21.06.2010 foldroid – Mail Folder Selection Tool – released

I’ve been using mutt to manage my e-mail for many years now, and the one thing I’ve been missing is a nice overview over the folders that I have (due to many mailing lists I read, I use procmail for putting each list in a seperate folder). So I’ve written a curses based tool that lets you choose which (mbox style) mailbox you want to read, and it starts mutt with that mbox. It also shows the number of messages in each mbox, and the number of new messages. In my setup, I use it together with screen, so that each mutt is started in a new screen, which allows me to have many folders open at once.

So I’ve now fixed a couple of annoying things in foldroid, and made the initial public release. Its LGPLd and can be found on The Foldroid page, which also has a screenshot of foldroid at work.

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  1. Vincent Untz says:

    I’ve had a similar tool for quite some time. The feature I love most in my tool is that the option to sort folders by date of the last received mail. I can’t live without this feature now.

  2. alex butenko says:

    why not to use mutt -y ?

  3. stw says:

    @alex (why not use mutt -y)

    Foldroid shows how many messages there are in each mailbox, and how many of them are new – it also automatically updates these stats in the background.

    Another feature (compared to mutt -y) is that if you combine it with screen (the setup i’ve been using all the time), it starts each mutt in a new screen; that way you can enter many mailboxes in parallel, always switching back to the foldroid screen when you need it.

  4. stw says:

    @vincent (sorting order)

    I prefer my mailboxes to be sorted alphabetically. However, it should be reasonably easy to implement alternative sorting schemes in foldroid. I’d probably accept a patch for that.