Image of JISCMail logo w/ link to homepage
Email discussion lists for the UK Education and Research communities

Email Commands

Sending a Command

LISTSERV® has a powerful command interpreter that allows you to perform most list-related tasks by email.

To send a command, open a new email and complete it as follows:

screenshot of an email with a command


The To: address should be
The subject is ignored by LISTSERV, so can be left blank.
Ideally, all that should be present in the Message body is the command and its syntax. You can send more than one command at once providing each command begins on a new line.

Important: If a signature, or anything else, is contained in the message body after the command(s) it is vital that it is preceeded by a '--', otherwise LISTSERV will try to interpret it as part of the command

There are various subscriber commands and List Owner commands you can use.