Latest 1.3.pre2
License BSD
Dependencies libsasl2
Frameworks Security, CFNetwork


The purpose of this mail library is to provide a portable, efficient framework for different kinds of mail access: IMAP, SMTP, POP and NNTP.

It provides an API for C language.

Build Status


  • IMAP
  • SMTP
  • POP
  • NNTP
  • RFC822/MIME message builder
  • RFC822/MIME message parser
  • Maildir
  • mbox
  • MH

Build instructions


You need to install autoconf, automake and libtool.
They can be installed using brew.

$ ./
$ make

How to link with it

$ gcc -c -o sample.o sample.c `libetpan-config --cflags`
$ gcc -o sample sample.o `libetpan-config --libs`

Mac / iOS

  • Download Xcode
  • Open build-mac/libetpan.xcodeproj
  • Choose the correct target "static libetpan" for Mac or "libetpan ios" for iOS.
  • Build

Setup a Mac project

  • Add libetpan.xcodeproj as sub-project
  • Link with libetpan.a

Setup an iOS project

  • Add libetpan.xcodeproj as sub-project
  • Link with libetpan-ios.a
  • Set "Other Linker Flags": -lsasl2

Build on Windows

  • See README and Visual Studio Solution in build-windows folder

More information

See for more information and examples.

Latest podspec

    "name": "libetpan",
    "version": "1.3.pre2",
    "summary": "Mail Framework for C Language.",
    "homepage": "",
    "license": {
        "type": "BSD",
        "file": "COPYRIGHT"
    "authors": "Hou00e0 V. DINH",
    "source": {
        "git": "",
        "tag": "1.3.pre2"
    "source_files": [
    "dependencies": {
        "libsasl2": []
    "public_header_files": "include/libetpan/*.h",
    "xcconfig": {
        "USE_HEADERMAP": "NO"
    "libraries": "iconv",
    "frameworks": [
    "prepare_command": "    cd build-macn    SRCROOT=true sh update.shn",
    "requires_arc": false

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