Pine is a freeware, text-based email client developed at the University of Washington. The first version of this client was written in 1989. Source code was available for only the Unix version under a license written by the University of Washington. Pine is no longer under development, and has been replaced by the new Alpine client, which is licensed as free software.


Compute Systems Invocation Version(s)
Red Hat Linux (64-bit) % /util/bin/pine
% /util/bin/alpine
2.00 (default)


Configure Pine to interact with UB's mail servers:

  1. In your home directory, edit the .pinerc file:
    % vi .pinerc
  2. Set the inbox-path variable:

Newsreader (NNTP)

You can use Pine to read and post to Usenet newsgroups.

NNTP Configuration

  1. % pine
  2. Select [S]etup
  3. Select [C]onfig
  4. Set nntp-server =
  5. Select [E]xit Setup
  6. Select FOLDER [L]IST
  7. Select News on
  8. Select [A]dd to add a new newsgroup
  9. Select [^T]o All Gps to select all newsgroups
  10. Login with your UBIT username and password
  11. Select [S]ubscribe to subscribe to a newsgroup
  12. Select [E]xitSubscb to exit from the subscription list
  13. Select [<] ClctnList to return to the collection list
  14. Select [M]ain Menu to return to the main menu


  1. Find the version of Pine that you're running:
    % pine -v
    Alpine 2.00 (LRH 1167 2008-08-23) built Wed Sep 9 09:28:09 EDT 2009 on
  2. Exit with: :q


  3. % man pine