Linux comes with various GUI based email client to stay in touch with your friends and family and share information in newsgroups with other users. The following software is similar to Windows mail. In this post, I will list some of the best Linux email clients for desktop. Some of these clients work on macOS and Windows too.
Best email clients for Linux, macOS and Windows
Webmail interfaces allow users to access their mail with any standard web browser, from any computer, rather than relying on an e-mail client. However, e-mail client remains extremely popular in a large corporate environment, small business, home and power users. An email client (also mail user agent (MUA)) is a frontend computer program used to manage e-mail. Mail can be stored on the client, on the server side, or in both places. Standard formats for mailboxes include Maildir and mbox. The following are top thirteen fantastic pieces of cross-platform software from various projects to make your life easy with a wide variety of plug-ins/add-ons.
1. Mozilla Thunderbird – Linux email clients
It is an e-mail and news cross-platform client software package by Mozilla Foundation. Thunderbird can manage multiple e-mail, newsgroup and RSS accounts and supports multiple identities within accounts. Features like quick search, saved search folders, advanced message filtering, message grouping, and labels help manage and find messages. Just like Firefox, the tons of extensions and themes for this client makes it very secure and flexible to enhance your productivity.
Thunderbird may be installed using the following apt-get command/apt command on a Debian/Ubuntu/Linux mint:
$ sudo apt-get install thunderbird
CentOS/RHEL user type the following yum command:
$ sudo yum install thunderbird
Fedora Linux user type the following dnf command:
$ sudo dnf install thunderbird
2:. Claws Mail
Claws Mail is a free, GTK+-based, open source email and news client. It is very lightweight. Like Firefox, the wide variety of plug-ins for this email client makes it very flexible and secure. Claws Mail runs on Windows, macOS and Unix-like systems such as Linux, BSD, and Solaris.
Claws mail may be installed using the following apt-get command/apt command on a Debian/Ubuntu/Linux mint:
$ sudo apt-get install claws-mail
Fedora Linux user try:
$ sudo dnf install claws-mail
Visit the official project website to download Claws Mail.
3. Zimbra Collaboration Suite (Open Source Version)
Zimbra is a client and server platform for messaging and collaboration. It is an enterprise-grade email, calendar and collaboration solution built for the cloud. It has both mobile and desktop clients along with rich browser-based experience for Zimbra email, contacts, calendar and files on any XHTML-capable device. Zimbra Desktop is a free and open source email client application. It’s cross-platform, available on Windows, Mac OS, and Linux
Zimbra Collaboration Open Source Edition and Desktop Email Client
Sylpheed is free and open source email client. It is very lightweight. Sylpheed runs on Windows, Mac OS X and Unix-like systems such as Linux, and *BSD. It works well with the keyboard-oriented operation.
Sylpheed download from the official site.
SeaMonkey is Internet software suite based on the former Mozilla Application Suite. SeaMonkey Mail is an e-mail client. SeaMonkey is a web browser. The SeaMonkey project work on Linux, macOS, and Windows family of operating system.
Alpine is free and open source software. It works for text user interface. You can send and receive emails with an Alpine email client. It supports a rich set of keyboard shortcut keys. No need to use the mouse. Alpine is moderately famous among Linux and Unix users. PC-Alpine works on modern Windows operating system.
Gnus is part of GNU Emacs text editor. It provides facilities to read/send emails, RSS reader and more. The goal is to provide the user with an adequate and extensible interface towards dealing with vast numbers of messages. One can use Emacs Lisp to extend Gnus. It works on Linux, macOS, *BSD, Windows and Unix-like system. Naturally, you must like Emacs and TUI to use this email client.
Mutt is a small yet very powerful text-based email client. It works on Linux, macOS, *BSD, and Unix-like system. It supports colorful output on the terminal. You can use OpenPGP along with popular protocols such as POP3, IMAP, etc.
Evolution LGPL based email client for Linux, *BSD and Unix-like system. It is the official personal information manager for the GNOME desktop. E-mail retrieval with the POP and IMAP protocols and transmission with SMTP. Secure network connections encrypted with SSL, TLS, and STARTTLS. E-mail encryption with GPG and S/MIME. You can install and use an RSS reader via a plugin. Connecting to Microsoft Exchange Server is also possible.
Mailspring is faster, leaner open source email client. It uses roughly half the RAM and CPU of Nylas Mail. It claims to provide excellent battery life. A major overhaul of the package manager and dependency tree mean it launches faster too. You might not even notice it’s an Electron app! Mailspring is built on the modern web with Electron, React, and Flux. It runs on Linux, macOS and Windows operating system.
KMail is the email component of Kontact. It is the default email client for KDE. It works on Linux and Unix-like system and acts as the integrated personal information manager from KDE. It supports the standard mail protocols IMAP, POP3, and SMTP. It has native support for inline OpenPGP, PGP/MIME, and S/MIME. It also supports X-Face (b/w pictures in messages).
Geary is an email application built around conversations, for the GNOME 3 desktop. It works on Linux and Unix-like system. You can read, find and send an email with a straightforward, smooth user interface.
- Mozilla Thunderbird – The wide variety of add-on for this email client makes it very flexible, secure and easy to use. Highly recommended for desktop and power users.
- Zimbra Collaboration Suite – Open Source Edition or Businesses Editon – Highly recommended for business and corporate users due to its support for a broad range of email clients and mobile devices via “over the air” sync.
All of the e-mail client listed above used by me at one point or another. If you know of, or use, another e-mail client that offers better features than those mentioned here, tell us in the comments.