Pigeonhole Installation

Getting the sources

You can download the latest released sources from the Pigeonhole download page.

Alternatively, you can get the sources, including the most recent unreleased changes, from the GitHub repository :

git clone https://github.com/dovecot/pigeonhole


If you downloaded the sources using Mercurial, you will need to execute ./autogen.sh first to build the automake structure in your source tree. This process requires autotools and libtool to be installed.

If you installed Dovecot from sources, Pigeonhole’s configure script should be able to find the installed dovecot-config automatically:

sudo make install

If this doesn’t work, you can use --with-dovecot=<path> configure option, where the path points to a directory containing dovecot-config file. This can point to an installed file:

./configure --with-dovecot=/usr/local/lib/dovecot
sudo make install

or to Dovecot source directory that is already compiled:

./configure --with-dovecot=../dovecot-2.3.11/
sudo make install

IMPORTANT: You need to recompile Pigeonhole when you upgrade Dovecot to a new version, because otherwise the Sieve interpreter plugin will fail to load with a version error.

Prebuilt Binaries


You can get pigeonhole packages from https://repo.dovecot.org.

Alpine Linux

Pigeonhole can be installed from packages by running:

apk add dovecot-pigeonhole-plugin


Pigeonhole is available in the community repositories, and can be installed by running:

pacman -S  pigeonhole

RHEL 6 + clones (CentOS, Scientific Linux, …)

Pigeonhole is available in the main repository, and can be installed by running:

yum install dovecot-pigeonhole


Starting with Debian Wheezy, Pigeonhole binaries are distributed in separate packages: dovecot-sieve for the Sieve interpreter and dovecot-managesieved for the ManageSieve service. You can install these by running:

apt-get install dovecot-sieve dovecot-managesieved

Older Debian releases have Sieve and ManageSieve support included in the main dovecot-common package, meaning that this is always available for those releases once Dovecot is installed.


It is part of the dovecot (dovecot21) rpm. There is no need to install additional packages.


Pigeonhole can be installed from ports by running:

cd /usr/ports/mail/dovecot-pigeonhole
make install clean

It can be also be installed from packages by running:

pkg install dovecot-pigeonhole


Pigeonhole can be installed from packages by running:

pkg_add dovecot-pigeonhole