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Mailman documentation

Some Mailman documentation is available on these wiki pages and some is available on the Mailman website. In general though, this wiki will have the most up-to-date documentation as it's much easier to edit these pages than push out new web page documentation.

Need quick help?

If you have a particular problem you need solving, the fastest way to find the answer is usually to search the wiki documentation. Try that first!

Note that you can search the wiki documentation using the search box on the upper right. You may also want to search the Mailman-users archives to see if other people have had similar questions. If you can't find your answer here, you can post your question to the Mailman-users list. Please join the list before posting.

See also Where do I go for help?

Frequently Asked Questions

The Frequently Asked Questions are now available in the wiki. Please feel free to add any new questions/answers as you see fit!

List Members / Subscribers

The Mailman 2.1 Members Manual is intended for the subscribers of Mailman lists. It includes basic subscription/unsubscription information as well as more advanced features such as topics, vacation settings, etc.

There is also a section on 2 Help for mailing list members in the Frequently Asked Questions.

List Administrators

The Mailman 2.1 List Administrators Manual is intended for the owners of Mailman lists. This manual is NOT complete, but does explain many of the features available in the Mailman 2.1 list administration interface.

There is also a section on 3 List administrator tasks in the Frequently Asked Questions.

Site Administrators

The Mailman 2.1 Site Administration Manual contains information useful to system administrators who maintain Mailman installations. This document is not yet complete.

The Installation requirements may also be useful for site administrators.

There is also a section on 4 Site administrator tasks in the Frequently Asked Questions, as well as sections on 5 Downloading and installing Mailman and 6 Integration issues (with mail or web servers), both of which may be helpful to site administrators installing and configuring Mailman.

Finally, the GNU Mailman - Installation Manual describes how to build and install Mailman. It contains general instructions, as well as specific details for various platforms, mail, and web servers. It is also available in PDF format (approx. 110k), Postscript format, (approx. 129k), and Plain text format (approx. 63k).


terri's Mailman 2.1 Members Manual has been translated to Spanish by Pablo Chamorro C. View GNU Mailman Manual del Suscriptor de Listas in HTML or in PDF format (approx. 132k), DVI format (approx. 104k), PS format (approx. 160k), or Plain text format (approx. 76k).

External Links:

The University of Washington has some very nice documentation on their installation of Mailman. It may be specific to UW's set up at times, but you might find it useful as a general help guide too.

Nigel Metheringham has posted a on using Exim and Mailman together. If you're using the Exim mailer you should check this out.

Older documentation

terri's Mailman documentation on her personal website
The latest version of these documents is the wiki

Old documentation from the Mailman website:



At present there are no English books on Mailman available. If you're interested in co-authoring such a book, contact Barry Warsaw <barry NO AT HARVEST python DOT org>.


mailman-buch.png Heiko Rommel: Mailman -- Mailinglisten einrichten und verwalten
©2007 Open Source Press München 
ISBN 978-3-937514-32-1
Sample chapter on How to handle Bounces (PDF)
Table of Contents (PDF)

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