notmuch search / result:messages instead of threads

David Bremner david at
Wed Jun 5 09:40:37 PDT 2019

meOme <jan-adams at> writes:

> Hi,
> is it possible to show one item per matching message in the result of
> notmuch search?
> The standard seems to be one item per thread, not one per message.
> the "--output=messages" option doesn't seem to solve the problem, as it
> results only in the IDs. No more information (like headerdata, subject, date
> etc.) is given. So this would lead to new search requests, one per message.
> Which can be a list of hundreds (or thousands) of mails. This isn't useful
> just to show a list of matching messages with subject, date, authors etc.,
> right?
> What's the way to go here? Is there any solution?

You can use the --entire-thread=false option for "notmuch show"

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