JavaMail Reference Implementation

JavaMail for Android

JavaMail for Android is now available!

Android does not provide a Java Compatible runtime and so can’t run the standard JavaMail distribution. Instead, a special version of JavaMail is available for Android. This special version of JavaMail depends on a special version of the JavaBeans Activation Framework.

This version is available from the maven repository. You can try out this version by adding the following to your build.gradle file for your Android application:

android {
    packagingOptions {
        pickFirst 'META-INF/LICENSE.txt' // picks the JavaMail license file

repositories { 
    maven {
        url ""

dependencies {
    // use whatever the current version is...
    compile 'com.sun.mail:android-mail:1.6.2'
    compile 'com.sun.mail:android-activation:1.6.2'

One of the standard Java features not supported on Android is SASL. That means none of the “mail.protocol.sasl.*” properties will have any effect. One of the main uses of SASL was to enable OAuth2 support. The latest version of JavaMail includes built-in OAuth2 support that doesn’t require SASL. See the OAuth2 page for more details.

JavaMail for Android requires at least Android API level 19, which corresponds to Android KitKat, currently the oldest supported version of Android.

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