0.10.0 GPL v3    
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An Open Source and lightweight email application for the GNOME desktop environment

editor's review






Geary is an open source email client application specifically designed around conversations, allowing users to read entire email discussions without much hassle. It integrates with the GNOME desktop environment.

At the moment, the application is in early development stage and it acts as a simple email reader, letting users to write, delete or archive messages, label or move an email conversation, as well as to star a message or mark it as read/unread.

Getting started with Geary

When opening the application for the first time, users will be asked to add an email account, defaulting to Gmail from the get-go. Among other predefined mail accounts, we can mention Yahoo! Mail and

To set any other email account than the predefined ones, you will have to choose the “Other” option, which will immediately open the IMAP and SMTP settings. If you choose not to set an account at this time, the application will exit.

Uncluttered and intuitive user interface

Its user interface is easy-to-use and uncluttered, allowing users to quickly read email messages without having to open them in separate windows. Only the compose dialog will be opened in new window.

Under the hood

Under the hood, we can notice that the program was written in the Vala programming language and provides users with a familiar graphical user interface (GUI) designed in GTK+, which means that integrates well with the GNOME desktop environment.

While the application has been successfully tested with major Linux distributions, including Debian, Ubuntu and Fedora, it is distributed only as a source archive that can be used to configure, compile and install the application in other open source OSes.

Bottom line

Summing up, Geary aims to be a lightweight email client for the GNOME desktop environment, as well as for other open source window managers. Even if it’s not yet a replacement for the powerful Mozilla Thunderbird and Evolution apps, we should mention that the developer plans to implement new functionality in future releases of the email client.

Geary was reviewed by Marius Nestor
Last updated on March 31st, 2015
Geary - The main window, where users can view all the latest emails and conversations

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