Claws-Mail review (after a few months)

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Last month, I decided to drop Evolution and start using claws-mail. Now that I’ve been using it everyday, I see that it fits very well my needs as a mail user agent.

I will list the features I like in Claws-Mail, instead of writing a huge boring paragraph:

  • Tree view (or Thread view) for emails that are related (replies for examples)
  • GPG support through plugins (MIME or inline, and with SHA512 support too!)
  • Very lightweight (almost all of the time less than 10mb ram used)
  • Can display HTML emails in plain text (by stripping the html) and it works really good
  • Rules/Actions can be added for a lot of events
  • Bogofilter spam filter support through plugins
  • HTML viewer, just in case! (added through plugin)
  • Choose which headers to show when reading email (see screenshot: I chose to show the SPF header)
  • “Next” button to quickly read the next unread email
  • Extract email addresses from received mails and add them into your addressbook.
  • Different Layouts, even one for small screens
  • Many other features…

Claws-Mail is well worth the try, there are lots of nice features like those. And I’m quite happy to have switched to it.

You can either find claws-mail through your package management system (synaptic, yum, rpm, …) or through the official website.
I also packaged it for Ubuntu/Debian without the maemo support for LPIA architecture (this was for my HP mini 1000).

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memory saving: Switching to Claws-Mail (with Gmail)

Evolution is a complete solution for mail, calendar, tasks, contact lists, but it uses a lot of resources, and I’m not using all of those features.
Last week I was looking at multiple mail clients (aka mail user agents). I was really interested in Claws-Mail, a fork of Sylpheed. It is very lightweight, and has a bunch of features, not as much as evolution, but it can compete pretty well.
Memory-wise, I switched from 30mb used by Evolution to ~14mb (maximum, but usually ~10mb) used by Claws-mail.

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The only problem I was facing is setting it up with Gmail. Here’s how I figured it out after a couple days.
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