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10 Best Email Clients for Ubuntu

Earlier Ubuntu users had limited choices in terms of applications available for Ubuntu. But with its rapidly increasing popularity in recent years, many application developers are extending their support to Ubuntu environment. There are still many users who prefer desktop email clients over browser based email clients because desktop email clients offers features such as work schedule, spam filters, etc.

So today we are going to have a look at best 10 email clients for Ubuntu.

1. Hiri

Hiri is a cross-platform email client written in Python which can be used for sending and receiving emails, managing calendars, contacts and tasks. It is one of the best email clients available for Ubuntu and it could prove to be better alternative to email clients such as Microsoft Outlook.

Hiri has slick user interface which is very easy to use and it offers many features including email synchronization, calendar, integrated task manager, email filter, email rating and many more.

How to install Hiri

Step 1: Install snapd if you are running Ubuntu 16.04 or newer.

$ sudo apt-get install snapd

Step 2: Install Hiri snap package.

$ sudo snap install hiri

Step 3: To be able to open links in emails you will need to install snapd-xdg-open on Ubuntu.

$ sudo apt-get install snapd-xdg-open

2. Mailspring

Mailspring is an open-source cross platform email client which was earlier known as Nylas Mail or Nylas N1. Mailspring locally saves all the emails on the computer so that we can access them anytime using its advanced search feature. It supports AND and OR operators so that you can search for emails based on multiple parameters.

Mailspring has a really modern and slick user interface and also offers features such as mail merge, contact manager, calendar, privacy and security, scheduler and much more.

How to install Mailspring

Follow the steps used for snapd installation in Hiri description and then run the following command in terminal.

$ sudo snap install mailspring


Thunderbird is one of the most popular and oldest open-source email clients. It is cross-platform email client which is developed by Mozilla and provides speed, privacy and accessible email service. It offers security and flexibility to enhance email productivity.

Thunderbird is a full-featured email client and has very good performance which offers many specialized features including customization, activity manager, themes, multiple-channel chat, smart folder etc.

$ sudo apt-get install thunderbird

4. Geary

Geary is also an open-source email client built for the GNOME 3 desktop. It is simple and easy to use and has modern and straightforward interface which allows users to read, send and find emails.

Geary is one of the best multi-featured email clients having features like keyword search, quick desktop notification and support for various email services like Gmail, Yahoo!, etc.

$ sudo apt-get install geary

5. Sylpheed

Sylpheed is an open-source email client which is lightweight yet powerful and developed in C programing language. It is simple and easy to use email client especially designed for keyboard-oriented operation. You can customize this email client as per your requirement.

Sylpheed email client uses GTK+ interface and has slick user interface. It performs very well even on minimal hardware specifications. It offers many features like mail control, lightweight operation, speed, privacy and security, protocol support, high level processing and many more.

$ sudo apt-get install sylpheed

6. Claws Mail

Claws Mail is another open-source lightweight email client which uses GTK+ interface. It provides good performance and also supports keyboard-oriented operation like Sylpheed.

Claws Mail offers abundant features including quick response, email filtering, extensibility, email stability, editor support and many more.

$ sudo apt-get install claws mail

7. Mutt

Mutt is terminal based email clients for Unix-like system and released under the GNU General Public License. Mutt is originally designed as a mail user agent and relied on locally accessible mailbox and sendmail infrastructure.

It is highly customizable having many interesting features such as color support, POP3 and IMAP support, desktop notification, etc.

$ sudo apt-get install mutt

8. Evolution

Evolution is one of the best open-source email clients developed for GNOME desktop environment and it is default email client   on Fedora and various other debian distributions. Evolution supports Exchange Server and number of other email setups which can be used in various businesses.

Evolution is a personal information management application which provides features like memos, GNU Privacy Guard support, Integration with LibreOffice, task list, etc.

$ sudo apt-get install evolution

9. Kontact

Kontact is an integrated personal information manager application developed by KDE and it is a cross-platform email client. You can manage your communications more easily and organize your work faster by using Kontact email client which is very easy to use.

Kontact is a feature rich email client which offers features like calendars, notes, contacts, news, emails and also offers a number of interchangeable graphical user interface.

$ sudo apt-get install kontact

10. KMail

KMail is a part of Kontact email client and a personal information manager developed for KDE desktop environment. KMail supports a variety of email protocols such as IMAP, SMTP and POP3.

KMail is well featured email client having features like search and filter, junk mail filter, integration, privacy and security.

$ sudo apt-get install kmail

So, these are the best 10 email clients you can try and use on Ubuntu. If you have already used any of these clients then share your experience @LinuxHint.

About the author

Swapnil Tirthakar

Swapnil Tirthakar

A Software Engineer who loves football and passionate about traveling. I often spend my free time playing with gadgets and exploring new possibilities in tech world. I am Linux enthusiast and have about 6 years of experience in web development. I have good command on Python, Java, SQL and system security.