Chapter 1. Introduction

Daniel Naber

Scarlett Clark

Revision KDE
4.12 (2013-12-12)
KMail Welcome Screen

KMail Welcome Screen

The KMail Team welcomes you to KMail, a user-friendly email client by KDE. Our goal is to make KMail a program that is beautiful and intuitive without sacrificing power.

If you have never set up an email client on a UNIX® system before, we suggest that you read through the Getting Started section first.

Some KMail Features

Some links to the great features available in KMail

  • You do not have to use your mouse to use KMail. Everything can be done by using Keyboard Shortcuts.

  • Although KMail can be considered reliable you should keep backups of your messages, i.e. use one of the export/archive options listed in Backup Options to backup your settings and email to a safe place.

  • KMail is capable of importing email in several formats from your previous email applications using options in Restore and Import in KMail.

  • Organize your folders with ease using KMails extensive Folders options. Some of the features include handling per folder: mailing lists, acl (IMAP only), and archiving.

  • Compliment your folder setup with highly configurable filters.

  • By default KMail will detect common email scams. You can also fight SPAM and viruses with built in wizards to work with external programs to scan email as it comes in. See Anti Spam Wizard and Anti-Virus-Wizard for details.

  • Easily manage per-account settings using multiple identities.

We hope you will enjoy KMail!

Getting Help


If you experience any problems migrating to KMail 2 please read the chapter Troubleshooting.

KMail's homepage can be found at There you will find useful links, e.g. to the user and developer mailing lists. Please report bugs in KMail using HelpReport Bug....