Community-led development "The Apache Way"
Publicly archived mailing lists are critical to the operation of the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) and to our many Apache Projects. Apache projects use mailing lists to coordinate development of their software and administer their organization. Mailing lists also serve as a primary support channel where users can help each other learn to use the software.
Please be aware that email sent to Apache developer or user mailing lists is subject to our Public Forum Archive Policy.
Note that some Apache mailing lists are not public; they are often but not always named private@. Be sure not to take emails from private discussions or mailing lists into a public forum or list unless there is agreement by all parties to the conversation.
Most lists require a poster to be subscribed. If you are not subscribed, your post requires moderation. This may take hours or days, so it's best to subscribe (as described below) before posting.
Unless otherwise noted, ASF lists are managed by ezmlm, which lets users subscribe or unsubscribe by sending an email to a special address. This works as follows:
ASF committers can also use the Whimsy Mailing List Self-subscription service.
If you want to subscribe
firstname.lastname@example.org, you need to send a message to
To get off a list, send a message to
To unsubscribe a different e-mail - e.g.
you used to be subscribed as
email@example.com - send a message
[The list moderators can also do this.]
If you do not recall the address you used when you subscribed, view the full headers
of any email you received from the list and examine the
List-ID headers; these should embed both the address you are
subscribed as and the address of the mailing list.
Note: Spam filters don't like messages with empty Subjects; just put "subscribe" or "unsubscribe" in the header field. Spam filters are also more likely to reject HTML-formatted messages; please use plain text.
After you send the subscribe or unsubscribe request, the list manager sends you a confirmation e-mail in reply. You must reply to this e-mail to complete the process. If you have not received the confirmation request, check that it has not been marked as spam.
Note: private lists generally require a moderator to confirm the subscription. This may take a day or two. If necessary, try again after a few days. For this reason we recommend that ASF and PMC members use the self-subscribe app to avoid having to wait for the human moderators to check and green-light your subscription request.
To find out more about a list's features, including how to contact the list owner (moderator), send a message to
Ezmlm lists also generally provide subscribers with a way to request specific past messages or ranges of messages: send mail to the list's help address to find out more. This can act as a sort of 'poor man's archive' if the normal archives are inaccessible or don't exist.
All ASF committers can get a list of (a) what email addresses are known to the ASF as belonging to them (b) what mailing lists they are moderating, and (c) what mailing lists they are subscribed to by going to the following page:
You can also subscribe to most mailing lists in digest form. To do this for firstname.lastname@example.org, send a message to
To get off a digest list, send a message to
If you need to unsubscribe a different email or get help with a digest list the same instructions as for subscribing/unsubscribing above apply. Just remember to add -digest after the list name and before the -subscribe or -unsubscribe.
Each mailing list generally has several moderators who look after the list. For further information, see the Committers FAQ - Mail Questions
Archives for public mailing lists are available at a number of locations, including:
Links to project-specific mailing list info can be found on the project resources page.
Tip: if you have a technical question of any kind, the best place to ask is the user@ or dev@ list for the relevant project - Foundation level mailing lists or other Apache contact emails (including individuals' emails) will not be able to help you
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The Apache Conference planning committee uses the
announce@ApacheCon.Com mailing list to make announcements about conferences, conventions,
and trade shows in which the Foundation is participating. Only the Foundation posts Messages on this list; there is no discussion.
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firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list is for discussions of the future of ApacheCon, and future
ApacheCons. (Discussions of current and upcoming ApacheCons which have been approved occur on other lists.)
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firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list is for discussions on future small events, such as
BarCampApaches, Meetups, Retreats and Hackathons. It is for discussing and planning small events that are
not yet ready to seek final approval.
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Participants in the ASF use the
firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list to discuss community-related foundation-wide
topics. Participation in this list is open to everyone, and public archives
This replaces the old
email@example.com list, disabled in 2014.
The ASF Infrastructure team uses the
firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list to discuss issues concerning operation of the
overall Apache Software Foundation systems. Only committers to ASF projects can participate in this list.
Non-committers may send mail to this address to report problems with ASF
systems, however see the notes about system status before
you do. See also information about other ways to contact Infra.
email@example.com mailing list to discuss
foundation-wide issues relating to software distribution repositories, including
our Apache Maven repository of other software releases. Participation in this list is open to everyone, and public archives
firstname.lastname@example.org is a forum for questions (even FAQs) that
have a legal aspect. These questions may concern (for example)
licensing, third party packages, contributor agreement questions and
trademark issues. This list will build into an ad-hoc knowledge base about
those thorny legal issues that most commonly effect Apache projects. Please
keep speculation to a minimum and avoid making authoritative statements
without genuine knowledge of the subject.
Volunteers willing to codify discussions into a FAQ are welcome.
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