The 11 Best Free Email Clients for Mac 2017

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​ Has she found her favorite free Mac email program yet?. StockUnlimited

Examine these email programs for macOS and discover the best free email client for your needs.

Finding the Best Free Email Client for Mac—by Default?

A free email client does come already installed and ready for use with macOS (OS X), and macOS Mail is not a bad program at all.

Never should you be satisfied with a default email client, though—not until you have examined its free alternatives. Here are the best free email clients for Mac OS X to try; it will be a joy, I can promise you that.

PS: Looking for free email, you may also like free email services.

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macOS Mail (OS X Mail) is a solid, feature-rich and spam-eliminating, but also an extremely nice and easy to use email client. More »

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Spark for macOS. Readdle Inc.

Spark is an impressive email program that, for instance, auto-organizes your inboxes and lets you postpone email easily as well as send quick one-click replies. More »

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Canary Mail. Mailroom Technologies LLP

Pointing out key mail and letting you deal with the bulk in bulk; offering to snooze incoming emails and track the outgoing (with the option to block other tracking you); finding emails fast and saving searches for re-use, Canary Mail is one impressive IMAP email program. It makes email look good, too. More »

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Nylas. Nylas, Inc.

Aimed at the professional email user, Nylas Mail boasts mail merge, reminders, and the option to schedule mail—all available in a pro edition. For free, you get a clean and highly productive as well as expandable email program (that includes thrills such as link and open tracking, quick reply templates and undo send, for instance). More »

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Polymail. Polymail, Inc.

In addition to all you would expect from a smart, basic email program, Polymail lets you postpone email to be read later and in turn will track whether the emails you have sent were read… A pro version adds message templates and other features more. More »

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Mozilla Thunderbird is a fully featured, secure and very functional email client. It lets you handle mail efficiently and with style, and Mozilla Thunderbird filters away junk mail too. More »
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Opera. Opera Software
The Opera email client is a slick and flexible interface that will satisfy almost all your email needs, and Opera integrates RSS feeds in this experience as well. Some may find the message editor lacking a bit in power, and the absence of support for encrypted email is unfortunate. More »
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Mulberry is a powerful and incredibly versatile email client available for all the popular platforms. If there is something Mulberry lacks, it is simplicity. More »
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Mailsmith, the email client from the makers of BBEdit, is just as powerful and feature-rich as the text editor.
It's a pity Mailsmith supports POP accounts only, and an—adequately empowering—rich-text editor could be a neat addition, too. More »

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Alpine is powerful console email program that makes you use email productively with automation aplenty and nary a distraction. More »
Never underestimate Mozilla! The email component of this open source browser is a solid performer, fully featured and handsomely usable. More »