How to Setup Yahoo!zimbra Desktop in Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy)

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Zimbra software is open source, meaning we make both the software code and the application itself available to anyone at no charge. Also, Zimbra Desktop is a full version; there are no missing features or catches.

Yahoo!zimbra Feature details


  • Easily compose, edit, delete, reply, or make drafts
  • ‘Drag and drop' messages into new folders or the Trash
  • Supports plain text and html message formatting
  • Add email signatures for each account
  • Automatically reply with the correct ‘from' address
  • Work even when you are not online- messages you send are saved in the "Outbox" and are sent when you connect again

Conversation Views, Tags, and Search

  • Collapse email threads into a single Conversation View to simplify your inbox
  • Tag messages as important from people you care about
  • Quickly search your mailbox for pictures, documents or text- even with attachments
  • Use the visual Search Builder to easily search by folder, date, person, subject or attachment
  • Save searches as Virtual Folders- for example "All email with attachments from Joe"

Web mash-ups

  • View addresses as Yahoo! Maps
  • Automatically detect your location and find points of interest with Yahoo! Local
  • Preview web pages at thumbnails instead of opening a browser
  • See your calendar schedule from within an email message if you hover over a date
  • Web Search powered by Yahoo! is built directly into Zimbra Desktop


  • Store all your contacts in one place for all your accounts
  • Create groups and tags to organize them
  • Add photos to contacts
  • Auto complete email addresses when composing email
  • Easily import new contacts from other applications as .csv files or export contacts as .csv files for backup


  • Manage multiple color-coded calendars
  • View calendars in Day, Week, Work Week, Month or List view
  • ‘Drag and drop' events to new days or to change times
  • Import public web calendars (iCal format), such as sports schedules
  • Invite others to meetings and view free/busy times

Documents, Tasks, Briefcase

  • Edit Documents including add images, tables and spreadsheets; share them in email
  • Track your to do's including start and end dates, percent complete
  • Save attachments in Briefcase rather than as message attachments
  • Works with any account you set up

Extra features with Zimbra Collaboration Suite

  • Email, contacts and calendar synchronize to the Zimbra Server
  • Works with both Open Source and Network Edition (ZCS 4.5+ servers)
  • Existing user preferences (folders, signatures, settings, etc) are imported
  • Fast launch with automatic, transparent sync
  • Access to mobile devices, the Zimbra online Web Client and much more

Install Yahoo!zimbra Desktop in Ubuntu Hardy

First you need to add the ubuntu patner source list using the following procedure

Go to System--->Administration--->Software Sources

Enter your password click on ok

Once it opens you need to click on Third party software tab and check the tick marks next to partner source list click on close.

You need to click on Reload on the following screen

Downloading the new package information is in progress

Install Yahoo!Zimbra desktop using the following command

sudo aptitude install zdesktop

Installation is in progress

After installation you need to go to Applications--->Internet--->Zimbra Desktop Installer

Select your language click on ok

Zimbra desktop welcome screen click on Next

Agree license agreement click on Next

Select destination directory click on Next

Extracting files is in progress

If you want to create desktop icon select this option and click on Next

Zimbra desktop service is starting in progress

Launch Yahoo! Zimbra Desktop click on Finish

Email Accounts setup

When you start Zimbra for the first time, you're asked to set up an email account (to do this, you need the login details for your email account from your provider as well as the SMTP and POP3/IMAP server address, and you must be online because otherwise Zimbra Desktop cannot check your account details).Click on setup an account

Select your account type in this example i am using gmail if you want to use your pop3/imap account you can select here

Enter the account details click on Save Settings

Mailbox Successfully created click on ok

Account details

Account calender screen

New task screen

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9 Responses

  1. MariusMarais says:

    Isn’t this the Zimbra application that sends your credentials through in plain-text? (

  2. admin says:


    This will be fixed in the next Zimbra Desktop version

  3. Moh says:

    thanks so match thats was so easy

  4. Ketan says:

    I am getting an error:
    Couldn’t find any package whose name or description matched “zdesktop”
    Pls help / suggest

  5. Symphony says:

    I have Linux Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid….
    I have this on my desktop….
    I would like to install it…
    I have had problems installing it…
    What do I do?
    In steps I can understand, like above

  6. Craig says:

    @ Symphony:

    Go to the terminal and type:
    cd Desktop
    chmod +x
    sudo ./

    after those 3 commands you should get the install wizard

  7. Roshan says:

    Hi can I import all my ms outlook mails in Zimbra..
    Please help for the same

  8. Tchibos says:

    cant find th packages, as Ketan said…suggest please

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