Mail Notification

6 Best Free and Open Source Mail Notification Tools

Email is arguably one of the most popular and useful functions of a Linux system. Fortunately, there is a wide selection of free email software available on the Linux platform which is stable, feature laden, and ideal for personal and business environments.

A mail notification tool lets you know when new emails are received. A prominent feature of these tools is the non-obtrusive passive notification about important emails which will let you concentrate on your work and avoid unnecessary interruptions.

When all you want to do is be notified when you have a new e-mail message the last thing you want is software chugging along in the background using up valuable system memory. Fortunately, the programs are lightweight in nature.

We make the following recommendations captured in a legendary LinuxLinks-style chart. All of the programs are free and open source goodness.

Ratings chart for the best free and open source Linux email notification tools

Hopefully, there will be something of interest for anyone that doesn’t want to miss an important email.

Even if you happy using your mobile phone to receive mail notifications, it’s handy to have notifications go to your desktop too.

Let’s explore the 6 mail notification tools at hand. Click the links in the table below to learn about each tool.

Mail Notification
BubblemailExtensible mail notification service. Fork of Mailnag
MailnagExtensible mail notification daemon
Ayatana WebmailWebmail notifications and actions for any desktop. Quicklist support
MailutilsSwiss army knife of electronic mail handling
gnubiffMail notification program
CheckMailsSystem tray unread mail checker using the IMAP protocol
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