|Original author(s)||Timo Sirainen|
|Developer(s)||Timo Sirainen and contributors|
|Initial release||July 2002)|
|Stable release||2.2.1 resp. 2.1.16 / April 19, 2013) resp. April 5, 2013)|
|Type||POP3 and IMAP server|
|License||Mostly MIT and LGPLv2|
Dovecot is an open source IMAP and POP3 server for Linux/UNIX-like systems, written primarily with security in mind. Developed by Timo Sirainen, Dovecot was first released in July 2002. Dovecot primarily aims to be a lightweight, fast and easy to set up open source mailserver.
Dovecot can work with standard mbox, Maildir, and its own native high-performance dbox formats. It is fully compatible with UW IMAP and Courier IMAP servers’ implementation of them, as well as mail clients accessing the mailboxes directly.
With version 2.2 some new features have been added to Dovecot, e.g. additional IMAP command extensions, dsync has been rewritten / optimized and shared mailboxes now support per-user flags.
Dovecot's author takes pride in secure design and implementation. A reward of EUR 1,000 (approximately $1,310 USD, £840 GBP, 130000 Yen as of May 2013) has been announced for finding any remotely exploitable security flaw.
- "v2.2.1 released". 2013-04-19. Retrieved 2013-05-06.
- "v2.1.16 released". 2013-04-05. Retrieved 2013-05-06.
- "COPYING.LGPL file in dovecot repository". Retrieved 2013-05-06.
- "Mailbox Format: dbox". Dovecot v2.x Wiki. 2012-10-30. Retrieved 2013-05-06.
- "v2.2.0 released". 2013-04-12. Retrieved 2013-05-06.
- "Dovecot – Security". Dovecot Web Pages. Retrieved 2013-05-06.