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I am looking for an email client that allows me to specify an arbitrary sender adress each time I send a message without explicitly creating a new identity. Especially when I hit reply to, it should use the recipient adress of the original email as sender. I am looking for Linux and Windows GUIs (e.g. Thunderbird) and/or Webmail (e.g. Roundcube). Open-source software is strongly preferred.

I have a domain, example.com where I catch all email. Let's say I buy something from a webshop that requires an email, I use awebshop@example.com to sign up. That way once they start spamming me or leaked my email I can simply block it. Now let's say I want to contact or respond to their customer support via email. Then I would like to also use awebshop@example.com to send a message. Currently with either Thunderbird or Roundcube I have to create a new Identity I am looking for a way to make that more simple.

Clarification: I want to keep the emails on my server. I am not looking for a service but a software that I can run either on my server and/or my computers that connects to the server via IMAP.

  • Hello Zulan and thanks for your question. I have removed the "optional" tags windows/ linux/web-apps (because you don’t require a solution to run on all these platforms) and open-source (because you do prefer but not require a solution to be FLOSS). Feel free to add tags back in case they are requirements. – unor Jul 31 '14 at 11:00
  • Hmm... Just to clarify, I meant this service for accessing emails from your personal domain. – Neeku Jul 31 '14 at 11:00
  • i'm not sure because I didn't try myself but this Thunderbird feature could help you achieve what you want : support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/configuring-email-aliases – Padrus Aug 5 '14 at 12:57
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Here are the results of my personal research.

GUIs:

KMail: Very good support

  • Freetext from field
  • Multiple fixed identities can be created with one primary and associated emails
  • When replying to a mail it will select the identity that has the receiver email associated and send from the primary email of that identity
  • Custom sent folder can be set for each identity

Thunderbird: Good support (since this fix)

  • Custom from address can be selected
  • Multiple identities can be created
  • When replying, a custom from address is not used

WEB Interfaces:

Horde poor support

  • Multiple identities can be created
  • Easier if $conf[user][verify_from_addr] disabled (Horde/User Capabilities and Constraints)
  • Custom sent folder needs to be selected per mail

Roundcube poor support

  • Multiple identities can be created
  • Custom sent folder needs to be selected per mail
  • The correct identity is automatically selected in a reply, if the mail has been sent to it and the identity exists

SOGo no support

  • On the Roadmap "Email identities support in the web mail interface"
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    I added the reply behavior for Roundcube (which is nice) and Thunderbird (poor). I hope this corresponds with your experience? – sebix Aug 5 '14 at 18:43
  • @sebix, thanks for your Answer. I can confirm it for Roundcube, but actually selecting the right non-default identity works for me in Thunderbird as well (31.0 on Windows7 64 bit) – Zulan Aug 5 '14 at 19:49
  • Thanks for your check, you are right, sry :) hiding behind the last edit – sebix Aug 7 '14 at 20:23
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For completeness and in case you drop your GUI requirement, mutt handles multiple from addresses easily. See i.e. this question or maybe this one.

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A current version of Thunderbird with the SmtpSelect and Virtual Identity allows you do exactly what you ask for.

I create new From-addresses in every mail (I have hundreds of them) but only have a couple of accounts and aliases for each account (that I never edit after the initial setup).

I am looking for a similar solution for mobile devices!

  • Since this bug was fixed in Thunderbird it works well even without addons! No Idea about mobile though, sorry. – Zulan Jun 27 '18 at 18:44

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