Goodbye Thunderbird: Hello Sylpheed

Looking for lighter applications for my current Desktop (Xfce) I decided to try again -After many years- a mail client called Sylpheed.

Honestly I have been amazed with this email client. I tried it when it was in one of its early versions and I didn't like it too much back then. But now things change and for the better.

For starters it has everything I need and use in Thunderbird, and even more:

  • Autocomplete email addresses.
  • Filtering emails.
  • It is minimized on the tray.
  • Simple interface.
  • Low consumption.
  • Support for IMAP / POP / SSL / STARTSL.
  • And it allows me to import emails MBox so I already have my messages from Thunderbird en Sylpheed.
  • Among other things.


Installing it in Debian is as simple as opening a terminal and putting:

$ sudo aptitude install sylpheed sylpheed-i18n sylpheed-plugins

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  1.   rastavallenato said

    Friend a tutorial to see if I can with this since with evolution I could not configure because Thunderbird has grown a lot

    1.    elav <° Linux said

      A setup tutorial? That's what you mean?

  2.   Hairosv said

    Will it exist for windows….?

    1.    KZKG ^ Gaara <"Linux said

      Hello and welcome to the site 😉
      Yes, it has a version for Windows:


    2.    Courage said

      That better in <ª Hasefroch

      ¬¬ It's that he sends the balls ...

  3.   Oscar said

    I will be saving all this information to make decisions when I install XFCE.

    Thank you elav (now Supreme Guru)

    1.    elav <° Linux said

      Hahahaha you're welcome ..

  4.   Hairosv said

    Guys, I need some help from you and taking into account the vast experience you have ...

    I want to learn to program pag. web, I want to do it from linux but I am a complete newbie… ..

    some recommendation of where I should start….

    Another thing is… it feasible to use Linux without internet connectivity…?

    I know that this is not where this consultation should go… ..but I'm desperate….

    1.    Jhals said

      You should start studying html, css for web layout, from there move on to a programming language for the server side like PHP and also on the client side like Javascript. Linux can be used perfectly, but if you want to make the pages compatible with IE, then you will have to have Windows.

      "Another thing is… it feasible to use Linux without internet connectivity…?"
      If feasible, it is, you only need a local server with apache, nginx, lighttpd or checker on the pc, with a database manager like mysql, postgresql, mariadb or even maybe SQLite and a programming language like PHP to start. (LAMP is said), or easily use XAMPP that brings everything integrated and easy to use xD. To install all this you will need internet but from there no more.

      ps: You may need an IDE to develop, but you can also start using some plain text editor, like gedit, leafpad etc (in this the guys will help you better 😉)

      1.    Hairosv said

        Thanks for your answer Jahs….

        sorry ... when I was talking about using linux without internet connection, I was referring to using it as a native operating system.

        I ask this because I have noticed that every time I install ubunto and install anything I do it from the internet, I have always wanted to have linux (any of its distributions) on my pc, but at home unfortunately I don't have internet.

        on the other hand, if you are a programmer I would like to have you in my contacts….

        1.    elav <° Linux said

          I understand what you mean and luckily for you, you have several solutions. I have an article in process talking about the subject.

        2.    Jhals said

          Well, for installing without internet elav It will give you the complete solution, you'll see haha.

          On the other hand, if you want to add me there is not a problem, but I do not know if you can leave the mail here haha, the same if elav He says there is no problem, leave me yours and I add you and we chat.

          P.S: elav an invitation for the "twitter" of DesdeLinux can be? 😀. Thanks in advance 😛

          1.    KZKG ^ Gaara <"Linux said

            Ready, I already sent you the invitation 😉
            About the local repo (which is the solution for Hairosv) HAHA, here in our country it is something we use a lot, because internet at home is not very common, so we have to do repos or mini-repos to install at home 😀

          2.    elav <° Linux said

            Anyone who wants an invitation, just send an email using the contact form with subject: DL.NET.

    2.    KZKG ^ Gaara <"Linux said

      I will shortly do a tutorial on how to install a conventional web server (Apache + MySQL + PHP) in Ubuntu / Debian 😉

      1.    Carlos-Xfce said

        Great! It will be very helpful for all of us who are eager to learn. Thanks for the initiative, Gaara. I'll thank you for the service when the tutorial appears. Regards.

