How to install Mailspring on Ubuntu 20.04

Mailspring is a open-source email management tool(previously know as Nylas Mail or Nylas N1) is next-generation email app built with open web technologies. It has a really modern and slick user interface(UI). This application is suitable for businesses of all sizes, that allows user to manage read receipts, mailbox insights, follow-up reminders, email templates, contact profiles, and more.

Mailspring email client has some advanced features that I personally like such as email scheduling, set reminders, snooze messages, track links etc. You can use a single inbox for all of your email accounts, This feature helps you get more done in less time. Mailspring supports every major mail provider including Gmail, iCloud, Office 365, Outlook.com, Yahoo!, and IMAP/SMTP.

This email client can translate messages written in English into Spanish, simplified Chinese, Russian, French, and German, right inside your draft.

Activity tracking is built into Mailspring so you get notified as soon as contacts read your messages and can follow up appropriately.

Mailspring indexes your mail so you can use advanced, Gmail style search queries and search message contents across all your connected accounts. Never lose an email again.

Its an cross-platform application available for Windows, MacOS and Linux.

Key Features of Mailspring

  • Cross-Platform application: Available for Mac, Micosoft Windows, and Linux
  • Localized into 9 languages
  • Touch and gesture support
  • Undo send
  • Multiple layouts and themes
  • Multiple accounts (IMAP & Office 365)
  • Leverages the PGP encryption for ensuring privacy and security.
  • Unified Inbox
  • Advanced shortcuts
  • Read receipts, link tracking, follow-up reminders and more
  • Lightning-fast advanced search

This article explains two methods of installing Mailspring email client on Ubuntu 20.04. Choose the installation method that is most appropriate for your environment.

Method 1: Installing Mailspring as a Snap Package

The easiest way to install Mailspring email client on Ubuntu 20.04 is by using the snap packaging system.

A snap package is a type of universal Linux package that you can enjoy irrespective of the distro. Its an self-contained software packages that include the binary all dependencies needed to run the application.

All you need is the snap service pre-configured, In the case of Ubuntu 20.04, it comes with snap pre-installed.

If snapd package is not already installed then you can install it by running following command.

$ sudo apt install snapd

Note: Snap packages can be installed from either the command-line or via the Ubuntu Software application.

This is actually the Snap version of the Mailspring. It can be used on any Linux distribution that has Snap support.

Open your terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and type the following command to install the Mailspring email client package.

$ sudo snap install mailspring

At this step, you have successfully installed Mailspring on Ubuntu 20.04 system.

If you are not comfortable with the command line, open Ubuntu Software, search for “Mailspring” and install the application.

Type the following command to update Mailspring package.

$ sudo snap refresh --list

Method 2: Installing Mailspring using deb package

We’ll download and install the Mailspring email client .deb package from its official Website.

Step #1

Visit at official website to Download the Mailspring .deb package.

Step #2

Now type the following command to install the downloaded package.

$ sudo dpkg -i mailspring-1.9.2-amd64.deb

You can also use the apt command to install .deb files.

$ sudo apt install mailspring-1.9.2-amd64.deb

If you get a dependency error while installing the .deb packages, you can run the following command to fix it.

$ sudo apt install -f

That’s it, Mailspring email client has been installed on your Ubuntu System, and you can start using it.

Starting Mailspring

Mailspring email client can be launched from the command line by typing mailspring or In the Activities search bar type “Mailspring” and click on the icon.

Mailspring User Interface:

Image Credit: getmailspring.com

How to Uninstall Mailspring from Ubuntu 20.04

For some reason, If you want to uninstall Mailspring application, refer following methods.

Method #1

If you have installed Mailspring email client via Snap type the following command:

$ sudo snap remove mailspring

Method #2

If you have installed the appication using apt then uninstall by running the below command:

$ sudo apt remove mailspring

Conclusion

I hope that now you have a good understanding of How to install Mailspring on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa.

If anyone does have any questions about what we covered in this guide then feel free to ask in the comment section below and I will do my best to answer those.

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