Even if it’s not a popular email application, Sylpheed has been in development for over 14 years and designed to be used by beginners and power users alike. It’s geared towards keyboard-oriented operation.
Features at a glance
Key features include the ability to filter and search email messages in a single or multiple accounts, control junk mail settings, support for external commands, as well as support for foreign languages, including Japanese.
The default functionality of the application can be easily extended through plugins. The Plugin Manager dialog can be accessed from the Configuration menu and allows users to view detailed information about the currently installed plugins.
Security is also a strong point of this applications, as it supports the standard GnuPG and SSL/TLS encryption protocols. Sent emails will be automatically encrypted and signed with your own keys.
Comfortable and lightweight operation
The application provides users with an easy-to-understand and well-organized configuration from the get-go. For example, when the application starts for the first time and prompts the user to create an initial mailbox, this can be in either their home folder or a custom location.
Thanks to its comfortable and lightweight operation, users will be able to use Sylpheed for sending and receiving electronic mail messages without much hassle. Supported account types include Gmail or custom POP3 and IMAP4.
Supported operating systems and desktop environments
Besides Linux and Microsoft Windows, Sylpheed runs on many other Unix-like operating systems, such as BSD and Mac OS X. Its well-polished and beautiful user interface uses the GTK+ GUI toolkit, which means that it integrates well will GNOME, MATE, Cinnamon, Xfce and LXDE desktop environments.
Several lightweight Linux distributions include Sylpheed as their default email client, but if you’re looking for a professional-grade application that can do more than just emailing, try Evolution or Mozilla Thunderbird.
Reviewed by Marius Nestor, last updated on November 1st, 2014
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- In this release, the OpenSSL library included in the Windows version was updated, and its security vulnerability was fixed.
- The bug that POP3 remote mailbox feature didn't show error if local mailbox was inaccessible on downloading messages was also fixed.
Application descriptionSylpheed is an open source, lightweight and user-friendly email client graphical application built using the GTK+ fram...