Install Sylpheed 3.5 (Email Client) on Linux

Sylpheed is a free, open source, cross-platform, simple, lightweight, featureful and easy-to-use e-mail client. Sylpheed provides intuitive user-interface based on GTK+. Sylpheed uses GTK+ GUI toolkit and latest versin of Sylpheed works with GTK+ 2.4 or later (2.6 or later is recommended). The latest version of Sylpheed 3.5 released on January 25, 2016.

Sylpheed Feature

  • Simple, beautiful, and well-polished user interface
  • Comfortable operationality which is built in detail
  • Well-organized, easy-to-understand configuration
  • Lightweight operation
  • High reliability with one-mail-corresponding-to-one-file format
  • Extensibility by plug-in faculty
  • Powerful filtering and search
  • Junk mail control
  • Security features (GnuPG, SSL/TLSv1)
  • Various protocols support
  • Internationalization and Multilingualization support
  • High-level Japanese processing
  • Flexible cooperation with external commands
  • Detailed info about feature

1) Install Sylpheed on Linux

We can easily install Latest version of Sylpheed release from distribution official repository (All the distribution having upate repository where the team’s are pushing updates based on software releases). This method is good and handy for further update too.

# CentOS/RHEL & Upto Fedora 21 #
# yum install sylpheed

# Fedora 22 & later #
# dnf install sylpheed

# For Ubuntu, Debian & Mint #
$ sudo apt-get install sylpheed

For openSUSE, we need to add openSUSE additional repository, refer packman repo for adding repository.

# For openSUSE Leap 42.1 #
# zypper ar

# For openSUSE 13.2 #
# zypper ar

# For openSUSE 13.1 #
# zypper ar

# zypper ref
# zypper in sylpheed

2) Download & Install Sylpheed on Linux from Source

If you don’t get Sylpheed from your distribution repo, try any third party repo, if its fail. Use the below steps to download the latest version of Sylpheed archive file and install it. Most of us usually get confused where we can download and extract the source file. If so, don’t worry, for manual software installation I would advise you to use /opt directory.

# [yum|dnf|zypper|apt-get] install gcc gtk2 gtk2-devel
# wget
# tar -zxvf sylpheed-3.5.0.tar.gz
# cd sylpheed-3.5.0
# ./configure
# make
# make install
# sylpheed


About Prakash Subramanian

Prakash Subramanian is a Linux lover and has 3.5+ years of experience in linux server administration with major Linux distribution such as (RHEL, CentOS, Ubuntu). He is currently working as a Senior L2 Linux Server administrator.

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One Comment on “Install Sylpheed 3.5 (Email Client) on Linux”

  1. Great article. There is one more command which is required to make the installation work. after make install users need to give one more command i.e. ldconfig
    After this if will work for all.

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