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Quick Spam Filter (QSF) is an Open Source email classification filter, designed to be small, fast, and accurate, which works to classify incoming email as either spam or non-spam.

To recognise spam, QSF strips the text out of the email (using MIME decoding and HTML stripping) and then splits it into tokens (words, word pairs, URLs, and so on). These tokens are then looked up in a database and analysed using the Bayesian technique to see whether the email should be classified as spam or not.

The database is generated by a process of training - QSF is given two mailboxes, one containing known spam, and the other containing known non-spam, to train itself on. After training, if QSF misfiles any email, the message it got wrong can be fed back into the database, thus making QSF learn from its mistakes.

For a more in-depth look at the way in which QSF tokenises and classifies messages, please see the Technical Details section of the manual.

QSF is designed to be run by an MDA, such as procmail. See the FAQ for a quick-start guide.

Please consider showing your support for QSF with a donation.

Recent Changes

1.2.11 - 3 January 2015
1.2.7 - 28 August 2007
1.2.6 - 4 February 2007
1.2.5 - 21 January 2007
This version fixes a bug in the "list" backend that caused random token deletions and broke token aging. If you were using the "list" backend, you are recommended to recreate and retrain your databases.
1.2.1 - 25 October 2006
1.2.0 - 2 October 2006
1.1.13 - 15 August 2006
1.1.7 - 8 April 2006
1.1.6 - 2 February 2006
1.1.2 - 7 July 2005
1.1.0 - 12 May 2005
This version changes both the database format and the recognition algorithm. For best results, recreate and retrain your databases from scratch.
1.0.31 - 4 March 2005
1.0.22 - 28 February 2005
1.0.18 - 19 February 2005
1.0.15 - 5 February 2005
1.0.14 - 26 September 2004
1.0.9 - 22 September 2004
1.0.6 - 22 June 2004
1.0.2 - 28 April 2004
1.0.1 - 15 March 2004
1.0.0 - 12 March 2004
0.9.25 - 16 January 2004
0.9.18 - 6 January 2004
0.9.12 - 1 January 2004
0.9.9 - 29 November 2003
0.9.6 - 15 November 2003
0.9.4 - 21 October 2003
0.9.0 - 29 August 2003
0.8.1 - 21 August 2003
0.7.8 - 18 August 2003
0.7.7 - 31 July 2003
0.7.6 - 23 July 2003
0.7.4 - 8 July 2003
0.7.0 - 5 July 2003
0.5.9 - 27 June 2003
0.5.4 - 4 June 2003
0.5.1 - 11 May 2003
0.5.0 - 10 May 2003
0.3.1 - 22 January 2003
0.2.2 - 19 January 2003
0.2.1 - 17 January 2003
0.2.0 - 15 January 2003
0.1.0 - 14 January 2003
0.0.1 - 11 January 2003

To Do

Things still to do:

Any assistance would be appreciated.

This software is OSI Certified Open Source Software.
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