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James (a.k.a Java Apache Mail Enterprise Server) is a 100% pure Java SMTP and POP3 Mail server, and NNTP News server designed to be a complete and portable enterprise mail/messaging engine solution based on currently available open messaging protocols.

  • Is 100% pure java capable of running on Java 1.4 onwards
  • Integrates protocols
    • Email
      • SMTP
      • POP3
        • Outgoing server
        • Incoming from POP3 accounts (FetchMail)
      • IMAP (James 3)
        • Server
        • Sieve filtering into IMAP mailboxes for incoming mail
    • NNTP (better known as news)
  • Is based on open standards
  • Is a mailet container. Processing is delegated to independent, extensible, pluggable agents specified by the Mailet API. Any function which is not already available (from James or from a third party) can be developed.
  • Is a modular, component based IoC mail platform
    • Based on mature, production proved Apache Excalibur components
    • James 2 (production) uses the Avalon framework. Avalon development has now stopped but the framework is mature, stable and of proved production quality.
    • James 3 (development) supports Spring and is moving towards OSGI
  • Support to create mailing list




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