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ManageSieve client library for remotely managing Sieve scripts

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Hartmut Goebel <>


Python Software Foundation License and GNU Public Licence v3 (GPLv3)



Sieve scripts allow users to filter incoming email on the mail server. The ManageSieve protocol allows managing Sieve scripts on a remote mail server. These servers are commonly sealed so users cannot log into them, yet users must be able to update their scripts on them. This is what for the “ManageSieve” protocol is. For more information about the ManageSieve protocol see RFC 5804.

This module allows accessing a Sieve-Server for managing Sieve scripts there. It is accompanied by a simple yet functional user application ‘sieveshell’.

Changes since 0.6

  • Minimum required Python version is now Python 3.6.

  • For get and put expand ~ and ~user constructions in filename . For put, if script-name is not given, the file’s basename is used.

  • Some minor clean-up.

  • Fix error when constructing debug error message.

  • Actually raise debug-only exceptions instead of jsut returning them.

  • Fix invalid string-escape in docstring.

  • Some minor clean-up.

Requirements and Installation

managesieve requires

  • Python (tested 2.7 and 3.4—3.6, but newer versions should work, too), and

  • setuptools or pip for installation.

Not yet implemented

  • sieve-names are only quoted dump (put into quotes, but no escapes yet).


Based on from Ulrich Eck <> which is part of of ‘ImapClient’ (see, a Zope product.

Some ideas taken from imaplib written by Piers Lauder <> et al.

Thanks to Tomas ‘Skitta’ Lindroos, Lorenzo Boccaccia, Alain Spineux, darkness, Gregory Boyce and Grégoire Détrez for sending patches.

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