Unsubscribe command


If the email address specified in the unsubscribe command corresponds to a user or email contact who is a member of the list, they are removed from it. If an external contact in the container quohas its last mailing list subscription removed, the contact is deleted as well. Contacts outside the container are not modified. Unless the silent directive was used, the former subscriber is notified by email of their removal from the list.

Use the unsubscribe command to remove an email address from a distribution group (Exchange mailing list).


[silent] unsubscribe mailing-list-name [email-address]

If the optional silent directive is specified, then no email is sent to the subscriber notifying them of their removal from the list.

The mailing-list-name element is required and must be enclosed in quotes if it includes spaces.

The email-address element is optional. If unspecified, the sender address of the email is used, i.e. the email sender is unsubscribed from the list. The email-address element is only needed if you’re removing someone else’s address from the list, not your own.


To remove yourself from a list entitled “my.distribution.list”, use this syntax:

unsubscribe my.distribution.list

To remove Joe Bloggs from the list entitled “my.distribution.list”, use this syntax:

unsubscribe my.distribution.list joe.bloggs@bloggs.co.nz

Use quotes if the name of the distribution group includes spaces:

unsubscribe ‘My Other List’ joe.bloggs@bloggs.co.nz
enlevez «Ma liste français» joe.bloggs@bloggs.fr

If you specify the silent directive the former subscriber will not be sent a notification that they have been removed from the list:

silent unsubscribe ‘My Other List’ joe.bloggs@bloggs.co.nz

Note: if the sender of the command is not a manager of the list then the silent directive is ignored and the former subscriber will get a notification.