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Geary is a free and open-source desktop email application, developed for Linux users written vala language and released under GNU LGPL-v2.1 license. It is simple and straightforward to setup and has modern user interface. It shows email messages as conversations which lets you read a complete discussion without having to find and click from message to message.
It supports almost every major email provider such as Yahoo, Gmail, Outlook and so on, as well as other email services either your own or by some company using IMAP configuration. It notifies you for the new email using desktop notifications so you will never miss an email. It's interface easy and straightforward and email setup is fairly simple. Further more it lets you search and organize your emails easily.

  • Modern and straightforward interface
  • Quick email account setup
  • Shows related messages together in conversations
  • Fast, full text and keyword search
  • Full-featured HTML and plain text message composer
  • Desktop notification of new mail
  • Compatible with GMail, Yahoo! Mail, and other IMAP servers
  • Ability to answer directly in conversations or open it in a separate window
  • Signature support
  • Support for sending as another identity

To install Geary email client in Debian/Ubuntu/Linux Mint open Terminal (Press Ctrl+Alt+T) and copy the following commands in the Terminal:

Available for Ubuntu 17.04 Zesty/16.04 Xenial/Linux Mint 18/other related Ubuntu derivatives
To install Geary email client (Dev builds) in Ubuntu/Linux Mint open Terminal (Press Ctrl+Alt+T) and copy the following commands in the Terminal:

Available for Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial/14.04 Trusty/Linux Mint 18/17/other related Ubuntu derivatives
To install Geary email client (Stable releases) in Ubuntu/Linux Mint open Terminal (Press Ctrl+Alt+T) and copy the following commands in the Terminal:

That's it
Geary Email client is my by same developers who created Shotwell application, it is lightweight and open source email reader alternative to Thunderbird and others. Geary works with most popular webmail services, including Gmail, Yahoo and Outlook, as well as providing IMAP and SMTP support which means you can setup manual IMAP mail service for other providers. Basically it is inspired from webmail client like Gmail, it organizes mails into 'conversations' rather than threads. Conversation styles threading keeps things tidy and neat - quite useful on mailing lists.
If you're a small business owner thinking about making the switch to Linux, no doubt you've heard that compatibility can sometimes be a problem. Linux offers knowledgeable users unparalleled control over their operating systems, but many email clients don't work on the Linux platform. This leaves users to find their own solutions to managing email. Fortunately, there are some great email clients for Linux that many find just as good as those found on other operating systems.

Some of the best Linux email clients, such as Thunderbird, are cross-platform, which means users can enjoy the same interface and performance regardless of what operating system they are using. These are important because users are sometimes required to use systems other than Linux, and being able to import and export email is simply easier on a cross-platform client. Added bonus: Open-source clients tend to have better features overall, according to For small business owners and employees who need to extract email data, any of these clients should suffice when combined with tools like Experian CASS certification solutions.


According to, Thunderbird tops the list of possible Linux email clients, and for good reason: Thunderbird offers pretty much everything you could want in an email client. Developed by Mozilla, the ever-popular creator of the Firefox browser, Thunderbird starts out simple and enables you to expand with multiple add-ons as you like. Mozilla constantly improves Thunderbird, as well; if Thunderbird needs to adapt to changing developments in operating systems or user needs, chances are it will do so fairly quickly. The only area where Thunderbird lacks is in Microsoft Exchange support. For users who need to access their mail through Exchange for their work, Thunderbird, unfortunately, fails to deliver.


According to, Evolution would hold the top spot in this list—if it were cross-platform. The fact that Thunderbird is so highly regarded gives some perspective on the quality of Evolution. One of the most important features for Evolution users is its ability to work with Microsoft Exchange. If you need Exchange for work, Evolution may be the perfect client for you. Evolution also provides more robust email and calendar integration. The calendar feature of Thunderbird is one of its weaker traits, making Evolution stand out in this particular area.

Claws Mail 

Claws Mail goes in the opposite direction of its competitors, aiming for a lightweight client that will appeal to users who prefer a minimalist approach to their email integration. According to NixCraft, Claws Mail is one of the top five cross-platform email clients available. Claws Mail is popular, fast and open-sourced, and it comes with its own set of add-ons. While it does not necessarily compete with the top two on this list, it is a good choice for those using a super-lightweight desktop on a small machine, such as a netbook.

Linux users can use any of these email clients to experience the same level of functionality as they would on any other operating system. Whatever your needs, there is likely a quality email client available now that will meet them.