Alpine is a fast, easy to use email client for the command line that is suitable for both the inexperienced email user as well as for the most demanding of power users. Alpine is based on the Pine® Message System (http://www.washington.edu/pine/), which was also developed at the University of Washington. Alpine can be learned by exploration and the use of context-sensitive help. The user experience is highly customizable through the use of the Alpine Setup command.
Alpine was developed by the University of Washington until 2008. The developer Eduardo Chappa offers a collection of patches for the program in order to add new or missing features or fix small bugs.