Install Claws mail (Mail Client) in Ubuntu

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Claws Mail is an email client (and news reader), based on GTK+.The appearance and interface are designed to befamiliar to new users coming from other popular email clients, as well as experienced users.

Claws Mail Features

  • Quick response
  • Graceful, and sophisticated interface
  • Easy configuration, intuitive operation
  • Abundant features
  • Extensibility
  • Robustness and stability

Install Claws mail (Mail Client) in Ubuntu

Open a terminal. Download and register the signing key for the Claws mail sources


sudo apt-key add colin.publickey

Change your /etc/apt/sources.list to include the Claws mail sources

sudo vi /etc/apt/sources.list

Go to the end of the file and add which source list is suitable for you

For Dapper Users

deb ./

For Edgy Users

deb ./

Save the file and exit.

Then update your sources

sudo apt-get update

Install Claws Mail

sudo apt-get install sylpheed-claws-gtk2

This will pull down whatever is necessary to install the basic application.

Install extras. Sylpheed has very many extensions and plugins. Take a look at them all by doing this

sudo apt-cache search sylpheed-claws-gtk2

Take a look at this list (note the spamassassin plugin, the trayicon plugin, the html viewer, etc.). You can get quite
a few of the plugins by installing the plugins packages

sudo apt-get install sylpheed-claws-gtk2-plugins sylpheed-claws-gtk2-extra-plugins

Or, you can get them individually, by specifying them on the apt-get command line, eg:

sudo apt-get install sylpheed-claws-gtk2-spamassassin

Open Claws mail. You will find it (in gnome) under Applications --> Internet --> Sylpheed Claws gtk2

Claws Mail Themes

Spend a few minutes looking around and setting things up. If you like, you can customize the interface (as well as
many other things) to use various themes.

Claws Mail Themes can be downloaded from here
To use a theme, download it, unpack it, and navigate to the unpacked directory in sylpheed under Configuration -->
Preferences --> Themes. Install the theme, then select "Use this".

You may also be interested in various scripts for use with claws mail (address conversion etc.) from here
The feature set of sylpheed is very rich, flexible, and functional. You might find that it becomes a little addictive.

Claws Mail Plugins

You can download Claws Mail Plugins from here
Claws Mail & S/MIME plugin

If you want to work claws mail & S/MIME plugin check here
If you want to know more about claws mail check here

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1 Response

  1. Ajantis says:

    Great! Thanx, I couldn’t install it from Claws’ original site and this helped 🙂 .

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