    3.    KZKG ^ Gaara <"Linux said

      I recommend you if you want to learn web programming, obviously start with the basics (HTML), using basic means / tools (simple word processor like gedit, for example).

      Then, you can start to give it better style with HTML + CSS, when you see fit you leave the word processor and install Komodo-Edit, BlueFish or something like that, are development IDEs (applications that will help you to have a better and cleaner code).

    4.    Carlos-Xfce said

      Hi. I am a bit more of a newbie, but I have learned quite a few things and am still learning. I tell you that in a matter of web pages, I know how to do many things without having to know programming. First, I had to learn how to use a CMS: the one I use is WordPress, but also Moodle for a virtual classroom. WordPress is easy to use and very versatile.

      Apart from that, you have to hire a hosting service if you want to have your own domains:, for example. You do not know the mania that unleashes that! I have pages with domain extensions .com, .org, .net, .mx, .fr, .us, .info and next year I'm going for .tv and .pro. But be careful, sometimes it is not easy to choose a good hosting company. The first one I hired was disgusting; the one from now satisfies me completely. I hired a reseller plan and I have given resources to friends to set up their pages as well.

      After all of this, I would suggest you get paid WordPress themes. They are safer and very pretty. There are many alternatives. My pages look very nice and elegant thanks to the professional themes.

      You will have to learn some things about MySQL databases and some PHP, but nothing that is complicated. Finally, by having your own hosting and domains, you can integrate Google Apps to enjoy Gmail with your own email account. That is: you have and your email and as if it were a Gmail email.

      As for "make web pages from linux", that already has to do with the server. Everything I have said up to here you can do from a computer with internet and any operating system. But your hosting company is the one that will host your site on a server, be it Windows or Linux. The first company I hired used Windows and a panel (where the website is managed) that I didn't like at all. My current company offers both and I chose Linux - no problem. In addition, they work with the cPanel, very intuitive and easy to use.

      Well that's it. Courage: your wish is not impossible to fulfill, you only need the desire to learn and dedicate time to it. There is a lot of information online that helps you. I recommend the videos on YouTube: many people upload video tutorials to teach how to make web pages.

      Ah, there are other services, like Jimdo, to create a website without the need for knowledge and everything I said. It is intuitive and team work is very "cool". But if you want your own domain it is expensive; I paid for the professional package and it was very good. If it weren't for Jimdo, I wouldn't have made the leap to wanting to learn more and achieve what I can do today.


  5.   Hairosv said

    Thanks guys…. I'm going to get down to work… ..downloading manuals… .. it happens that in my country (Dominican Republic) the courses are expensive, and right now I don't earn a salary to be able to do it….

  6.   coolito said

    In my LMDE using Postler, I love "simple ..." applications =)

    1.    elav <° Linux said

      I've used Postler, but it's still too green for my liking and doesn't have everything I need.


  7.   Francisco martin said


    Thanks for your information. My question is this:
    How can I store the messages locally? I have not been able to find this option, if it has one. I work on Windows.

    Thank you

    1.    elav <° Linux said

      Greetings Francisco. When I use this mail client, if I want to store local messages, then I configure a POP3 account. Now, I don't know in Windows where I would save this configuration.

      1.    Francisco martin said

        Thanks Elav for your quick reply.

        I understand that I have to create a POP account and move messages to that account. Is that really?

        Thanks again for your kindness.

        1.    elav <° Linux said

          Well, Sylpheed is capable of importing messages from Thunderbird, although the most common is that you download all messages from the server and then they will become local. In essence it is that, when you create the POP account the messages will be stored on your hard drive.

  8.   Francisco martin said

    Thank you very much.

    1.    elav <° Linux said

      You're welcome ^^

  9.   heavynethole said

    Excellent!! I just tried it, and it really is light, I stopped using Thunderbird for exactly that reason, over time and Gnome felt so heavy…. by the way I use LXDE in Arch, and the performance is great for my 6 email accounts.