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Mailvelope brings PGP encryption to webmail clients for services such as Gmail, Yahoo, and others while also being configurable for use on private email servers that offer a web client experience.

Mailvelope facilitates email encryption for users of browser based email providers. It comes as a browser extension and allows enhancement of existing web-mailers like Gmail™ or Yahoo™ with functionality to encrypt and decrypt mails. Mailvelope is based on the OpenPGP standard, offers key management, and is therefore compatible with existing PGP implementations. This project aims to further develop Mailvelope by improving the usability of the current solution, adding more features to make Mailvelope competitive with existing PGP applications, improving the website and documentation, making the project more open to contributors and supporting multiple languages. A few of the high-level objectives for this project are 1) Improve the automatic key exchange; 2) Improve key maintenance; 3) Update OpenPGP implementation; 4) Improve documentation, provide tutorial for beginners; and 5) Localization efforts.

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Current project status

Just an idea (Pre-alpha)
It exists! (Alpha/Beta)
It's basically done (Release)
People use it (Production)

Funding to date

2013 $140,320 18 months
2017 $121,000 18 months

Total Funding: $261,320

Addressed problems

  • Repressive surveillance or monitoring of communication


  • Technology development


  • Activists
  • Journalists
  • Advocacy groups/NGOs
  • Technologists
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Government
  • Academia
  • General public

Region(s) archive

  • Global

Technology attributes

  • Browser extension
  • Cryptography

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