From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Mailpile Vertical Logo.svg
Original author(s) Bjarni Rúnar Einarsson, Brennan Novak, Smári McCarthy[1][2]
Developer(s) The Mailpile Team
Initial release 13 September 2014; 6 months ago (2014-09-13)[3]
Preview release 0.4.0 / 13 September 2014; 6 months ago (2014-09-13)
Development status Active
Written in Python
Operating system Linux, Mac OS, Windows
Platform Web platform
Available in More than 14 languages[4]
Type Webmail
License Dual licensed Affero General Public License v3 and Apache 2.0 License

Mailpile is a webmail client with user-friendly encryption and privacy features. Mailpile is Free software.

Encryption, Security, and Features[edit]

As an email client Mailpile is part of a growing number of email projects with a heavy focus on providing users with encryption & privacy features by default.[5] Mailpile currently supports PGP encryption natively and stores all locally generated files in encrypted form on-disk. Its first publicly tagged release was 0.1.0 in February 2014. According to the announcement, it supports a HTML5-based interface, an original typeface, also named "Mailpile", integrated PGP support for secure transmission of e-mails, UI feedback of encryption & signatures, a fast, extensible custom search engine, integrated SPAM-filtering support, and translations to around 30 languages.[6]

Mailpile released a beta version on Sept 13th, 2014. This included a desktop GUI installer for Windows and Mac OS which comes bundled with PGP support natively.[7]


The project ran a crowdfunding campaign on IndieGoGo from August to September 2013, and successfully raised $163,192.[8][9] In the middle of the campaign PayPal froze a large portion of Mailpile's funds but was subsequently released after Mailpile took the issue public on blogs and social media platforms like Twitter.[10][11]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Finley, Klint (August 26, 2013). "Open Sourcers Pitch Secure Email in Dark Age of PRISM". Wired. Retrieved March 8, 2014. 
  2. ^ "". Mailpile Team. Retrieved 2014-02-21. 
  3. ^ Mailpile Team (13 September 2014). "One Year Later: Mailpile Beta". Mailpile Blog. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  4. ^ "Mailpile translation statistics". 1 September 2014. Retrieved 2014-09-13. 
  5. ^ Finley, Klint (3 September 2014). "The Open Source Tool That Lets You Send Encrypted Emails to Anyone". Wired. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  6. ^ Mailpile Team (1 February 2014). "Alpha Release: Shipping Bits and Atoms". Mailpile Blog. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  7. ^ Hutchinson, Lee (15 September 2014). "Mailpile enters beta—It’s like Gmail, but you run it on your own computer". Ars Technica. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  8. ^ Lomas, Natasha (20 August 2013). "Mailpile Is A Pro-Privacy, Open Source Webmail Project That’s Raised ~$100,000 On Indiegogo". TechCrunch. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  9. ^ "Mailpile - taking e-mail back". IndieGoGo. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  10. ^ Hutchinson, Lee (5 September 2013). "PayPal freezes $45,000 of Mailpile’s crowdfunded dollars". ArsTechnica. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  11. ^ Masnick, Mike (5 September 2013). "Insanity: PayPal Freezes Mailpile's Account, Demands Excessive Info To Get Access". TechDirt. Retrieved 29 September 2014.