When comparing Mutt vs Alpine, the Slant community recommends Mutt for most people. In the question“What are the best native e-mail clients for Linux?” Mutt is ranked 3rd while Alpine is ranked 11th.
Ranked in these QuestionsQuestion Ranking
Pro Terminal based
Pro Small and efficient
Pro Highly configurable macros
Pro Threads emails
Pro Active development
Even though it was first released in 1995, Mutt still enjoys an active community following it and having new releases constantly.
Pro Work with regular expressions
Mails can be filtered, deleted, flagged, etc. with regular expressions which makes mail management very efficient.
Pro Compose mails in your favorite editor
Edit mails efficiently with an editor you already can work fluently with.
Pro Extremely user-friendly
Pro Can use the built-in text editor or can be integrated with another text editor
Alpine comes with pico, a lightweight text editor which can also be used as a standalone tool. It can also be integrated with vi, vim, emacs, etc... if the user prefers to do so.
Pro On-screen contextual help
Alpine has contextual help that can be displayed on-screen. Removing the need to consult the man pages every time you forget a command or how to do something inside it.
It runs inside the terminal so it doesn't display HTML email, fonts, or graphical elements.
Con Updates are not frequent
Alpine is not updated frequently. This means that new features, bug fixes or security updates come much later than in other email clients.