Licence: Shareware ($9.99)
Version 1.6.4 | Release Date: 2013-06-24 | Download

What's New in Version 1.6.4

- Bug fixes

Version 1.6.3 | Release Date: 2012-08-09 | Download

What's New in Version 1.6.3

- improved performance when loading huge conversations
- URL in subject can be clicked
- date and subject in headers can be selected
- improved avatar in message cells
- improved IMAP compatibility
- brazilian localization
- fixed progress indicator in message view
- fixed crash when loading some HTML messages
- fixed crash with POP accounts fixed

Version 1.6.2 | Release Date: 2012-07-13 | Download

What's New in Version 1.6.2

- Retina support

Bug fix:
- Memory and CPU improvements

Version 1.6.1 | Release Date: 2012-06-05 | Download

What's New in Version 1.6.1

- copy-paste of images in the message composer now generates PNG instead of TIFF files
- Fixed gmail group sync
- Fixed forwarding of emails with attachments on POP accounts
- POP account folders management issues
- POP account restoration
- CPU issue

Version 1.6 | Release Date: 2012-05-17 | Download

What's New in Version 1.6

New features:
- POP support
- Esc on Quick Reply saves as draft
- Empty spam
- Unified inbox shows starred, sent, drafts, etc.
- Inbox zero message
- Composer: tab toggle now works for selecting the sending account
- Pull to refresh updates list of starred messages / unread messages / priority messages
- Shift-cmd-option-M toggles Extended Sidebar
- App startup time improvement

Bug Fix:
- Fixed avatar behavior (thanks to Ellis Hamburger)
- Improved charset decoding
- Remove flickering when message list is empty
- Fixed scrollers behavior in sidebar
- Random scroll in the list when switching folder
- Parsing issue with Asana mail
- Periodical log clean up
- Improved contacts synchronization from Gmail
- Draft icon aligment in conversation view
- Refresh folders list periodically
- Avoid marking conversations as read automatically when it was previously selected and mailbox is empty
- Handle additional international subject reply and forward prefix

Version 1.5 | Release Date: 2011-12-07 | Download

What's New in Version 1.5

3 new features:

- Dropbox integration. Drag, drop, send (and sync). Sending a mail with attachment has never been simpler.
- Improved search with tokens and suggestions.
- Remote image blocking for a better Spam control.

Bug fix:
- Unread count issue
- iCloud sync bug
- Unified Inbox sync bug
- Font size is kept in composer
- Encoding issue for Korean, Japanese, Russian and Arabic

Version 1.4.2 | Release Date: 2011-11-07 | Download

What's New in Version 1.4.2

This version fixes a specific crash

Version 1.4.1 | Release Date: 2011-10-27 | Download

What's New in Version 1.4.1

- Email sort order
- iCloud compatibility
- Growl support
- Fixed delay on badge/menubar unread counter
- Cloudapp drag&drop of several files in plain text mode
- Fixed issue with passwords and menubar only mode
- Quickreply all button in conversation view
- Fixed arrow key navigation in conversation view
- Fixed support of Thai & Russian emails

Version 1.4 | Release Date: 2011-10-05 | Download

What's New in Version 1.4


- GetCloudApp integration: directly upload your attachments to the cloud. Drag, Drop, it's in the cloud. Share file fast.
- Reversed threads (à la Gmail): simply reverse the order of messages in the conversation view from Sparrow Preferences
- Pull-to-refresh
- Cmd-A now works to select all text in the conversation view

- Default image in conversation view when no message or multiple message are selected
- Default compose window size is kept
- Message list keeps its default size when resizing the window
- Sidebar animations when showing/hiding

Under the hood:
- Sending performance
- New draft management system
- Bad network/offline behavior
- Improvement on mail database
- Synchronization performance

Bug fixes:
- Zoho compatibility
- Lotus Domino compatibility
- Free compatibility
- Dovecot server
- Crash on Send & Archive and various crashes
- Animation bug when un-minimizing Sparrow from the Menu bar icon
- Hanging issue on Lion
- Erased space in signature
- 'Not Spam' option in the Spam folder

