As of July 1, 2005, the Mailinator's site makeover has broken Nator.
Since I added RSS feeds to Mailinator, and I have other things going on,
I have no plans to update Nator. --Brian
What is it?
Nator is a utility that makes use of http://www.mailinator.com. It can grab email
from Mailinator.com and mail it to your home email address and it can also create random usernames
and monitor those for you.
Java. You must have java installed. If you don't have Java
installed, go to http://java.sun.com
and download it. It requires Java 1.4 or better
- Can send the messages in a mailinator mailbox to your home email account - useful if you want to keep the registration info that you had sent to mailinator
- Can create and monitor a random mailinator username - useful
if you want a little bit more security for your mailinator email -- can
create 2.2721486193e+23 different names -- nobody will guess your
usErname and read your registration info
- Can monitor ANY mailinator username and mail it to you
- Saves all info entered so you can use it next time
- Lists all of the "alternate" domains you can use for mailinator.com
- Can be configured to check for email every X minutes - useful if you can't sit there and keep checking for an email - have it sent to your home email address automatically
- Automatically checks for updates and notifies you if there is an update
- Multi-pLatform since it's written in Java (Swing) - should work on ANY platform that supports Java
- FREE (just like mailinator.com)
Nator, like Mailinator.com, is completely free. There are no warranties or guarantees though.
Use at your own risk (though it works fine for me).
Screenshots: a few screenshots here
Download the .zip file here then unzip it
to any directory. That's the entire install. No registry entires or
anything are created. If you delete the directory you just created, all
traces of it are gone.
Windows: If you are running on Windows and have Java
installed and available on your path, you should just be able to run the
runme.bat file. If Java is installed but not on your path, you'll have
to edit the runme.bat file so that it points to the full path of your
java.exe. So, this:
<path to your
java.exe> -jar nator.jar
so it might be something like:
Files\Java1.4\java.exe" -jar nator.jar
Linux/Unix: Pretty much the same as
the Windows instructions except there is no runme included. To make it
easy for yourself you probably want to write a startup script so that it
will run or just type java -jar nator.jar to run it. I'll assume that if
you're running linux/Unix you know what you're doing. Email me if you
can't get it to work
Macintosh: I don't have a Mac and I
know little about them. This should work since there is no specific code
for it NOT to work on a Mac. If anyone tries it on a Mac, please let me
know how it went.
The first time you run it, you need to go to the advanced tab and fill in the email address
to send the messages to and your SMTP server. Also, decide if you want the original Froms or
if you would rather have one From for all of the emails.
Now go to the Main tab. If you just used a mailinator email on a website, just type the
username into the box and hit the start button. If you want a random emai lto use on a web form,
press "Generate Random" then choose what domain you want. Now press "Copy to Clipboard" then just
paste into the webform. Once you finish the form and they say they emailed you, hit the Start button
to start checking for the mail they sent.
That's pretty much it.
As long as Mailinator.com is up and running (and free), I'll keep
this up-to-date so that it works with Mailinator.com.
You can email me with feature
requests, bug reports, etc. at
If you have ANY questions or comments, don't hesitate to
If you are an HTML guru and want to redesign the Nator
webpages that are displayed, email me - I'd be more than happy to
provide a link that says something like "HTML designed by ?????" on all
of the pages. Also, I could use a cool Nator graphic/logo/splash screen (I suck at
graphics). If anyone wants to make one for me, I'll use it and I'll make
sure I give you credit everywhere it is used.