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aerc is an email client for your terminal.

This is a fork of the original aerc by Drew DeVault.

A short demonstration can be found on https://aerc-mail.org/

Join the IRC channel: #aerc on irc.libera.chat for end-user support, and development.


On its first run, aerc will copy the default config files to ~/.config/aerc on Linux or ~/Library/Preferences/aerc on MacOS (or $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/aerc if set) and show the account configuration wizard.

If you redirect stdout to a file, logging output will be written to that file:

$ aerc > log

Note that the example HTML filter (off by default), additionally needs w3m and dante to be installed.


Also available as man pages:

User contributions and integration with external tools:


#Binary Packages

Recent versions of aerc are available on:

And likely other platforms.

#From Source

Install the dependencies:

  • go (>=1.18) (Go versions are supported until their end-of-life; support for older versions may be dropped at any time due to incompatibilities or newer required language features.)
  • scdoc
  • GNU make

Then compile aerc:

$ gmake

aerc optionally supports notmuch. To enable it, you need to have a recent version of notmuch, including the header files (notmuch.h). The notmuch build tag should be automatically added. To check if it is, run the following command:

$ ./aerc -v
aerc 0.14.0-108-g31e1cd9af565 +notmuch (go1.19.6 amd64 linux)

If it is not, you can force it before building:

$ gmake GOFLAGS=-tags=notmuch

If you have notmuch headers available but do not want to build notmuch support in aerc, force GOFLAGS to an empty value:

$ gmake GOFLAGS=

To install aerc locally:

# gmake install

By default, aerc will install config files to directories under /usr/local/aerc, and will search for templates and stylesets in these locations in order:

  • ${XDG_CONFIG_HOME:-~/.config}/aerc
  • ${XDG_DATA_HOME:-~/.local/share}/aerc
  • /usr/local/share/aerc
  • /usr/share/aerc

At build time it is possible to add an extra location to this list and to use that location as the default install location for config files by setting the PREFIX option like so:

# gmake PREFIX=/custom/location
# gmake install PREFIX=/custom/location

This will install templates and other config files to /custom/location/share/aerc, and man pages to /custom/location/share/man. This extra location will have lower priority than the XDG locations but higher than the fixed paths.


Anyone can contribute to aerc. Please refer to the contribution guidelines


Ask for support or follow general discussions on ~rjarry/aerc-discuss@lists.sr.ht.

Send patches and development related questions to ~rjarry/aerc-devel@lists.sr.ht.

Instructions for preparing a patch are available at git-send-email.io

Subscribe to release announcements on ~rjarry/aerc-announce@lists.sr.ht

Submit confirmed bug reports and confirmed feature requests on https://todo.sr.ht/~rjarry/aerc.


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