K-9 Mail

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K-9 Mail
Original author(s)Jesse Vincent
Developer(s)K-9 Dog Walkers: cketti, et al.
Stable release
5.600 / September 2, 2018; 17 months ago (2018-09-02)[1]
Repository Edit this at Wikidata
Written inJava
Operating systemAndroid
TypeEmail application
LicenseApache License 2.0

K-9 Mail is an independent email application for the Android operating system. It is made available as Free/Open Source Android Software under the Apache License version 2.0. The program is marketed as a more functional replacement for the default mail application included on most phones. It supports both POP3 and IMAP mailboxes and supports IMAP IDLE for real-time notifications.

Its name and logo stem from a dog-like robot in the BBC cult TV series Doctor Who.

The source code was first published to its git repository on October 27, 2008[2] by Jesse Vincent and the first binaries were released to the public on the Google Code site the same month.[3]


  • Works with IMAP, POP3 and Exchange 2003/2007 (with WebDAV) accounts
  • Folder Sync
  • Encryption with OpenKeychain support
  • Signatures
  • SD Card Storage

Missing features[edit]

The application does not allow you to view the message source. Only some of the message headers are displayed.


This application has been downloaded from the Google Play Store between 5 million and 10 million times since its release and has been rated by over 70,000 people with either 4 or 5 stars. It has been widely reviewed and praised in the media as a replacement for the default mail application.[4][5][6]


  1. ^ "Releases".
  2. ^ "k9mail/k-9". Github. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
  3. ^ "Downloads - k9mail - K-9 Mail is an advanced email client for Android - Google Project Hosting". Code.google.com. Retrieved 2013-08-15.
  4. ^ Paul, Ryan (2011-01-24). "Excellent K-9 mail app for Android keeps your messages on a leash". Ars Technica. Retrieved 2013-08-15.
  5. ^ "K-9 Mail Review". YouTube. 2010-07-12. Retrieved 2013-08-15.
  6. ^ "K-9 Mail Receives First Significant Update In 9 Months - Improved Interface, Altered Widget, Bug Fixes, And More". Androidpolice.com. 2013-06-28. Retrieved 2013-08-15.

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