Does Dovecot allow different clients to subscribe different subsets of IMAP folders? at at
Thu Jun 4 14:09:20 UTC 2015

Hi Steve,

I don't know if dovecot can use different 'subscriptions' but you can create different accounts and then link (ln -s) the relevant folders in each respective maildir.


On Thu, Jun 04, 2015 at 01:40:57PM +0100, Steve wrote:
> I have a working Dovecot IMAP server (v. 2.2.9) where I have a single
> user but a lot of folders (over 800 in total, hierarchically
> arranged, about 50 of which are in active use.)
> I have multiple clients (including k9Mail on Android and Thunderbird
> on Linux and Windows). These clients all present a consistent
> subscription to a single subset of the available folders .
> What I'd like to be able to do is (somehow) allow different devices
> (different email clients) to subscribe to a different subset of
> folders. For example, I may want K9mail on my phone to be subscribed
> only to my "main Inbox" - but for Thunderbird on Windows to also be
> subscribed to active mailing-list folders.
> Does Dovecot support such a mode of operation? If so, how do I
> configure it? If not, what options are there to achieve the desired
> end result - i.e. different devices/IMAP clients subscribed to
> different subsets of the universe of folders available to a single
> user.
> Mandatory details:
> Version : 2.2.9
> Configuration: See

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