Sylpheed: light and powerful email client

Looking for a Gmail desktop client? Try Sylpheed!

Sylpheed has just got a newer version (3.4.2) today and we thought it’s a good time to write about this email client. Sylpheed is a multiplatform light and powerful email client with much lesser bells and whistles than thunderbird or evolution. However, it integrates on any platform seamlessly and does one job well: being a reliable desktop email client. You can easily setup Sylpheed to work as your Gmail client (or any modern email service that supports POP3 or IMAP protocols).


  • Simple and beautiful with a clean interface.
  • Supports POP3, IMAP4rev1 and SMTP, but also NNTP (NetNews). IPv6 by default.
  • Quick launch integration and desktop notifications on new email.
  • Lots of configuration options which are also easy to understand.
  • Implemented in C and delivers good performance. Can read a folder with 20/30K messages without much stress.
  • Powerful search and filtering.
  • Learning-type junk email control feature which utilizes external commands. Automatically filter junk emails without setting filter rules by hand.
  • Optionally supports the signing and encryption of messages by GnuPG, and the encrypted communication of POP3/IMAP4/NNTP over SSL/TLSv1.
  • Supports plain-text attachments instead of base64.
  • Call external commands and cooperate with them in various circumstances.
  • Multiplatform. Works on Linux, Windows and OSX.
  • Open source and free.


To install Sylpheed on Ubuntu, run:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:klaus-vormweg/sylpheed
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install sylpheed

Sylpheed has a capable fork too – Claws Mail, which you can try out for variety.

Webpage: Sylpheed

One thought on “Sylpheed: light and powerful email client”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *