About MailmanLists

About MailmanLists

MailmanLists have been providing hosted GNU Mailman lists on servers around the world since 2008. In addition to maintaining the servers, we provide assistance to list-owners 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Comments on how we're doing, or how we can improve, are always welcome. Please contact us.

GPO Box 988
Canberra City ACT 2601
Tel: +61 .2 61003121
office (at)

MailmanLists is an Associate Member of the Free Software Foundation .

About GNU Mailman

With more than two dozen languages supported GNU Mailman is the world's most used mailing-list manager and it's stood the test of time – having been in constant revision for nearly twenty years. It's the software that: processes email to-and-from lists; enables people to join and leave mailing-lists; provides webpages for the administration of lists, and much more. GNU Mailman has a truly inspiring team of core developers, and contributions are made by the Mailman community around the world.

Version 2.1.29 was released on 24 July 2018 and that's what we're currently hosting. To learn more visit the GNU Mailman website

If you're new to Mailman you can take a look at the default web interface that every list comes with. There are administration pages and public pages. The look and feel of those pages can be changed via the Administration – but you'll need to know some HTMl to do that. Feel free to explore the pages and make changes. The list's name is "example" and its pages are for demonstration only and the list doesn't send emails. All the settings are flushed and reset every hour.

About mailing-lists in general

Below is an excerpt from GNU Mailman – List Member Manual written by Terri Oda, 2019.

A mailing list is simply a list of addresses to which the same information is being sent. If you were a magazine publisher, you would have a list of the mailing addresses of all the subscribers to the magazine. In the case of an electronic mailing list, we use a list of email addresses from people interested in hearing about or discussing a given topic.

Two common types of email mailing lists are announcement lists and discussion lists.

Announcement lists are are used so that one person or group can send announcements to a group of people, much like a magazine publisher's mailing list is used to send out magazines. For example, a band may use a mailing list to let their fan base know about their upcoming concerts.

A discussion list is used to allow a group of people to discuss topics amongst themselves, with everyone able to send mail to the list and have it distributed to everyone in the group. This discussion may also be moderated, so only selected posts are sent on to the group as a whole, or only certain people are allowed to send to the group. For example, a group of model plane enthusiasts might use a mailing list to share tips about model construction and flying.