Programming language: Go
Tags: Email     Communication systems     Mailing lists and Newsletters    
Latest version: v0.6.2-alpha

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listmonk is alpha software and may change and break. Use with caution. That said, it has been in active use at zerodha.com for several months where it has processed hundreds of campaigns and tens of millions of e-mails.

listmonk is a standalone, self-hosted, newsletter and mailing list manager. It is fast, feature-rich, and packed into a single binary. It uses a PostgreSQL database as its data store.


Installation and use

  • Download the latest release for your platform and extract the listmonk binary. For example: tar -C $HOME/listmonk -xzf listmonk_$VERSION_$OS_$ARCH.tar.gz
  • Navigate to the directory containing the binary (cd $HOME/listmonk) and run ./listmonk --new-config to generate a sample config.toml and add your configuration (SMTP and Postgres DB credentials primarily).
  • ./listmonk --install to setup the DB.
  • Run ./listmonk and visit http://localhost:9000.
  • Since there is no user auth yet, it's best to put listmonk behind a proxy like Nginx and setup basicauth on all endpoints except for the few endpoints that need to be public. Here is a sample nginx config for production use.

Configuration and customization

See the configuration Wiki page.

Running on Docker

You can pull the official Docker Image from Docker Hub.

You can checkout the [docker-compose.yml](docker-compose.yml) to get an idea of how to run listmonk with PostgreSQL together using Docker (also see configuring with environment variables).

  • docker-compose up -d app db to run all the services together.
  • docker-compose run --rm app ./listmonk --install to setup the DB.
  • Visit http://localhost:9000.

Alternatively, to run a demo of listmonk, you can quickly spin up a container docker-compose up -d demo-db demo-app. NOTE: This doesn't persist Postgres data after you stop and remove the container, this setup is intended only for demo. DO NOT use the demo setup in production.

Other deployments


Using the Nginx buildpack can be used to deploy listmonk on Heroku and use Nginx as a proxy to setup basicauth. This one-click Heroku deploy button provides an automated default deployment.


Please note that configuration options must be set using environment configruation variables.

Help and docs

Help and documentation (work in progress).

Current features

  • Admin dashboard
  • Public, private, single and double optin lists (with optin campaigns)
  • Fast bulk subscriber import
  • Custom subscriber attributes
  • Subscriber querying and segmentation with ad-hoc SQL expressions
  • Subscriber data wipe / export privacy features
  • Rich programmable Go HTML templates and WYSIWYG editor
  • Media gallery (disk and S3 storage)
  • Multi-threaded multi-SMTP e-mail queues for fast campaign delivery
  • HTTP/JSON APIs for everything
  • Clicks and view tracking
  • and more ...


  • DB migrations
  • Bounce tracking
  • User auth, management, permissions
  • Ability to write raw campaign logs to a target
  • Analytics views and reports
  • Better widgets on dashboard
  • Tests!


listmonk is free, open source software licensed under AGPLv3. There are several essential features such as user auth/management and bounce tracking that are currently missing. Contributions are welcome.

The backend is written in Go and the frontend is in React with Ant Design for UI. See developer setup to get started.


listmonk is licensed under the AGPL v3 license.

*Note that all licence references and agreements mentioned in the Listmonk README section above are relevant to that project's source code only.