrelevant.  The price you should expect to pay for a product is the one that the developer asks you to pay, not the one listed here.)


AirMail ($3/month or $10/year)
(Supports both POP and IMAP.  AirMail will connect to an Exchange server.)

Alpine (free)
(Not plug and play.  Requires some building.)

Canary ($20)
(Does encrypted mail. Works with Exchange. IMAP only.)

GyazMail ($18)  ★★★
(Supports both POP and IMAP.  Very much like a slightly older version of Apple’s Mail that many users still pine for.  Stable and well supported.  Web site hasn’t been updated much for years, but application is fully up to date.)

HogWasher ($36)
(A supremely powerful newsgroup reader combined with full e-mail capabilities.)

Inky (several versions-subscription)
(Inky offers a version that will connect to an Exchange server. IMAP only. Uses encryption for high security.
Designed and priced for large offices.)

Kiwi for Gmail (free/$30)
(Gmail and Google Suite for the desktop.)

Mail Pilot (monthly fee)
(IMAP only.)

MailMate ($50) ★★★
(IMAP only.  Lots of previous Eudora users say good things about this program.)

MailPlane ($30)
(Allows you to manage all of your Google Gmail, Calendar and Contacts accounts in one window.)

MailSmith (free)

Mulberry (free, open source)

Mutt (free, open source)
(Both POP and IMAP supported.)

Outlook (Requires that you subscribe to Microsoft Office 365 to get it)

PolarBar Mailer  (free, open source)
Java download:
(A free open-source Java e-mail client that is surprisingly full-featured.  Both POP and IMAP support. You must download and install Java for PolarBar to work.)

Postbox ($49 for a lifetime license) ★★★
(Both POP and IMAP supported. This seems to be the consensus most popular alternative to Mail.)

PowerMail ($58)
(Not compatible with macOS 10.15 Catalina or later.  Both IMAP and POP supported.  Comes with the excellent SpamSieve anti-spam software.)

SeaMonkey (free)
(Part of a suite of Internet applications.)

Spark (free/$8/month)
(The business model of Spark is to give away the single user version and sell an extended version targeted to teams and businesses.  IMAP only?)

Thunderbird (free, open source) ★★★
This open source project seems to have found a renewed enthusiasm.  It is well worth a look.
(Includes calendar. Cross platform.)

Unibox ($14)
(Works with Exchange.  IMAP only.)

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Apple’s Mail Settings Lookup
(Put in your e-mail address and the site will give you the settings to use in Apple’s Mail.  May be useful for other email clients as well.)

SpamSieve ($30) ★★★
(The built-in anti-spam filtering in most e-mail programs doesn't work very well.  You can waste an awful lot of time dealing with spam each day.  SpamSieve does an almost magical job of sorting spam into its own folder to be looked at and erased at your leisure.)

Emailchemy ($30) ★★★
(Converts email files from just about any email program to work perfectly in any other email program!  Even works with proprietary email formats.  This program makes migrating from one email program to another a snap!)

Nisus InfoClick ($15)
(A powerful e-mail search tool for Apple's Mail.)

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EagleFiler ($40)

Email Archiver ($55)

Email Archiver Pro ($40)

Mail Archiver X ($45)

Email Backup Pro (free)
Free license code:
(No longer being supported or developed.)

MailSteward ($25/$50/$100)

Outlook Exchange Accounts Optimizer
(Automatically moves messages from your Outlook Exchange account to a replicated structure within Outlook local folders.)

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Other Web pages by Randy B. Singer that might be of interest to Macintosh users:

Macintosh Routine Maintenance

Macintosh Slowdown Solutions

Macintosh Beachballs!

Macintosh Word Processors

Macintosh Accounting Programs

Upgrading To The Latest Macintosh OS

Free Or Inexpensive Macintosh Software

If you have any additions to this Web site to suggest
I would very much appreciate hearing your suggestions.
Send them to:
Randy B. Singer

About The Author Of This Web Site

Randy B. Singer is:

- The head of the MacAttorney User Group
with, at this writing, close to 10,000 members!

- A co-author of The Macintosh Bible (4th, 5th and 6th editions);

- Author of the ABA publication:
The Macintosh Software Guide for the Law Office

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