Version 1.3.2 | Release Date: 2011-08-29 | Download

What's New in Version 1.3.2

- Drag and drop mail in your folders / labels in extended sidebar
- Character counter in compose window for Shortmail accounts
- Focus on Compose window in full screen mode

- New conversation view design
- New quick reply design
- Top bar gradient redesign
- New default avatars for incoming mail

Bug fixes:
- Transparent text issue in compose window
- Window and sidebar size memory issue
- Alt-L Polish character issue
- Fixed Esc key behavior in fullscreen
- Unminimize animation fixed
- Shift-Cmd-2 in Extended sidebar Unified Inbox
- Copy and paste issue in compose window
- Inline attachment resize issue
- Improved memory usage
- Fixed various crashes

Version 1.2 | Release Date: 2011-05-25 | Download

With 1.2, Sparrow gets social with Facebook friend's profile pictures, fluent in 9 languages and adds Unified Inbox:

New Features:

- Facebook friends profile pictures integration
- Add Facebook friends directly from Sparrow
- Unified Inbox
- Gravatar support
- Threading by subject
- New interface design
- Dock icon: compose new message on right click
- Free resizing of the message list
- Font preferences in compose window
- Preference to hide Inbox selection bar
- Account names appear faster on hover

- Localization in 8 languages:
- French
- Chinese
- Italian
- Spanish
- Russian
- Dutch
- German
- Japanese

Bug fix:
- Icon bounce
- various calendar invite fix
- Text expander issue fix
- Fix for folder mapping
- Greek, Korean, Swedish text encoding
- Fix connection issue with Zoho
- Multiple copies of sent mail issue
- Hidden at start up fix
- Growl picture is now sender avatar
- Connection doctor

Version 1.1 (674) | Release Date: 2011-03-22 | Download

Sparrow 1.1 is a major update.
It brings a lot of new features and fixes bugs of Sparrow 1.0.1:

New features:

- General IMAP support: you can now use Gmail, Mobile Me, Yahoo, AOL and any custom IMAP account you want with Sparrow

- Priority Inbox: all the power of Gmail's Priority Inbox is now integrated straight in Sparrow
- Unread View: a dedicated view to browse your unread mails.
- Per Alias signature: you can now have a signature for each of your avatars
- Formatting bar: choose your font, font size, text color, quote level and more directly from the compose window
- Minimal mode: allows you to hide the message previews in the message list
- Multitouch gestures
- Contact group support
- Gravatar support

Bug fix:

- Archive synchronization issue
- Return issue in the compose window
- Option to send a mail with right click within the ‘i’ section
- Show / Hide behavior now hides the application properly
- Mark as Spam shortcut
- Crash linked to search with Cmd-F
- Failure to save all attachments when downloading
- Drag and drop addresses from the (i) section
- HTML/CSS rendering issues
- Rotated image not displaying correctly
- Send web page from Safari
- Improved sync with AddressBook
- Improved mail database
- Improved memory use
- Improved scroll performance
- Auto detection of existing addresses in AddressBook for right-click contextual menu in ‘i’
- Start Sparrow hidden
- Message view right alignement issue
- Warning when a mail has no subject
- Spell-check in the subject line
- Inbox zero creates a constant flashing in the blank view
- Threads get splitted due to ‘Re:’ translation

Version 1.01 | Release Date: 2010-12-20 | Download

Sparrow Beta 7

It’s Christmas time and we are both proud and glad to offer you Sparrow Beta 7. Our little bird had a serious face lift and performance boost.


