Gmail Notifier for your Ubuntu Desktop

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CheckGmail is an alternative Gmail Notifier for Linux and other *nix systems. It is fast, secure and uses minimal bandwidth via the use of Atom feeds.

CheckGmail is a system tray application that checks a Gmail account for new mail. When new mail is present the tray icon changes, an optional animated popup is displayed and a tooltip displays the number and details of new messages. Each message can be opened directly in a browser window, and many common Gmail operations (marking as read, archiving, deleting or reporting as spam) can be carried out on messages directly within CheckGmail, without the need to use the Gmail web interface.

Installing checkgmail in Ubuntu

For Ubuntu Dapper Users

Add this repository in Ubuntu Dapper

You need to edit the source list file and add the following lines

sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

deb http://asher256-repository.tuxfamily.org dapper main dupdate french
deb http://asher256-repository.tuxfamily.org ubuntu main dupdate french

Save the changes and exit

You need to update source list using the following command

sudo apt-get update

Install checkgmail using the following command

sudo apt-get install checkgmail

For Ubuntu Edgy Users

CheckGmail is now part of the Ubuntu Universe packages. Therefore make sure you add Universe repositories into your sources.list file

Install checkgmail using the following command

sudo apt-get install checkgmail

This will complete the installation part and now you need to run the application for this you need to press Alt+F2 you should see the following screen

Now you need to click on "Run with file" you should see the following screen here you need to select your checkgmail from /usr/bin/checkgmail and click ok

Once you select the checkgmail application you can see the following screen and click on "Run"

Now you should see the following screen here you need to select your gmail account details,how frequency you want to check your gmail,gmail system tray option etc and click ok

Here is the example how you can see the gmail notifier once you receive an email in your gmail account

Now you need to run your application after restarting for this you need to go to System--->Preferences--->Sessions

You should see the following screen and here you need to click on "Add"

Now you should see the following screen here you need to click on "Browse"


Here you need to select your checkgmail application from /usr/bin/checkgmail and click on open

Now you can see the following screen once you select your application and click ok


That's it now your checkgmail application will be starting whenever you start your system

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17 thoughts on “Gmail Notifier for your Ubuntu Desktop

  1. Perfect “how to tutorial” for new ubuntu users. Thanks a lot for your time to prepare such helpful tutorial for us.

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  2. my email password has a character “@” in it which the program prompt me as unauthorized user.

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  3. Just wanted to say a quick thanks for this tutorial. It’s people like you that continue to encourage me to use Ubuntu and help support others in the future.

    Thanks.

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  4. Oh yeah – this works fine in 9.10. The only difference is:

    System — Preferences — Startup Applications.

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  5. Hi,

    Does one need to insert the @gmail.com with the user name, because I get an error either way?

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  6. Hi,

    Does it work with google/app address like ([email protected])

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