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This page is intended to provide a brief overview of popular email clients available for Ubuntu, as well as links to relevant articles and documentation.
Thunderbird is a Mozilla project similar to Firefox. It is designed with speed, security and ease of use in mind. It is the default desktop mail client for Ubuntu releases 11.10 and above. It includes support for a variety of protocols and webmail clients, and includes features such as an RSS reader. Firefox-style add-ons are available in the add-ons menu, including features like calendar support.
In Dapper (6.06), install the ''mozilla-thunderbird'' package
In Hardy (8.04) or later, install the ''thunderbird'' package
In Oneiric (11.10) or later, Thunderbird is installed by default.
Thunderbird website - Thunderbird features and specifications
Evolution was the default email client for Ubuntu releases up to and including 11.04, and it is tightly integrated with the GNOME desktop. Some of Evolution's features are:
- An integrated e-mail program with an address book, calendars and tasks.
- IMAP, POP3, and SMTP support
- Intelligent Junk Mail control
- Calendar integration with the gnome-panel calendar.
- Contact sharing with other software such as Pidgin
- Supports WebDAV and iCal web calendars
- Multiple account management
- GPG key and certificate storage
- Plugin support (including MAPI plugins for interfacing with Microsoft Exchange)
In Natty (11.04) or earlier, Evolution is installed by default.
In Oneiric (11.10) or later, install the ''evolution'' package
UsingGmailWithEvolution - a useful guide, with screenshots, of how to configure Evolution to collect mail from your Gmail account.
NokiaEvolutionBluetoothSyncing - synchronise your Nokia phone with the Evolution suite via Bluetooth.
GoogleCalendarWithEvolution - how to integrate your Google Calendar into Evolution.
Evolution website - Detailed information about Evolution features and specifications
Official Evolution Documentation - The official Evolution documentation
KMail is the default email client for the K Desktop Environment (KDE) and Kubuntu, and is a component of the Kontact personal information manager. Some of its features are:
- IMAP, POP3 and SMTP support
- Secure logons with SSL, TLS or DIGEST-MD5
- Signing and encrypting of emails (both PGP and GnuPG are supported)
- Reading of HTML mails
- Anti-spam functions
- Supports all international character sets
- Powerful search and filter functions
- Spell checking
- Imports folders from many other mail clients
- Highly integrated with other components
KMailGPGAgent - Instructions for configuring GPG with KMail
KMailGroupwareIMAP - Instructions for configuring IMAP for some versions of KMail
KMail website - KMail features and specifications
SeaMonkey is the community continuation of the Mozilla Internet Suite, which includes a web browser, a WYSIWYG HTML editor, a mail and news client, an address book, and an IRC client. Seamonkey is in the Universe repository. See the Repository page to add this repository
In Hardy (8.04) or later, install the ''seamonkey'' package
Seamonkey website - Seamonkey features and specifications
Zimbra Desktop stores and syncs your email, calendar, contacts, files and documents in the cloud and also locally. Zimbra Desktop aggregates information across accounts (Zimbra, Yahoo! Mail, Gmail, Hotmail, etc.) and social networks (Facebook, Digg, Twitter, etc.)
Mutt - Powerful text-based email client
- Alpine - Successor of PINE; in the universe repository