Nowadays emails are part of our everyday life. We, especially developers and system administrator, can’t do anything without email in our work environment. We need to use the best email clients to get the job done faster and better. From our study, we have a list of email clients that are the most used email clients at the moment. To download and install them just run the commands.
P.S All the screenshots are taken right after I installed these applications.
Sylpheed is an open-source lightweight email client licensed under the GPL and written in GTK+2. It is a simple, easy to use email client, but it has a lot of features. One of reasons why users of Sylpheed like it, is the intuitive user-interface.
Sylpheed interface is simple, it has the account folder, the inbox list and the email body. The strength of Sylpheed relies in its performance. That’s why it is the default email client in Lubuntu, Puppy Linux and Damn Small Linux.
This email client uses bogofilter for spam filtering. The only visible limitation for Sylpheed is the inability to send HTML emails because they can be harmful, but you can receive HTML emails.
Sylpheed has a simple,beautiful and well-polished interface. It is well-organized and each configuration item is well-organized.
Performance is the strength of Sylpheed, because the developers focused a lot on it. There is no sluggishness because Sypheed is built on C language.
The data is very well protected and the risk of email loss is lowered, because of the MH format, if a system failure occurs. Filtering is very powerful and any message body, flag status,date and external command can be specified by the action of the filter. Sylpheed got one of the best filters of email clients. You can go to messages which matches search conditions by saving the result as a search folder.
Other useful features are: Junk Mail Control, security features and various protocols support.
How To Install
If you liked Sylpheed, you can install it by running these commands:
5. Claws Mail
Claws Mail is an user-friendly and lightweight email client based on GTK+. The user interface is similar to other email clients and new users are familiar with Claws appearance. Configuration of Claws is very easy and you can do it fast. Claws was formerly known as Sylpheed Claws, but it forked completely from Sylpheed in August 2015.
Messages at Claws are managed in the MH format, which offers data security and very fast access. You can download themes and plugins from Claws Mail official website. Another positive thing about Claws, is that the majority of commands are accesible with keyboard.
But there are some problems, it does not allow you to add a signature when you reply to a message. It is one of the fastest clients on the game but it hasn’t HTML support by default. Claws support IMAP and POP. You can install additional plugins if you want.
Claws Mail has a good search and a powerful filtering. The security is overall good with GPG (GNU Privacy Guard), SSL (Transport Layer Security) and anti-phishing protection.
You can have multiple accounts inside your Claws Mail.
Claws offer us automated mail checking, multiple MH folder support, Mbox import/export and an Addressbook.
Other important and userful features are: Face and X-Face headers support, reply-finder, spell checking, fast message cache system, drag’n’drop support, POP before SMTP authentication, control by command-line, font configuration, ability to hide messages, IMAP over SSH tunnel, dynamic signatures, 7bit and 8bit encoding of attachments and lots of other features.
You can install additional plugins and extend Claws Mail features. Some of these plugins are: SpamAssassin (anti-spam), Bogofilter (anti-spam), Laptop mail LED handler, Trayicon, Python scripting, Perl filtering and Calendar.
Three most used HTML viewer plugins are: Dillo, Gtkhtml2 and Fancy.
How To Install
You can install Claws Mail by running these commands:
4. Geary Mail
Geary Mail is the default IMAP mail client for GNOME users developed by Yorba Foundation. It support Outlook.com, Hotmail, Yahoo! Mail and other IMAP servers. It is known for its simple design and configuration. Geary is written 100% in Vala.
The strength of Geary Mail is the way it sorts emails in a productive way, so you don’t waste time to open emails one by one. Configuration of Geary is easy, quick and automatic. The modern interface makes me love this application.
Geary Mail fully supports HTML email viewing and composing, but it has bad sides too. It doesn’t have a font support. Customisation options are poor and it has other limited features. Right now, Geary is still on early stages of development. But if you need an email client that has a simple, beautiful and basic interface and get your job done, then Geary Mail is the one for you.
Some of these features are described at the paragraphs above, but we are showing you the full list of Geary features. Like I said, Geary has a modern and straightforward interface which helps organizing emails by conversations.
It fully supports Gmail, Outlook.com, Yahoo! Mail and its search is very powerful. You see desktop notifications when your mails arrive. Now, Geary supports multiple alternate email addresses per account. One of strongest points of Geary Mail is the full featured HTML mail composer.
The purpose of Geary Mail, is to make people forget about their webmails and move to desktop applications.
How To Install
Installing Geary is very easy, just type in your terminal these three commands:
KMail is the default email client for KDE desktop users. KMail is part of KDE PIM or KDE Personal Information Management suit, which has different softwares in its core, including calendars, personal organizers and KMail.
If you use just one email account, you can use Kmail without major problems, but if you have more than one account, then you will find it extremely difficult and nerve-racking to configure it. But you should give it a try and then pull out a conclusion if you like it or not.
KMail works very well for those who use KDE, but for others can be a little bit complicated. It is somehow complex to configure and use it. For those who use KDE, KMail is installed by default, others can install by running the commands at How To Install section.
KMail, like other email clients, supports the standart mail protocols POP3, IMAP and SMTP. The support for SSL and TLS makes KMail secure to use.
