Mailman, the GNU Mailing List Manager

You don't have to wait until pigs fly for good list management—just call the mailman.
User Databases

The other goal for the next release is to include real user databases. A user should be able to have one Mailman login for all lists of which they are members at a site. This login should contain a list of all addresses to which messages can potentially be delivered and should allow the user to select which mailing list delivers to which address. Additionally, each user would need to remember only one password to change their delivery options.

Currently, each Mailman list maintains its own list of member addresses. This makes the data store relatively easy to implement and recipient calculation fast, but it can be a real pain for users who are subscribed to many lists at a particular site. For list administrators who own multiple lists, it's even worse. For this reason, we want to move toward having a real database of users and administrators in the back end, using caching or other techniques to make membership calculation perform acceptably. One of the core Mailman maintainers has an implementation of this that he's currently testing, and it is expected to be integrated some time soon. This change may be significant enough to call the next release of Mailman version 2.0.

Mailman Mailing Lists


Barry Warsaw ( is Project Lead for Software Development with the MEMS Exchange at CNRI. He is the current primary maintainer of Mailman and JPython, the 100% Pure Java implementation of Python. Barry has used and contributed to Python since 1994. He has also written and maintained numerous other smaller open-source projects over the last 15 years, including CC Mode for Emacs.



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phplist v/s mailman

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I am using phplist for last many years. is this better than that never heard.
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ektel's picture

Hello Barry,

Greeting from ektel,

that is nice review of mailman. i also run a website which is my private company website and as you said there are times when its hard to distinguish which mail is a spam and which is really of importance. This is a problem for companies that receive number of emails per day. I am not able to check the emails on daily basis so i check them once in a week and I do really need a good email filtering application. However my website is hosted on namecheap and i run my website through their c-panel. I would like to try out Mailman, do you think this is possible for my website because it is hosted on namecheap?

EKTEL Telecommunication

Mailman sounds rad

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My inbox has practically imploded with e-mails as of late. Sorting through the spam has become a significant part of my mail routine. I have set up pretty decent filters through my e-mail provider, but I am looking for even more control. After reading your review on Mailman, I realize I can use the program for my business and not just my personal. Adding over 100 names to our newsletter list takes up a lot of time -- that feature alone is worth the money! email marketing software

I've spent a lot of time

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I've spent a lot of time improving the common path a mail message takes through the system. The biggest change has been to design a message pipeline, where each component in the pipeline does a little piece of the work necessary to deliver a message.

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What an interesting article

Rickys's picture

What an interesting article on Mailman for a good list management! Gives us an in-depth write up and guide about its advantages and the different options with their features so that it will be easy for us to compare and judge for ourselves! Once we have decided, then it is instructions about how the software is built! I am sure it will be taken advantage of because of its easy and adaptability to the web and the simple way it works with the GNU-ip pbx configure which is familiar to most people in the field!


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I've spent a lot of time improving the common path a mail message takes through the system. The biggest change has been to design a message pipeline, where each component in the pipeline does a little piece of the work necessary to deliver a message. For example, there are separate components to scan the message for potential spam, calculate the recipients of the message, archive it, gate it to Usenet, and deliver the message to an SMTP (simple mail transfer protocol) daemon.

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