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Developer(s) atmail
Operating system Linux, CentOS
Type Webmail Mail server ActiveSync
License Commercial with source

atmail is a commercial Linux messaging platform provider. The company was founded in 2001, counts 25 employees and has its company headquarters located in Peregian Beach, Australia. The company develops webmail, mail-server and groupware solutions built for Linux and other Unix operating systems, and includes the source code under a commercial license.


Originally developed in 1998, the software is now more commonly referred to as atmail instead of the original name '@Mail'. Initially developed in Perl, atmail is now offered in PHP using the Zend Framework for ease-of-customization by a larger number of developers.

  • May 19, 2008 A free version of the atmail webmail client was made available. Named AtMail Open, it is a lightweight, webmail-only version of the commercial application and is distributed under the Apache 2.0 license.[1]
  • mid-2009 The Kurrajong, NSW office was fitted with a 1 kW solar pannel array.[2]
  • July 17, 2009 Atmail released the new 6.X version which is a complete rewrite of the software based on the Zend and jQuery platform.
  • Sept 8 2010 – The flagship atmail 6.20 version was released with support for Exchange ActiveSync[3]
  • mid-2011 – Atmail started a free public WiFi network covering the Peregian Beach village shopping area. Stickers around the local businesses advertise its coverage. Open-Mesh is used to manage bandwidth. SSID: Peregian Free Wifi
  • early 2012 – The atmail Peregian Beach Head office was also fitted out with 57 solar panels on the roof capable of 10 kW. As of May 2012, the office was only using 5% of the power generated with the rest returned to the Queensland power grid.
  • Nov 2012 – Australia VC fund, Starfish Ventures invest $2M USD. John Dyson & Anthony Glenning join atmail board
  • Dec 2012 – Atmail released atmail 7.
  • 2013 – The management team was formed.
  • 2014 – The company team expanded from 19 to more than 30 atmailers.
  • Feb 2014 – Zach Johnson becomes CEO.
  • July 2014 – A second office in Peregian Beach was opened for the dev team.
  • Sept 2014 – First office in the U.S.

Main features[edit]

The software serves three main functions:

atmail email server - Leverages open source projects such as Dovecot, Exim and MySQL on the backend to provide a comprehensive mailserver solution with management via an easy to use 'Webadmin' control panel. Support for IMAP/POP3/SSL/SMTP/TLS

atmail webmail client - Built using PHP Zend, atmail provides a complete Web-based mail platform, intended to rival desktop clients. The user-interface is built with the jQuery toolkit.

atmail groupware - Provides a complete CalDAV web-based client, and CalDAV server based on the Apple Calendar server project. Support for shared calendars, delegation, Outlook sync, and all the features available in CalDAV 3.x.

atmail appliance - was atmail's Plug and Play solution for an enterprise email solution. atmail with an external server builder had created a custom specced server optimized for running the pre-installed atmail email server software. The servers came in a variety of sizes based on number of system users. The server hardware was branded with atmail's design and the delivery box included a printed setup guide, restore software on a bootable USB thumb drive and a T-shirt. CentOS is used as the Operating System.

"ArchiveVault" - was built to help many large businesses adhere to increasing regulations for logging of all email communications. This capture and store system is built with search & filtering tools to make retrieval of email evidence easier when putting together a case.

atmail cloud - in 2012 atmail soft launched a Cloud computing based offering to compete against other cloud business offerings like Google Apps & Microsoft Office 365. Marketing is aimed at targeting small and medium businesses in the graphic design & web design segment looking to resell email, contacts & calendaring to their own customers. atmail cloud is built on atmail server with a control panel to allow an administrator access to set-up functions and usage and payment stats.


atmail utilizes the following technology:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hoover, Lisa (2008-05-19). "AtMail Open provides scalable, customizable webmail". 
  2. ^ "Kurrajong office goes Solar". Atmail Communications Blog. atmail. 
  3. ^ "Atmail 6.2 Released with ActiveSync Push Support and New CalDAV Features". PRWeb. 2010-08-09. 

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