|Original author(s)||Timo Sirainen|
|Developer(s)||Timo Sirainen and contributors|
|Initial release||July 2002|
|Stable release||2.2.21 / December 11, 2015|
|Type||POP3 and IMAP server|
|License||Mostly MIT and LGPLv2|
Dovecot is an open-source IMAP and POP3 server for Linux/UNIX-like systems, written primarily with security in mind. Timo Sirainen originated Dovecot and first released it in July 2002. Dovecot developers primarily aim to produce a lightweight, fast and easy-to-set-up open-source mailserver.
According to Openemailsurvey  Dovecot has an installed base of over 2.9 million email servers all over the world and a global market share of 57% of all IMAP servers. While Dovecot software can be used in commercial use without any license fees, a commercial version is also available as Dovecot Pro. The commercial version is provided by Dovecot Oy along with support and enterprise add-ons such as the object storage and full-text search plugins. Since March 2015, Dovecot Oy has been part of the Open-Xchange Family.
Dovecot can work with standard mbox, Maildir, and its own native high-performance dbox formats. It is fully compatible with UW IMAP and Courier IMAP servers’ implementation of them, as well as mail clients accessing the mailboxes directly.
With version 2.2 some new features have been added to Dovecot, e.g. additional IMAP command extensions, dsync has been rewritten or optimized, and shared mailboxes now support per-user flags.
- Sirainen, Timo (2015-12-11). "[Dovecot-news] v2.2.21 released". Retrieved 2015-12-11.
- "COPYING.LGPL file in dovecot repository". Retrieved 2013-06-17.
- "Open email survey". Retrieved 2015-04-26.
- "Mailbox Format: dbox". Dovecot v2.x Wiki. 2012-10-30. Retrieved 2013-06-17.
- "v2.2.0 released". 2013-04-12. Retrieved 2013-06-17.
- Official website
- Official Wiki with how-tos and documentation
- "Dovecot + Sendmail = Perfect Mail Server". bobcares.com. 2008-01-12. Retrieved 2013-06-17.
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