Alternatives to Apple Mail for all platforms with any license

  • Thunderbird icon


    Thunderbird is a free, open source, cross-platform e-mail, news and instant messaging client. The project strategy is modeled after...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD Haiku

  • Inbox by Gmail icon

    Inbox by Gmail

    Built on everything that we've learned from Gmail, Inbox is a fresh start that goes beyond email to help you get back to what...

    Free Web / Cloud Android iPhone Chrome OS iPad Chrome

  • Mailbird icon


    The Best Email Client for Windows 7, 8 & 10 - Mailbird is more than just another email client. It's an all-in-one...

    Freemium Windows

  • eM Client icon

    eM Client

    Fully functional alternative to Microsoft Outlook, including native interoperability with Exchange servers.

    Free Personal Windows

  • Postbox icon


    Postbox is an email application that helps you organize your work life and get stuff done. It has all the elegance and simplicity...

    Commercial Mac Windows

  • Opera Mail icon

    Opera Mail

    Opera Mail powerfully organizes, indexes, and sorts your messages. It has spam filtering (both automated and Bayesian), supports...

    Free Mac Windows

  • Evolution icon


    Evolution is the official personal information manager and workgroup information management tool for GNOME. It combines e-mail...

    Open Source Linux BSD GNOME

  • Nylas N1 icon

    Nylas N1

    N1 is an email client designed to be friendly and easy to use but also powerful and highly extensible. It works "out of the...

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Self-Hosted

  • Geary icon


    Geary is an email application built for GNOME 3. It allows you to read and send email with a simple, modern interface.

    Open Source Linux BSD GNOME

  • Airmail icon


    Airmail is a lightweight and lightning fast mail client for Mac. Feature list: Accounts: - Unified Inbox and folders - Multi...

    Commercial Mac iPhone iPad Apple Watch

  • Inky icon


    End-to-End Encrypted Email that is a Delight to Use, on all devices, with all email accounts.

    Commercial Mac Windows Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad

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  • EssentialPIM icon


    EssentialPIM lets you manage appointments, tasks, notes, contacts, password entries and email messages across multiple devices and...

    Freemium Windows Android iPhone

  • The Bat icon

    The Bat

    The Bat! is a secure email client software, built to protect your correspondence against third-parties.

    Commercial Windows

  • Sparrow icon

    Sparrow Discontinued

    Sparrow is a minimalist mail application for Mac. It was designed to keep things simple and efficient. No fancy stuff here... just...

    Commercial Mac iPhone

  • Mutt icon


    Mutt is a small but very powerful text-based mail client for Unix operating systems. Some of its features are: color support, message...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Xfce

  • Windows Live Mail icon

    Windows Live Mail Discontinued

    Windows Live Mail (formerly named Windows Live Mail Desktop) is a freeware email client from Microsoft. It is the successor to Outlook...

    Free Windows

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  • Open365 icon


    The open source cloud with LibreOffice online - LibreOffice online + Seafile + KDE. Improve your productivity and communicate better...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone Self-Hosted

  • Newton icon


    Newton (previously CloudMagic) is a fully featured mail client available for Android, iOS and macOS. Works for watch too. It's...

    Commercial Mac Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad Apple Watch ... Android Wear

  • MailMate icon


    MailMate is an IMAP email client for Mac OS X featuring extensive keyboard control, Markdown supported email composition.

    Commercial Mac

  • Zimbra Desktop icon

    Zimbra Desktop

    The free Zimbra Desktop client allows you to meld the online and offline worlds – storing and synching your email, calendar, contacts...

    Free Personal Mac Windows Linux

  • Polymail icon


    The most powerful platform for email productivity in a beautiful native app — on desktop and mobile.

    Free Mac iPhone iPad

  • Spark icon


    E-mail app with all the great features: swipes (long/short), snooze, add (multiple) attachments from the cloud, support for various...

    Free iPhone iPad Apple Watch

  • Trojitá icon


    Trojitá, is a fast Qt IMAP e-mail client that respects open standards and facilitates modern technologies. Trojitá values...

    Open Source Windows Linux

  • ALTO Mail icon

    ALTO Mail

    Alto Mail makes managing your email easy again. Add all your mail accounts to our app (including Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo!, AOL Mail...

    Free Web / Cloud Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad

  • Mail icon


    Windows 10 has Mail and Calendar apps already built in. With the Mail application you can now...

    Free Windows

  • Kontact icon


    Kontact is the integrated Personal Information Manager of KDE. Kontact suite unites mature and proven KDE PIM applications under...

    Open Source Windows Linux

  • TypeApp icon


    TypeApp is an all-free, beautifully designed, universal email app, capable of managing unlimited number of mail accounts from various...

    Free Personal Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad Android Wear Kindle Fire

  • Kontact - KMail icon

    Kontact - KMail

    KMail is the email component of Kontact, the integrated personal information manager of KDE. Kontact is a personal information manager...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

  • Unibox icon


    Unibox is a people centric email client that organizes your messages by person. It avoids having email like a to-do list. Features:...

    Commercial Mac

  • sup icon


    Sup is a console-based email client for people with a lot of email. It supports tagging, very fast full-text search, automatic...

    Open Source Linux

  • Alpine icon

    Alpine Discontinued

    Alpine is a fast, easy to use email client that is suitable for both the inexperienced email user as well as for the most demanding of...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • nPOPuk icon

    nPOPuk Discontinued

    nPOPuk is an ultra-small, but comprehensive, e-mail client that runs on a wide range of Windows-based operating systems

    Open Source Windows Windows Mobile

Apple Mail Comments

Mail addons

Positive Comment by Jynto
about Apple Mail and Growl Apr 2012

Here are some little downloads that will make your Apple Mail even better:

If you are using an older version of Mail, and you would like to get the three-column layout found in Lion, then you can install the Letterbox addon.

If you would like Mail to be compatible with Growl, then you can install the GrowlMail addon.


Apple Mail 4 has been giving me headaches with many of my M ...

Comment by peterstaack
about Apple Mail Jun 2011

Apple Mail 4 has been giving me headaches with many of my Mac clients. Half of the blame is on the ISPs, but several little interface quirks makes some configurations more difficult that necessary. But, then, I'm just not much of a Mac person, so it's probably just me.


Having just returned to Mac OS, I'm liking 4.2 much better ...

Comment by shkm
about Apple Mail Jun 2011

Having just returned to Mac OS, I'm liking 4.2 much better than Thunderbird for my Gmail and other e-mail needs.