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SendMail is a little plugin to send a document as attachment using the preferred mail client from inside Geany. It is similar to the envelope symbol of most office tools and requires a mail client that is supporting remote calls.

This is not a direct binding to sendmail, even if it could be used for.


For compiling the plugin yourself, you will need the GTK (>= 2.8.0) libraries and header files. You will also need its dependency libraries and header files, such as Pango, Glib and ATK. All these files are available at

And obviously, you will need to have Geany installed. If you have Geany installed from the sources, you should be ready to go. If you used a prepared package e.g. from your distribution you probably need to install an additional package, this might be called geany-dev or geany-devel. Please note that in order to compile and use this plugin, you need Geany 1.26 or later (Geany Plugin API v224 or higher).

Furthermore you need, of course, a C compiler and the Make tool. The GNU versions of these tools are recommended.


This version of the plugin is installed with the combined geany-plugins release. Please check README of this package or download stand alone version of plugin from


After installed successfully, load the plugin in Geany's plugin manager and a new menu item in the Tools menu will appear. Before you can start you need to configure your mail client. This can be done in the configuration dialog (details on it later). You can also assign a keyboard shortcut in Geany's preferences dialog to send your document.


In the configuration dialog you can set up a command that is called by the plugin to communicate with your mail client. Depending on what's your favorite mailer, the command will differ. A number of placeholders are available for doing this:

Depending on how you like to use, you can combine all of the placeholders to build up your command. It is possible to use one placeholder several times. When using keep care, as the placeholders are replace step by step, so a filename containing %b might have some funny outcome. However, examples could be:

sylpheed --attach "%f" --compose "%r"
mutt -s "Sending '%b'" -a "%f" "%r"
Mozilla Thunderbird at Windows:
"C:Program FilesMozilla Thunderbirdthunderbird.exe"
-compose to="%r",subject="%b",attachment="%f"
evolution "mailto:?to=%r&attachment=%f" evolution "mailto:?attachment=%f"

In theory it should also work together with tools like Microsoft Outlook - Unfortunately the author wasn't able to bring it up running. Input for the correct commandline is highly welcome.


You can checkout the current source code from the git repository at Get the code by:

git clone

If you want to create a patch, please respect the license of SendMail (GPLv2 or above) as well as intellectual property of third. Patches that should be included to the default distribution must be licensed under the same conditions as SendMail by the copyright owner.

Known issues

In case you are working with white spaces either in your path names, file names or at mail addresses (e.g. for separating two addresses) you should keep care of proper quoting since %s, %b and %r will be replaced without any quotes.

For more recent information, issues will be tracked at


SendMail and all its parts is distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version. A copy of this license can be found in the file COPYING included with the source code of this program. If not, you will be able to get a copy by contacting the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 51 Franklin Street, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA 02110-1301, USA.

Bugs, questions, bugs, homepage

If you found any bugs or want to provide a patch, please contact Frank Lanitz (frank(at)geany(dot)org). Please also do so, if you got any questions and visiting didn't help you to figure out the answer. Visiting the website is also a good start if you want to check for any update on this plugin.

Docs for previous versions