6 Best Email Clients for Linux Systems

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Aaron Kili

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13 Responses

  1. Mark F says:

    Really the only client listed here that comes close to resembling a modern email client is Geary – but it is seriously lacking in features and development of it is slower than snails pace.

    I had high hopes for Trojita on KDE (as a replacement for the horrid KMail) but development of that is in the same boat as Geary.

    • Aaron Kili K says:

      @Mark F

      A lot still needs to be done to improve or possibly develop new, feature-rich desktop email clients on Linux distributions. I believe developers out there are coming up with some wonderful ideas to deal with user concerns such as yours. Above all, thanks for the wonderful feedback.

  2. Ejaz Siddiqui says:

    really there are not much option for email clients in Linux and the options that are available are not very good. While people are making new distro daily, someone must come forward and create a good app for email client for Linux.

    • Aaron Kili K says:


      That is true, there are few email clients for the Linux platform. This has been a limitation for several users, nevertheless, the few available still work for now. Probably, new ones will be developed in the future to offer modern features and functions. Thanks for getting back to us.

  3. Leonardl says:

    The same list from 5 years a go… Very sad

    • Aaron Kili K says:


      This could probably be because the software listed here are still the most used as email clients out there, but you can also make some suggestions as per your own finding, that will be most welcome.

  4. nicu says:

    no Alpine, no Mutt? nothing text based?

    • Ravi Saive says:


      Really thanks for notifying us about Alpine and Mutt, including to the list as per your suggestion…

  5. Otto Leipälä says:

    Sylpheed claws mail is fork of that program,seems to be ok program.

  6. campbell says:

    Thunderbird stands out.

  7. Jon Loveless says:

    I noticed that Claws was last updated 10/2014 and does not support anything more recent than 14.10.

  8. Martins Almeida says:

    Last time I tried Evolution, I found it very buggy. Besides, it is a one man show, never a good solution to depend your email solution on a single person for maintenance.

    All the remaining four products pale in comparison to Thunderbird, the only valid option in all the six mentioned email clients, unless you are a very basic user.

    Let’s see what happens to Thunderbird in the future, as Mozilla organization publicly expressed their interest in alienate Thunderbird and concentrate their efforts and time on Firefox.

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