Introduction to Mutt

The Mutt package contains a Mail User Agent. This is useful for reading, writing, replying, saving, and deleting your email.

Package information

Mutt dependencies



Installation of Mutt

Mutt requires a group named 'mail'. You can add this group, if it does not exist, with this command:

groupadd mail

If you did not install a MTA, such as Postfix-2.1.1 or Sendmail-8.12.10, you need to modify the ownership of /var/mail with this command:

chgrp mail /var/mail

Install Mutt by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr --sysconfdir=/etc &&
make &&
make install

Command explanations

--sysconfdir=/etc: This installs the configuration files into /etc instead of /usr/etc.

Configuring Mutt

Config files

/etc/Muttrc, ~/.muttrc, /etc/mime.types, ~/.mime.types

Configuration Information

No changes in these files are necessary to begin using Mutt. When you are ready to make changes, the man page for muttrc is a good starting place.

In order to utilize GnuPG, use the following command:

cat /usr/share/doc/mutt/samples/gpg.rc >> ~/.muttrc


The Mutt package contains mutt, flea, muttbug, mutt_dotlock, pgpwrap and pgpring.



mutt is a Mail User Agent (MUA) which enables you to read, write and delete your email.


flea is a bug submitter for Mutt.


muttbug is a script that executes flea.


mutt_dotlock implements the mail spool file lock.