Claws Mail Reviews

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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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Agree . . . see my review above.

Not Bad!

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I tried many client:

  • Thunderbird (I prefer)
  • Seamonkey
  • FossaMail
  • Sylpheed
  • Outlook

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  • it uses few memory ( ClawsMail < 40 MB <--> ThunderBird ~100 MB )** and works with PGP.

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  • Few languages supported for spell checking.
  • The settings of the program take a while.
  • The Events&Tasks are mostly unreadable for other clients.
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Remarks

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Formerly known as Sylpheed Claws, can publish calendar data to Orage.

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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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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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Does not support auto-configuration for IMAP-email-accounts. I will stick with Mozilla-Thunderbird for now.

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Installation (Windows)

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The installation puts files everywhere, not compact.

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