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Claws Mail

Claws Mail is an email client (and news reader), based on GTK+, featuring

Quick response Graceful, and sophisticated interface Easy configuration, intuitive...
  • Windows
  • Linux
  • BSD
Avg rating of 3.7 (10)| 11 comments
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Claws Mail Features

  1.  LightweightClaws Mail consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
  2.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsClaws Mail can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
  3.  Multiple Account supportClaws Mail support multiple accounts without the need to logout and login
  4.  No registration requiredYou can use most of the features in Claws Mail without registration.
  5.  Import/Export OPML FeedsImport and export your feed subscriptions into OPML format with Claws Mail.
  6.  Spam FilterClaws Mail can detect unsolicited, unwanted and virus-infected emails, calls, files, etc.
  7.  PortableClaws Mail can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.

Claws Mail information

  • LicensingOpen Source and Free product.
  • RatingAverage rating of 3.7
  • Alternatives88 alternatives listed

Supported Languages

  • English

Our users have written 11 comments and reviews about Claws Mail, and it has gotten 96 likes

Claws Mail was added to AlternativeTo by mawimawi on and this page was last updated .

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bVork
  
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Claws Mail is a simple, super lightweight email application. If all you want is email and RSS, Claws Mail is great. It takes up very little memory and does those basic tasks very well. It also supports minimization to tray (in both WIndows and Linux), making it a rarity among open-source email clients (and giving it a distinct advantage over Mozilla Thunderbird.)

Why four stars instead of five? A couple of idiosyncrasies that are either acceptable or enough of a deal-breaker that you'll want another email client. Claws Mail doesn't support CardDAV, but if it's the primary email application you use, you can synchronize vCards and import them to each system that you use Claws Mail on. It's not ideal but it works. Claw Mail also doesn't support IMAP IDLE, so you'll have to accept email checking at regular intervals (I set it to five minutes) rather than immediate notification upon receiving a new email.

The default theme is also very ugly, but Claws Mail has support for custom themes, so this can be fixed. I recommend the Elementary theme on Windows and the Breeze theme on KDE in Linux.

[Edited by bVork, October 22]

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yattoz
  
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Biggest feature : being lightweight enough to run constantly in background. It's customizable and supports with HTML view, provided you dive in its settings.

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n8vz

Agree . . . see my review above.

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snakyjake4
  
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The installation puts files everywhere, not compact.

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tuva-hayabi
  
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Very easy to create accounts, and the user interface is very tidy and clean. Claws Mail has also an address book. All in all, more lightweight than Thunderbird, but the downside of Claws is that there is no calendar included.

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xvhpqg
  
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Hands down the best Email client out there. No irrelevant features, unlike Thunderbird. Handles email communication nicely and has everything you may need. Supports PGP encryption on all platforms! Love it.

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SV1987
  
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After I moved from 32 to 64 bit Windows 8.1, the most important Thunderbird addon Mail Alert stopped working. I started looking for a replacement. Tried this Claws Mail. It looked promising as I could make alerts with its Execute function in filters + AHK MsgBox function. But it is terrible with HTML. I found no way to insert pictures into messages, so I'll have to keep looking for something else.

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n8vz
  
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I was using Postbox on a machine with 8gig RAM and an Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-4278U CPU @ 2.60GHz, 2601 Mhz, 2 Core(s) with 4 Logical Processors. Postbox would use huge amounts of memory and CPU time. Switched to Claws Mail and the difference was immediately very noticeable. Postbox slowed down the whole machine. One the other hand, Claws Mail's footprint was barely noticeable. I've been using Claws Mail now for two days, and I've found the learning curve to be not very steep at all. As with all software it has its own little peculiarities, but I found them for the most part charming rather than aggravating. I think that this program will grow on me!

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  • News Reader
  • Calendar
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