Mutt, Mail & Telnet – Send mails from linux command line or terminal


Mutt :

Mutt is a small but powerful text-based e-mail client for Unix like operating systems. With mutt command one can send and read emails. Mutt supports both maildir & mbox mail formats. Mutt is compatible with POP & IMAP protocols.

Syntax :

# mutt -s "Subject of the Mail" <  /dev/null
Example:1 Send a test mail where the mail body is blank
# mutt -s "Test Mail" < /dev/null

Above Command will send a mail with subject “ Test Mail” to

Example:2 Send Mail with attachments

Syntax :

 # mutt   -s "Subject of the Mail" -a  /tmp/<file-to-be-attached> < /tmp/<mail body contents file>


# mutt  -s "test mail plz ignore" -a /tmp/backup.tgz </tmp/body.txt

NOTE: When we send mail from the console , mail sender name will be root(in case if we are logged in with root user) if we want to change the sender name and email , then Create a file in user's home directory.

cat .muttrc
set from = ""
set realname = "MAIL ADMIN"

Mail :

Mail is an e-mail client , which is used to send and receive mails.

Syntax :

# mail  -s <subject>   -c <cc-addr>   -b <bcc-addr>       to-addr...  </mailbody.txt


 # mail -s "test mail plgz ignore" </tmp/body.txt

Above Command will send mail with subject “test mail plz ignore” and body of mail will be the contents of /tmp/body.txt file.

Telnet :

The telnet command is used to communicate with another host using the TELNET protocol. Telnet can be used to send mails , as show below :


Where :

mail from : specify the e-mail id from where the mail will be send.
rcpt to : specify the recipient email-id
data : it is the command after which we can specify the subject of the mail
Subject : subject of the mail
quit : is the command to exit