Dovecot is an open source IMAP and POP3 server for Unix-like operating 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 email server.
|Original author(s)||Timo Sirainen|
|Developer(s)||Timo Sirainen and contributors|
|Initial release||July 2002|
|Type||IMAP and POP3 server|
|License||Mostly MIT and LGPLv2|
The primary purpose of Dovecot is to act as mail storage server. Mail is delivered to the server using some MDA and stored for later access with MUA. Dovecot can also act as mail proxy server, forwarding connection to another mail server, or act as a lightweight MUA in order to retrieve and manipulate mail on remote server for e.g. mail migration.
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.
Version 2.3 adds a message submission agent, Lua scripting for authentication, and some other improvements.
In 2017, Mozilla, via the Mozilla Open Source Support program, conducted a security audit on the Dovecot software, the first public audit of the Dovecot code.
- "NEWS file for 2.3 branch". Retrieved 13 December 2019.
- "COPYING.LGPL file in dovecot 7repository". Retrieved 2017-10-04.
- "Dovecot website". Retrieved 2017-01-18.
- "Open email survey". Retrieved 2016-03-01.
- "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.
- "v2.3.0 released". 2017-12-22. Retrieved 2018-03-12.
- "Mozilla Security Audit". Retrieved 2017-01-13.