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RFC 5321

"Simple Mail Transfer Protocol", October 2008

Canonical URL:
http://www.rfc-editor.org/rfc/rfc5321.txt
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Status:
DRAFT STANDARD
Obsoletes:
RFC 2821
Updates:
RFC 1123
Author:
J. Klensin
Stream:
IETF
Source:
NON WORKING GROUP

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Abstract

This document is a specification of the basic protocol for Internet electronic mail transport. It consolidates, updates, and clarifies several previous documents, making all or parts of most of them obsolete. It covers the SMTP extension mechanisms and best practices for the contemporary Internet, but does not provide details about particular extensions. Although SMTP was designed as a mail transport and delivery protocol, this specification also contains information that is important to its use as a "mail submission" protocol for "split-UA" (User Agent) mail reading systems and mobile environments. [STANDARDS-TRACK]


For the definition of Status, see RFC 2026.

For the definition of Stream, see RFC 4844.


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