The Bat!

For other uses, see Bat (disambiguation).
The Bat!
Developer(s) Ritlabs, SRL
Initial release March 1997 (1997-03)
Stable release 7.3.6 (September 13, 2016 (2016-09-13)) [±]
Operating system Windows
Size 36 MB
Type Email client
License 30-day trial period, US-$27 home version, US-$60 Pro version

The Bat! is a shareware email client for the Microsoft Windows operating system, developed by Ritlabs, SRL, a company based in Chişinău, Moldova.

The Bat! has been regarded as an alternative email client for advanced email users.[1][2][3][4] It is often praised for its focus on security,[5][6][7] as well as user interface customization and filtering capabilities.[8][9]


The Bat! email client processes and stores an unlimited number of messages and has no restriction on the number of added email accounts.

Data security



Forged headers

The client's name was included as a preset for forging the X-Mailer software user agent identification header[17] in a popular mass-mailing tool. SpamAssassin rules now include detection for such forged headers.[18]

System requirements

Compatible with Microsoft Windows XP and later versions. No minimum requirements for memory size or CPU speed. Runs on any Windows PC platform with at least 1024x768 screen resolution, and on Windows 8 tablets.

See also


  1. Tschabitscher, Heinz (May 2012). "The Bat! 5.1 - Windows Email Program". Retrieved 14 June 2012.
  2. Kraynak, Joe. Top 100 Simplified Tips & Tricks. p. 133. ISBN 0-7645-7474-4.
  3. Winder, Davey (April 2006). "Product Reviews: The Bat! 3.6 Professional". PC Pro Magazine. No. 138. Retrieved 14 June 2012.
  4. IT Reviews Staff. "Ritlabs, SRL - The Bat! review". IT Reviews. Retrieved 14 June 2012.
  5. Gaskin, James. Broadband Bible. Wiley. p. 144. ISBN 0-7645-6951-1.
  6. LUBRINCO Group (January 2005). ÆGIS. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. Glitman, Russell (17 February 2004). "The Bat! 2.0". PC Mag: 68. Retrieved 14 June 2012.
  8. Randall, Neil (November 2005). PC Magazine Windows XP Solutions (2 ed.). Wiley. p. 163. ISBN 0471747521. along with its templates and forms, and its highly sophisticated filtering and sorting systems, this feature demonstrates its ties to the business community. But it's also of considerable use on non-business PCs, particularly if you grow tired of Outlook (or don't want to buy Outlook.
  9. Spanbauer, Scott (2 April 2007). "Discover These Lesser-Known Web and Email Tools". PCWorld. p. 5. Retrieved 14 June 2012.
  10. "Ritlabs, SRL says that The Bat! users have nothing to be afraid of". Ritlabs, SRL. 25 September 2006.
  11. "US Defence Department against Microsoft Outlook". Ritlabs, SRL. 30 December 2006.
  12. "Security and speed boost in the 64-bit version of The Bat!". Ritlabs, SRL. 5 February 2015.
  13. "The Bat! v7: Keep your address book in touch with your smartphone". Ritlabs, SRL. 5 August 2015.
  14. "OAuth Authentication for Gmail and Mail.Ru in Christmas Edition of The Bat!". Ritlabs, SRL. 6 January 2016.
  15. "The Bat! v7.2: faster email download and improvements in the HTML editor". Ritlabs, SRL. 20 July 2016.
  16. "Security Enhancements in TLS/SSL and Better Handling of HTML Messages Round Up in The Bat! v7.3". Ritlabs, SRL. 13 September 2016.
  17. "The Bat! and The Spammer".
  18. Mason, Justin (18 October 2007). "Don't Block "The Bat!"". SpamAssassin. Retrieved 14 June 2012.
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