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The JavaMail API provides a platform-independent and protocol-independent framework to build mail and messaging applications. The JavaMail API is available as an optional package for use with the Java SE platform and is also included in the Java EE platform.

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November 26, 2018 - JavaMail 1.6.3 Final Release

The 1.6.3 release is the first release of the Eclipse project for JavaMail and includes no bug fixes or enhancements. It does include changes to the Maven coordinates. The main jar file is now located at com.sun.mail:jakarta.mail.

September 14, 2018 - JavaMail project moves to the Eclipse Foundation!

The JavaMail project is now hosted at the Eclipse Foundation as part of the EE4J project.

By contributing to this project, you agree to these additional terms of use, described in CONTRIBUTING.

Download JavaMail Release

The latest release of JavaMail is 1.6.3.

The following table provides easy access to the latest release. Most people will only need the main JavaMail implementation in the jakarta.mail.jar file.

Item Description
jakarta.mail.jar The JavaMail implementation, including the SMTP, IMAP, and POP3 protocol providers
README.txt Overview of the release
NOTES.txt Additional notes about using JavaMail
SSLNOTES.txt Notes on using SSL/TLS with JavaMail
NTLMNOTES.txt Notes on using NTLM authentication with JavaMail
CHANGES.txt Changes since the previous release
COMPAT.txt Important notes about compatibility

In addition, the JavaMail jar files are published to the Maven repository. The main JavaMail jar file, which is all most applications will need, can be included using this Maven dependency:


You can find all of the JavaMail jar files in Maven Central.

jar file groupId artifactId Description
jakarta.mail.jar com.sun.mail jakarta.mail The JavaMail implementation jar file, including the SMTP, IMAP, and POP3 protocol providers
jakarta.mail-api.jar jakarta.mail jakarta.mail-api The JavaMail API definitions only, suitable for compiling against; use only with a Maven “provided” dependency scope
mailapi.jar com.sun.mail mailapi The JavaMail implementation with no protocol providers; use with one of the following providers
smtp.jar com.sun.mail smtp The SMTP protocol provider
imap.jar com.sun.mail imap The IMAP protocol provider
pop3.jar com.sun.mail pop3 The POP3 protocol provider
gimap.jar com.sun.mail gimap An EXPERIMENTAL Gmail IMAP protocol provider that supports Gmail-specific features
dsn.jar com.sun.mail dsn Support for parsing and creating messages containing Delivery Status Notifications
logging-mailhandler.jar com.sun.mail logging-mailhandler A java.util.logging handler that uses JavaMail, suitable for use in Google App Engine.

API Documentation

The JavaMail 1.6 and earlier API is defined through the Java Community Process as JSR 919.

The JavaMail API documentation is available here and the JavaMail specification is available here.

The following documents summarize the API changes in each release of the JavaMail API specification:


Some sample programs showing how to use the JavaMail APIs are available here.


Please read the JavaMail FAQ! Read it again. Tell everyone you know to read it. Thank you!

You can post questions to the javamail-dev mailing list.

Or, post a question on Stack Overflow using the javamail tag.

Finally, you can send mail directly to the JavaMail team at Oracle at


JavaMail bugs are tracked in the GitHub JavaMail project issue tracker.

Development Releases

From time to time snapshot releases of the next version of JavaMail under development are published to the Sonatype OSSRH repository. These snapshot releases have received only minimal testing, but may provide previews of bug fixes or new features under development.

For example, you can download the jakarta.mail.jar file from the JavaMail 1.6.4-SNAPSHOT release here. Be sure to scroll to the bottom and choose the jar file with the most recent time stamp.

JavaMail for Android

The latest release includes support for JavaMail on Android. See the Android page for details.

Project Documentation

You’ll find more information about the protocol providers supported by JavaMail on the following pages:

If you’re interested in writing your own protocol provider (most people won’t need to), you can find more documentation on protocol providers here.

The use of OAuth2 authentication with JavaMail is described here.

The following pages provide hints and tips for using particular mail servers:

The following pages provide hints and tips for using JavaMail on particular operating systems or environments:

See Build Instructions for instructions on how to download and build the most recent JavaMail source code. You can also find a bundle of the source code for the most recent JavaMail release in the Releases area of this project.

If you’re interested in contributing to JavaMail, see the Contributions page.

You can find a list of products related to JavaMail on the Third Party Products page.

Please see our page of links to additional information about JavaMail and Internet email and our list of books about JavaMail and Internet email.

To understand the JavaMail license, see the License page.

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