It supports integration of international character sets and has a powerful spell-checking feature.
Like all modern email clients, it supports reading and writing of HTML mails. It also has the ability to display just text from HTML files without images and other customizations.
It has native support for inline OpenPGP, S/MIME and PGP/MIME.
It works very well with popular spam detectors like Bogofilter and SpamAssassin. If you want, an additional spam probability filter can be displayed.
KMail fully supports searching in IMAP folders. By the way, search and filtering abilities are one of the reasons why we rate KMail on top 3 of email client list.
Other features include integration with other Kontact components, the replace of text files with emotions, compression of attachments, several backup options and replacing text smiles with emoticons.
How To Install
Just run the command below to install KMail.
Evolution is not just an email client, but it is the official personal information manager for GNOME. It has been an official part of GNOME since Evolution 2.0. Evolution, except email, comes combined with a task list, address book, calendar and note taking features. Many users believe that Evolution is similar to Microsoft Outlook and even better.
Evolution is one of most used email client for the moment and is licensed under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public License. Its interface has similarity with other email clients such as Outlook, Thunderbird, Postbox, but still it doesn’t have the overloaded interface of Thunderbird. You can integrate Evolution’s calendar with Google Calendar and iCalendar.
It doesn’t have a major downside, but sometimes it crashes and that can be frustating if you are writing an important email. Now, Evolution is used as the default personal information manager for some distros which use GNOME, such as Fedora and Debian. If you want a lightweight email client that it is fast and makes navigation easier, then Evolution is for you.
Let’s take a look of Evolution main features.
Evolution supports POP and IMAP protocols and e-mail transmission with SMTP. It encrypts its network connections with SSL, TLS, STARTTLS, and they use S/MIME and GPG for email encryption. It also have email filters that help you organize your emails based on a specific criteria.
Evolution supports the iCalendar file format, the WebDAV, CalDAV standards and Google Calendar. It supports synchronization via SyncML and SyncEvolution and with Palm OS devices via gnome pilot. You can search folders and use these saved searches that look like normal mail folders if you don’t want to use search querys and filters.
Evolution got automatic spam filtering with Bogofilter and SpamAssassin. One cool thing about Evolution, is the RSS reader plugin. Evolution’s address books can be used as a data source in LibreOffice.
How To Install
If you liked Evolution features give it a try, maybe it will be your prefered email client. Run these commands if you want to install Evolution.
Mozilla Thunderbird was developed by the Mozilla Foundation, which is the foundation that developed other Mozilla apps such as Firefox browser and the mobile operating system Firefox OS. Despite not getting any new features over the past few years, Thunderbird in my opinion, is still on top compared with other clients.
Thunderbird is very flexible because it has thousands of add-ons that make a lot of things easier and better in Thunderbird. Many email clients aim to like Outlook and provide an all-around organization app, Thunderbird lets you build up your environment from the basic email client to make it big or to customize the way you want it.
Thunderbird autodetects certain email account setting, in this way you don’t have to go through the hassle of inputting everything by hand. The reason why I love Thunderbird is that it is fast. When you are having a busy day and hundreds of emails are coming every hour, speed is one of those things that I appreciate.
Thunderbird supports multiple accounts without limitation, and if you don’t like the basic features, you can install third-party addons. This client can offer more than this, it is able to import Outlook PST, address book, mail filters and lots of other things.
If you want a calendar in your Thunderbird, you can add it with Lighting add-on. This add-on supports IMAP, POP and ability to get configurations automatically from the internet. Setting up your GMail or Yahoo Account isn’t hard.
However, Mozilla Thunderbird has also its flaws and drawbacks. One of the big drawback that I saw, is its mail composer and the mail list view window. They need a facelift and some bug quashing. My eye catched another drawback, Lighting calendar add-on does not integrate into my GNOME desktop ,like its competitor Evolution calendar does.
There have been calls for changes by the community of Thunderbird users, but for the moment Mozilla is focused just on bug fix releases and is not improving its product or adding new features.
Even though it is not perfect, in my opinion Mozilla and the community of users have done a great job, creating, updating and supporting Thunderbird. For my needs, it is the best email client on the game. For a full list of features, see the section below.
Thunderbird has a lot of features which you can you can use during your job and can boost your productivity. It is an email, news feed, newsgroup and even a chat client. You can enjoy real time conversations with your contacts, right from your messaging application, with multiple supported networks.
Other features are advanced message filtering, tabbed emails, message archiving, activity manager, large files management, add-ons manager, smart folders, robust privacy, do not track, phishing protection and quick search. By the way, the search feature is not very good. Thunderbird supports POP, IMAP, LDAP address completion and S/MIME standart.
With Mail Account Setup Wizard it is very easy to configure SMTP, IMAP and SSL/TLS settings.
Another feature of Thunderbird is One Click Address Book. It is a quick and easy way to people to your address book by simply clicking on the star icon in the message you receive.
Thunderbird is extremely customizable. That’s the reason why it ranks on the first place of best email clients for Ubuntu.
How To Install
I highly recommend you to try Thunderbird if you haven’t tried it before. Run these commands to install Thunderbird.