mutt − The Mutt Mail User Agent

     mutt [−nRyzZ] [−e cmd] [−F file] [−m type] [−f file]

     mutt [−Enx] [−e cmd] [−F file] [−H file] [−i file] [−s
subj] [−b addr] [−c addr] [−a file [...] −−] addr|mailto_url

     mutt [−nx] [−e cmd] [−F file] [−s subj] [−b addr] [−c
addr] [−a file [...] −−] addr|mailto_url [...]  < message

     mutt [−n] [−e cmd] [−F file] −p

     mutt [−n] [−e cmd] [−F file] −A alias

     mutt [−n] [−e cmd] [−F file] −Q query

     mutt −v[v]

     mutt −D

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

     Note: This manual page gives a brief overview of mutt’s
command line options. You should find a copy of the full
manual in /usr/share/doc/mutt, in text, HTML, and/or PDF

‐A alias
     An expanded version of the given alias is passed to

‐a file [...]
     Attach a file to your message using MIME.  When
     attaching single or multiple files, separating
     filenames and recipient addresses with "−−" is
     mandatory, e.g. mutt −a image.jpg −− addr1 or mutt −a
     img.jpg *.png −− addr1 addr2.  The −a option must be
     placed at the end of command line options.

‐b address
     Specify a blind‐carbon‐copy (BCC) recipient


‐c address
     Specify a carbon‐copy (CC) recipient

‐d level
     If mutt was compiled with +DEBUG log debugging output
     to ~/.muttdebug0.  Level can range from 1‐5 and effects
     verbosity. A value of 2 is recommended.

‐D   Print the value of all configuration options to stdout.

‐E   Causes the draft file specified by ‐H or include file
     specified by ‐i to be edited during message

‐e command
     Specify a configuration command to be run after
     processing of initialization files.

‐f mailbox
     Specify which mailbox to load.

‐F muttrc
     Specify an initialization file to read instead of

‐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 for newly created

‐n   Causes Mutt 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 version number and compile‐time

‐vv  Display license and copyright information.

‐x   Emulate the mailx compose mode.

‐y   Start Mutt with a listing of all mailboxes specified by
     the mailboxes command.

‐z   When used with −f, causes Mutt not to start if there
     are no messages in the mailbox.

‐Z   Causes Mutt to open the first mailbox specified by the
     mailboxes command which contains new mail.

‐‐   Treat remaining arguments as addr even if they start
     with a dash.  See also "−a" above.

     Specifies the editor to use if VISUAL is unset.

     The user’s e‐mail address.

HOME Full path of the user’s home directory.

MAIL Full path of the user’s spool mailbox.

     Full path of the user’s spool mailbox if MAIL is unset.
     Commonly used when the spool mailbox is a maildir(5)

     Path to search for mailcap files.

     If this variable is set, mailcap are always used
     without prompting first.

     Directory in which the user’s PGP public keyring can be
     found.  When used with the original PGP program, mutt
     and mutt_pgpring(1) rely on this being set.

     Directory in which temporary files are created.

     Default Reply‐To address.


     Specifies the editor to use when composing messages.

~/.muttrc or ~/.mutt/muttrc
     User configuration file.

     System‐wide configuration file.

     Temporary files created by Mutt.

     User definition for handling non‐text MIME types.

     System definition for handling non‐text MIME types.

     User’s personal mapping between MIME types and file

     System mapping between MIME types and file extensions.

     The privileged dotlocking program.

     The Mutt 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,

     Resizing the screen while using an external pager
causes Mutt 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 is running.


     For a more up‐to‐date list of bugs, errm, fleas, please
visit the mutt project’s bug tracking system under

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be
useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied
PURPOSE.  See the GNU General Public License for more

     Mutt Home Page:

     The Mutt manual

     Michael Elkins, and others.  Use <mutt‐> to
contact the developers.