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The Bat!
Developer(s)Ritlabs, SRL
Initial releaseMarch 1997; 24 years ago (1997-03)
Stable release9.3.4 (April 23, 2021; 47 days ago (2021-04-23)) [±]
Operating systemWindows
Size110 MB
TypeEmail client

The Bat! is an email client for the Microsoft Windows operating system, developed by Ritlabs, SRL, a company based in Chişinău, Moldova. There are two versions: a Home version and a Professional version. The Professional version includes a portable module, The Bat Voyager. [1]

On May 26, 2020, Stefan Tanurkov became the new CEO at Ritlabs and announced a new direction and the need for drastic changes, pointing to a future diversity of development directions. [2]


Reviews indicate that The Bat! has been regarded as an alternative email client for email users who seek a strong emphasis on security, as well as having many customization and filtering options, yet has also been criticized for its complexity and difficulty in learning.


Message Protocol

The Bat! supports POP3, IMAP, and Microsoft Exchange Server email.

Message Management

The Bat! provides virtual folders, advanced filtering, extensive search, a macro language, templates, tags, and color groups to assist in managing email.

Themes and Customization

In November 2020, with release of version 9.3 The Bat! introduced a number of themes to change its look and feel, also providing the ability for further color changes to the themes as provided. Toolbars and menus may also be modified, although doing that is difficult and not well documented.

Data security



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 tablets.

See also


  1. ^ ""The Bat! Voyager".
  2. ^ "New CEO at Ritlabs, SRL". Ritlabs, SRL. 26 May 2020.
  3. ^ "Security and speed boost in the 64-bit version of The Bat!". Ritlabs, SRL. 5 February 2015.
  4. ^ "The Bat! v7: Keep your address book in touch with your smartphone". Ritlabs, SRL. 5 August 2015.
  5. ^ "OAuth Authentication for Gmail and Mail.Ru in Christmas Edition of The Bat!". Ritlabs, SRL. 6 January 2016.
  6. ^ "The Bat! v7.2: faster email download and improvements in the HTML editor". Ritlabs, SRL. 20 July 2016.
  7. ^ "Security Enhancements in TLS/SSL and Better Handling of HTML Messages Round Up in The Bat! v7.3". Ritlabs, SRL. 13 September 2016.
  8. ^ "The Bat! v7.4 keeps up with ultra-high-resolution displays". Ritlabs, SRL. 13 December 2016.
  9. ^ "The Bat! 8.0.14". Ritlabs, SRL. 27 November 2017.
  10. ^ "The Bat! 8.0.18 Christmas Edition". Ritlabs, SRL. 24 December 2017.
  11. ^ "The Bat! 8.2 Overcomes Mailsploit Vulnerabilities". Ritlabs, SRL. 11 January 2018.
  12. ^ "The Bat! 8.2.4 Performance Improvements in TheBat v8.2.4". Ritlabs, SRL. 23 January 2018.
  13. ^ "Stability Improvements in The Bat! 8.2.8". Ritlabs, SRL. 19 February 2018.
  14. ^ "New Features in TheBat! and Voyager v8.3". Ritlabs, SRL. 23 March 2018.
  15. ^ "New Message Editing Features in The Bat! and Voyager v8.4". Ritlabs, SRL. 22 June 2018.
  16. ^ "TLS 1.2 in The Bat! 8.5". Ritlabs, SRL. 27 June 2018.
  17. ^ "New Features in Message Editor". Ritlabs, SRL. 20 August 2018.
  18. ^ "The Bat! v8.7 Christmas Edition". Ritlabs, SRL. 23 December 2018.
  19. ^ "The Bat! v8.8 With Further Improvements". Ritlabs, SRL. 13 February 2019.
  20. ^ "The Bat! v8.8.9 With Improvements to the MailTicker". Ritlabs, SRL. 13 June 2019.
  21. ^ "Start to The New Series with The Bat! v9.0". Ritlabs, SRL. 27 November 2019.
  22. ^ "AES-GCM Cipher Suites in The Bat! v9.1". Ritlabs, SRL. 2 March 2020.
  23. ^ "The Bat! v9.1.12 With Updates to TLS and User Interface". Ritlabs, SRL. 10 April 2020.
  24. ^ "The Bat! v9.2.1 With a New HTML Viewer and Further Improvements". Ritlabs, SRL. 1 July 2020.
  25. ^ "The Bat! v9.2.2 Taskbar Badge for Unread Messages in The Bat!". Ritlabs, SRL. 13 July 2020.
  26. ^ "The Bat! v9.2.3 with OAuth for and Yandex". Ritlabs, SRL. 7 September 2020.
  27. ^ "The Bat! v9.2.5 With Further Improvements". Ritlabs, SRL. 2 October 2020.
  28. ^ "The Dark Theme is Here!". Ritlabs, SRL. 10 November 2020.
  29. ^ "New version The Bat! v9.3.1 is here!". Ritlabs, SRL. 4 December 2020.
  30. ^ "The Bat! v9.3.2 Christmas Edition". Ritlabs, SRL. 23 December 2020.