The 4 Best Email Clients for Linux

The 4 Best Email Clients for Linux

For as old as it is, email is still really important for day-to-day business. In fact, for as far as social networking has gone, none of it has managed to dethrone emailing as the preferred way of professional communication.

So, you need an email client for Linux. There are many – aybe too many, honestly. It’s because of this that we’ve made it easier for you to decide. What are the four best options for email clients on Linux?

1. Thunderbird

Thunderbird for Linux

When it comes to emailing on Linux (as well as Windows and Mac even), Mozilla Thunderbird is the program that we all think of. It’s at the top of this list for a reason. It has the most features over any other email client that you could possibly get your hands on.

It’s created by the people who work on Firefox, so you know it’s a solid program. What’s even better is that Thunderbird (like Firefox) can use extensions and themes. If you’re looking for an email client that can do it all, consider this one.

2. Claws Mail

Claws Mail for Linux

Claws Mail is a really great email client currently available for Linux. Like all email programs, CM has an easy account setup process, and support for RSS and templates. When it comes down to it, this program doesn’t have a massive amount of features if you were to compare it to some of the other email clients on this list, but it’s still great for general purpose email-related activities. Do yourself a favor and check out Claws Mail.

3. KMail

KMail for Linux

KMail is a Qt-based email client specifically created for the KDE desktop environment. Much like the KDE desktop itself, KMail is filled with options and features to mess around with (virus and spam filters, integration with Kontact, etc.). This program is ideal for those looking for a Qt-based email client.

4. Evolution

Evolution for Linux

Evolution is an email client created by the Gnome project. Like all modern email clients, it supports many different messaging protocols and features. Since this program is part of the Gnome project, it sports a minimalist GTK+3 layout. It’s functional and clean but not very customization friendly. If you’re just looking for a basic email client with no frills, Evolution is the way to go.


Every day it seems like people are starting to lose favor with email. Less and less people see it as a work or personal tool for messaging and see it as more of a burden. I can see why people think that: a lot of email solutions are online, with clunky and often slow interfaces. It’s no wonder a lot of people would prefer a Facebook or Twitter message to checking email.

If you’re on Linux and are falling out of favor with email, try out one of these applications on the list. I can’t promise that you’ll fall in love with emailing, but I will say that you might find yourself hating the checking of and responding to emails a little less.

Email has been around for a very long time and doesn’t plan on going away any time soon. As a Linux user, you owe it to yourself to at least find an emailing client you like using. The four on this list are a great start.

Derrik Diener Derrik Diener

Derrik Diener is a freelance technology blogger.


  1. The best thing about TBird is that you can copy the profile directory in Windows and paste it in the Linux PC, and it will work (albeit some extensions may fail), and vice-versa. I haven’t used Claws Mail though I have used Sylpheed in Windows. Good program but a little bare bones. The last time I used Evolution was when it was still Ximian. And I hate KDE desktop and apps.

  2. This should be title “4 Best GUI E-mail Clients for Linux” – what about the CLI clients? I can go through 100 e-mails in mutt a *lot* faster than I can in any GUI client I’ve ever tried.

    1. I ran out of patience with CLI email clients because each one I used I had to read the documentation to find out how it works. Great that they are fast for the commands you remember, but by the time you have looked up the one you forgot, you have lost the whole speed advantage. CLI email is great if you have a good memory and like to show off.

      GIU clients are easy to use without having to RTFM.

  3. “There are many – maybe too many, honestly.”

    Good grief, yeah, let’s try and keep choice down to just a few…the ‘tards using the ‘net are confused enough as it is and choice is such a bad thing in a free society.

    I “honestly” don’t understand the thought processes of some of the article writers on the internet who come up with such dumb phrases and at the same time are trying to ‘help’ people out.

    1. I do agree. Choices are good. And if you don’t like that, don’t do the choices, just take anyone. I mean, isn’t that what no/less choices actually means???

      And by the way, Evolution is very configurable. It isn’t a simple Email reader. And it do calendar, todo and memos too.

  4. You are wrong about Evolution being a minimalist and a “basic email client with no frills” , and I wonder why you would say that. Perhaps you didn’t install and use the system, eh?

    Contrary to your statement, my search for an email client has always ended with Evolution eventually and would say it is most suited for enterprise use compared to the others you listed.

    It support multiple connection protocols, including Exchange I believe, although I have not used it. It also has a full function calendar, meetings and appointments, notes and memos function. It supports plugins, filters, flagging of emails, spam filters, contacts, folders, and so on.

    How all of this qualifies as a no-frills application is beyond me, really.

  5. Evlution a no-frills app?!?!?! ahahahahahahahhaha AHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAH

    Please do something else in your spare time, you really can’t write about Linux email clients.

  6. if you are looking for a super fast yet complete IMAP client, be sure to check out Trojita – it is great!

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