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Commercial; see site.

Current Version: 4.3g4 (July 23, 2010)

NetWin, Ltd. produces the industrial-strength SurgeMail "carrier class" email server that supports any number of users or domains, virus scanning, spam filtering, integrated webmail access, integrated WAP support, and fast browser based administration tools. SurgeMail supports all relevant RFC protocols: POP3, SMTP, IMAP4, LDAP, HTTP, and TLS/SSL, and has optional calendar, file sharing, instant messaging, forum, and chat room modules available.

Version 4.3g4 makes the following changes:

  • Fix: (non surgeweb) Domains with mixed case domains in surgemail.ini were no longer able to login (fixed in 4.3h-30 in development branch, unsure when introduced)

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Download the Mac OS X (Darwin / PowerPC) demonstration version.
Download the Mac OS X (Darwin / Intel) demonstration version.

Version 5.0e2 (July 23, 2010) is available for PowerPC-based Macs and version 5.0e2 (July 23, 2010) is available for Intel-based Macs, making "lots" of changes. See the online release notes for more information.

Also See . . .

Can't find what you're looking for? Try a search:

Also, if you have an older Mac, be sure to check out the "Classic" applications page for more options.

Finally, take a look at ALEMIA if you think you know that name of an application, but aren't quite sure.

Built Into Mac OS X

Mac OS X has a huge amount of TCP/IP-based server software built into it that I don't specifically cover here. Your "Sharing" Preference Pane allows you to enable and disable these services with a click of the mouse. The software running behind the scenes to provide many of these services is generally of the open source variety. The standard release of Mac OS X includes, among many others:

  • Apache httpd (web server; enabled via the Sharing Preference Pane).
  • Postfix (mail server; see Mac OS X Hints for more information).
  • tnftpd (FTP server; enabled via the Sharing Preference Pane).
  • OpenSSH (Secure Shell server; enabled via the Sharing Preference Pane via "Remote Login" but additionally configurable via selected applications listed on this page).
  • BIND (Domain Name System server; see Mac OS X Hints for more information).
  • Samba (Windows file sharing; enabled via the Sharing Preference Pane).
  • XFree86 (X Window server; enabled via the "X11" application in your "Utilities" folder, if you elected to install it with Mac OS X).

Of course, Mac OS X Server includes many more, in addition to offering more recent versions of many of the above servers.

Related Links

Graham Orndorff has written a superb collection of articles on setting up email servers and secure email clients on Mac OS X.

Also Consider . . .

These are applications that are newer and of potential interest, but which I haven't yet selected for permanent inclusion. Have a look, and let me know if you think they deserve to be part of the permanent collection!