Camel - A mail access library

This is a start page for documentation on the Camel library, which extends upon the information provided in the API documentation.


  • Camel.Address, rfc822 and newsgroup address parsers and encoders.

  • Camel.DataWrapper, the entire structured-mime-message interface, used to access and create messages.

  • Camel.Index, camel's context indexing interface and implementation details.

  • Camel.MimeFilter, what it is, how to use it, what the multitude of existing filters do.

  • Camel.MimeParser, the core mail parser object in all its gory details.

  • Camel.MimeUtils, various mail and mime related utilities.

  • Camel.Misc, various other miscellaneous utilities and helper functions.

  • Camel.Object, describes all you never wanted to know about Camel's object system.

  • Camel.Operation, explains how the progress reporting and cancellation object is used.

  • Camel.Stream, covers streams - files, sockets, etc.

  • Camel.URL, URI decoder/encoding object.


And the libcamel-provider objects, which are used or implemented by custom backends.

In addition, there has been a significant amount of work on the 'notzed-disksummary-branch' in gnome cvs. This is covered in the CamelDS set of pages.


This section lists some notes about the various providers at various levels of details. As usual, consult the source for the most up to date and hard information.

And the transports (for sending mail)


Numerous people and a few organisations have contributed to what now constitutes Camel, but some of the major contributors are listed below in approximately chronological order.

Nat and Miguel

  • Who started Ximian (Helix Code), without which the project might never had so many resources supplied to it.

Bertrand Guiheneuf

  • Kicked off the project in the first place, to write a re-usable, free, mail library, based roughly on the JavaMail API design.

Michael Zucchi

  • One of the early core developers and longest consistent contributor (over 5 years). Worked on everything from the MIME parser, multi-threading, indexing, searching, filtering, performance, local mail storage, rfc compliance, interoperability, to the initial cut of this documentation.

Dan Winship

  • Another of the early core developers. Primarily worked on the original IMAP implementation; although sworn at heavily is still in operation, offline mode, and the Exchange Connector (which implements another Camel provider), amongst plenty of bug fixes.

Jeffrey Stedfast

  • The second longest consistent contributor (almost 5 years). IMAP, POP, SMTP backends, lots of rfc compliance work, filtering work, SASL authentication, and many many other items, both large and small.

Novell Inc.

  • Which continues to fund the core developers.

The Gnome I18N team

  • Who have provided numerous translations.

The Novell Bangalore team

  • Who should be named by name, Partha, Shreyas, Vivek, Harish, Sankar and others. Mainly groupwise work so far, but also general debugging and features too. The new maintainers post 9/2005.


  • For anyone left out; contributions from both internal and external developers who were not core developers on the library, or whom I unfortunately forgot right now.

Apps/Evolution/Camel (last edited 2020-01-17 10:52:26 by CorentinNoƫl)