Message a stream by email

You can send emails to Zulip streams. This can be useful

  • If you have an email that you want to discuss on Zulip

  • For mirroring mailing list traffic

  • For integrating a third-party app that can send emails, but which does not easily lend itself to a more direct integration

If you're planning on doing this in an automated way, and have some programming experience, another option is to use our send message API.

Message a stream by email

  1. From your desktop, click on the gear () in the upper right corner.

  2. Click Manage streams.

  3. Select a stream.

  4. Copy the stream email address under Email address.

  5. Send an email to that address.

If you don't see the Email address section, most likely your server administrator has not configured an email gateway.

The email subject will become the Zulip topic, and the email body will become the Zulip message.

Note that it may take up to one minute for the message to show up in Zulip.

Configuration options

The options below control which parts of the email are included in the Zulip message. To add a configuration option, add it right before the @ in the email address.

For example, if the stream email address is general.abcd1234@example.zulipchat.com, you can add the first two options below by sending email to general.abcd1234.show-sender.include-footer@example.zulipchat.com instead.

  • .show-sender: Adds From: <Sender email address> to the top of the Zulip message.

  • .include-footer: By default, Zulip tries to automatically remove some footer text (like signatures). With this option, Zulip will include all footers.

  • .include-quotes: In many email clients, when you reply to a message (e.g. a missed message email), a copy of the original message is automatically added to the bottom of your reply. By default, Zulip tries to remove that copied message. With this option, Zulip will include it.