Oct 152008
 

Claws Mail is a free opensource lightweight, user friendly and fast email client for Linux. Claws Mail is a quick response email client with easy configuration, intuitive operation and abundant features, extensibility, robustness and stability.


Apart from the normal standard features like Multiple email accounts, Filtering, MIME Attachments, etc there are some nice features including

GnuPG support (with GPGME) with ‘On-the-fly’ changing of the type of GnuPG encryption and/or signing used
User-defined headers
Multiple MH folder support
Mbox import/export
External editor
Message queueing and drafting
Plugin support for addon features and themes
Drag’n’drop support
Powerful Quick Search function
Dynamic signatures

For a detailed list of features click here

Install Claws Mail client

Claws Mail client can be installed using one of the following 1-click installs based on your openSUSE version.

openSUSE 11.0
Claws Mail 1-click install
openSUSE 10.3
Claws Mail 1-click install
openSUSE 10.2
Claws Mail 1-click install
NOTE: Click here to enable 1-click install in openSUSE 10.2

This should download the YaST MetaPackage file (YMP) and launch the YaST Package manager for installation. Click next on the window showing the selected repositories and next again on the package selection window and finally click Next on the installation proposal window. This should add the required repositories (click import when prompted to import the GPG Keys) and install ClawsMail and required dependencies. Click Finish when the installation is completed succesfully.
Claw mail repositories Package Selection

Installation proposal Successful installation
This installs Claws Mail under “Applications – Internet – E-mail” as “Email Client“. Click Email Client to launch for the first time.
Claws Mail in Menu Account Setup Wizard
When launched for the first time, Claws Mail takes you through a Setup wizard to setup your first email account. Click Forward on the Welcome Screen.
Account Name Receiving email
Enter your name, Email Address and the company name and click Forward. Enter the Server Type (IMAP,POP), Server Address, Username and password for receiving emails. Also enter SSL details if used and click Forward.
Sending Email Mailbox Name
Now, configure the sending mail (SMTP) with the SMTP server and authentication details (if required) and click Forward. Enter the name for Mail box and click Forward. This completes the setup wizard and click Save
Setup Wizard complete Claws Mail in action
Configurations options for all email accounts globally or for speceific email accounts can be configured from the Configuration menu,
Account Preference

A couple of important features to discuss will be

Themes

As I said earlier, Claws Mail supports themes which can be downloaded from here and installed. Download the tar.gz files and extract it to your hard disk. Now, click “Configuration – Preferences”. Under Displa, click Themes and then “Install new”, select the extracted directory (Crystal here) and click “Use This”. This should install the theme and apply.

Themes

Claws Mail Plugins

Plugins allow users to extend the capability of Claws Mail with addon features. You can find the available plugins here

However, you can use one of the following 1-click installs based on your openSUSE version to install all the plugins available in the above URL.

openSUSE 11.0
Claws Mail 1-click install
openSUSE 10.3
Claws Mail 1-click install
openSUSE 10.2
Claws Mail 1-click install

Once installed all the plugins (files with .s0 extension) are found under /usr/lib/claws-mail/plugins (/usr/lib64/claws-mail/plugins on x86-64). Click Configuration – Plugins and click Load and select the Plugin and click OK. This will install the plugin.
Clawa mail plugins
A nice simple email client for Linux. Click here to visit the project homepage.