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What is the difference between JavaMail and JMS?

What is the difference between JavaMail and JMS?

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JMS is a standard that lets Java applications access MOM (message-oriented middleware) systems such as IBM MQSeries, SonicMQ, Softwired iBus, TIBCO, etc.

JavaMail is a standard that lets Java applications access e-mail servers via POP (Post Office Protocol) and IMAP (Internet Mail Access Protocol).

In summary: JMS is for high-performance, reliable application-to-application messaging. JavaMail is for writing Java applications that send and receive e-mail.


This was first published in May 2002

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