  • Progress Bar
  • Gmail shortcuts 
  • Quick labeling
  • Quick Labeling and Archiving
  • Smart recipient auto-complete
  • ‘Download message on demand’ option
  • Auto-restart on Menu Bar/Dock settings
  • Quicklook in the compose window
  • Horizontal scrollbar
  • Plain text option


  • ⌘-L Quick labelling
  • ⇧-⌘-L Quick labeling & Archiving
  • ⌘-K  to insert link in the compose window

General improvements

  • Message list scroll performance
  • Category/account switch performance
  • Auto-detect SMTP port failures 


  • New compose window design
  • New conversation view design
  • Message list re-design

Bug fix

  • Printing bug
  • ⌘↵ shortcut fix
  • Search crash
  • Sync issues
  • Forwarded message not shown
  • Dragging selection scroll
  • Labels randomly turns black
  • Encoding issues
  • Empty message bug
  • URL not converted to link
  • Scattered space
  • And a gazillion other bugs 

‘Download on demand’ in the Advanced Preference Panel will allow Gmail users with large mailboxes to limit the synchronization between Sparrow and their account.

Sparrow is also becoming Mac AppStore compliant and resource location have been changed. You will now find your mail database in LIbrary/ApplicationSupport/Sparrow and your preferences file in Library/Preferences named com.sparrowmailapp.sparrow.plist.

We are also testing advertising in this version of Sparrow. Of course, you’ll be able to turn the ads on & off at your convenience in the Preferences Advanced panel by clicking on ‘Disable Ads’.

Grab your Sparrow Beta 7 copy here or simply ‘Check for update’. 

Merry Christmas to you all and happy new year!

Version 1.0 Beta6 | Release Date: 2010-12-01 | Download
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Version 1.0 beta 6 | Release Date: 2010-11-29 | Download

Report Spam
‘Add label’ from the right pane
Notifications when pane is open ‘à la Gmail’
Inserting new line in reply
Creating links
Drag & Drop attachments made right
⌘-⌫ to delete
⌫ to archive
⌘-A is back!
⇧-⌘-J to mark as Spam
Configurable HotKeys in Preferences (new mail & Sparrow window)
General improvements:
Search performance
Switching category/accounts performance
Message loading performance
Higher level for sounds
Message list redesign
ToolBar icon hover
Cell selection fade-in has been deleted Menu layout
Bug fix:
Permanent loading issue
Alias name editing
Label assignment
Sync between all windows
Application won’t stay minimized
Focus problem when switching apps
Search crash
Quicklook crash
Label with [Gmail]/ prefix
Text encoding (Chinese, Cyrillic)
Attachments in replies
And many, many more that we won’t list here.

Version 1.0beta5 (365) | Release Date: 2010-11-11 | Download

New features

  • Labels
  • Quicklook on attachments
  • Save Cc/Bcc state
  • Click on a sidebar icon (inbox, favorite…) get you to the top of the list
  • ‘Move to inbox’ from archive and search sections
  • Memorize main window size
  • Attachments saved in ‘downloads’ folder


  • Cmd + Enter for send
  • Esc to close the window
  • Space to open/close a message in the message list
  • Open link in background (cmd + click)

General improvements

  • ‘Me’ in conversations
  • CPU/ memory usage
  • Scroll speed


  • New toolbar
  • New message list buttons
  • New sounds
  • Label and alias icons in preferences
  • New selected cell color

Bug fix

  • Single account alias
  • Avatar transparency
  • Email auto-scrolling to the bottom bug
  • Sending issues
  • Removing account crash
Version 1.0beta4 (333) | Release Date: 2010-10-18 | Download


New sidebar design

New selected state for mail cell in message list

Bug fix:

Scrolling speed (with non-Apple mouse)

Sending mail issues

Improved performance in the conversation view

‘Bcc’ issue

Multiple drafts issue

New mail not appearing in the inbox

Crash (Leopard) when changing avatar and signature


Alias support

Hide Menu Bar/Dock icon

Mini menu in Menu Bar when dock is hidden

Copy/Paste images

Shortcuts in window mode

And many more new stuff for you to discover

Version 1.0 beta3 | Release Date: 2010-10-10 | Download
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Version 1.0 beta (301) | Release Date: 2010-10-05 | Download
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