Using FastMail with Pegasus Mail

What you need to know

Note: If you already know how to set up your client, and you already understand the information below, see this help page for the server information you need to set up your e-mail client. The Troubleshooting Issues section at the bottom of this page may be helpful if you have problems.

In order to use pegasusmail with FastMail, you'll need to enter the following information:

  • username - When you signed up for FastMail, you chose a username which is also your e-mail address. You must use the full username, including the name and the domain part, which is the part after the '@' symbol. For example, a user named John Doe might have chosen a username of "". Make sure that you specify your username in lowercase only.
  • password - When you signed up for FastMail, you chose a password to go along with your username. You will need the password to access your account. The password also keeps others from being able to access your e-mail. Your password is case sensitive, so be sure that you type it in correctly. "PASS123" is different to  "pass123". Often, users forget about the CapsLock button and mistype their password.
  • incoming mail server (IMAP or POP) - This is the server that you get your e-mail from. Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP) and Post Office Protocol (POP) are retrieval methods used to move e-mail messages from the server to your e-mail client so that you can read your messages. POP access is not available for all service levels, please check the pricing table for details. Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) is required for your protection as well. SSL keeps people from reading your e-mail as it is transmitted between the e-mail server and your computer.
  • outgoing mail server (SMTP) - This is the server that sends your e-mail. Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) is the method that your client uses to move e-mail messages from your client to the server so that it can send your messages. The FastMail SMTP server is not available for all service levels, please check the pricing table for details. If your service level does not allow use of the FastMail SMTP server, you must use the SMTP server provided by your Internet Service Provider (ISP).

    The FastMail SMTP server requires SMTP Authentication. This keeps people who are not users of the FastMail service from using the SMTP server to send spam messages on the Internet. SSL is required for the FastMail SMTP server. If you don't use the FastMail SMTP server, you may have different options or requirements. You will need to get that information from your ISP.

Thanks to Gerd Bertling for these instructions.

Incoming/Outgoing Server Setup

NOTE: The screenshots in this setup documentation show the server name as "". Unfortunately because of problems with the SSL support in pegasusmail, this is incorrect. Instead use "" as described in the text accompanying each image.

To set up Pegasus Mail, simply follow the diagrams below. Unfortunately Pegasus Mail does not yet support "Disconnected mode"; therefore you must be online to use Pegasus Mail with IMAP. Most other IMAP clients do not have this limitation--Pegasus Mail's IMAP support is slated to be improved in the next version.

  1. Launch 'Pegasus Mail' and select 'Internet options' from 'Tools' menu.

  2. In the 'General' tab, enter your email address in the 'My Internet e-mail address is:' field in the yellow box.

  3. In the 'Receiving (POP3)' tab, enter '' as the 'POP3 host' in the green box. In the 'User name:' field in the yellow box, enter your email address, and in the 'Password:' field enter your password.

  4. In the 'Sending (SMTP)' tab, enter '' as the 'SMTP host:'. In the 'Authentication' section, enter your email address in the 'Login with username:' field, and your password shall be entered in the 'password:' field, and make sure that the 'Login with username:' box is checked. Click 'OK'.

  5. Note:These instructions assume that you are a member. If you are a guest, you will need to use your Internet Service Provider's SMTP server; in the SMTP server section below use your ISP's SMTP server name, not ''. You will need to contact your ISP if you do not know their SMTP server name. Or simply purchase a membership, which is a setup fee of $14.95; click 'Upgrade' on the 'Preferences' screen to do this.

  6. Again select 'Tools' and choose 'IMAP profiles'.In the 'Manage IMAP profiles' window that comes up, click 'New'.

  7. In the 'Profile name:' field, enter something you can remeber like 'FastMail Account'. In the 'IMAP Server address' field in the green box, enter ''. In the 'Login name:' field in the yellow box, you can enter your email address. Type your password in the 'Password:' column and in the 'Type password again:' column. Give 'inbox' in your 'Mailbox reference' field and click 'OK'.

  8. You can select your account 'Manage IMAP profiles' window, and can click 'Connect' to connect to the server. Alternatively, you can double-click on your account name to connect.

Troubleshooting Issues

There are no known troubleshooting issues with this client.

Last modified on: Wed May 14 12:00:00 UTC 2003