"Once more unto the breach my dear friends, once more!" I've written about Claws Mail quite a bit (see “Claws Mail: The unsung powerhouse email client“, “Claws Mail must have plugins“, “Create Message Filters in Claws Mail“, “Encrypting email in Claws Mail“, and "Make Claws Mail aware when you need top or bottom posting".) In the business world most people use Exchange. Unfortunately Claws Mail does not communicate with Exchange.
Fortunately there is an alternative that a lot of people use - Google Mail. And good news for Claws Mail users, it can communicate with Google Mail!
Of course it's not terribly cut and dry, how you set up Claws Mail to work with Google Mail, but it's not so difficult that a newbie can't configure it. So let's see just how this is done.
Setting up Google Mail
The first thing you have to do is set up Google Mail to allow IMAP connections. To do this go to your Google Mail account and click on the Settings link near the top. Once in the settings window click on the Forwarding and POP/IMAP tab. In this section you will want to check "Enable IMAP" in the IMAP section. Once you have done that click the Save Changes button and you're ready to move on over to Claws Mail for the real work.
Tag you're it!
Gmail does not handle mail with folders. Instead it uses tags. So in order to be able to use Gmail you have to have, at least, the bare minimum of tags created in order for your Gmail mail to have a place to live. In order to create tags you need to click on the Configuration menu and then click on the Tags entry to open up the Tags Window.
When the Tags Window opens (see Figure 1) you simply have to type the new tag in the text area and then click the Add button. The tags you need to add are the following:
You can add as many tags as you want depending upon how many folders you need (or have) on your Gmail account.
Configure your Gmail on Claws Mail
Now you need to go to the Configuration menu and select Create New Account. In this window you need to configure the following options.
Personal information: Fill this out as you need it.
Authentication method: LOGIN
The final step
Go back to the main Claws Mail window. If you right click on the Gmail main folder you will see an entry for Subscriptions. Under that entry there are three sub entries. You want to click the Subscribe entry to subscribe to your Gmail mail. Once you have done that you can click Get Mail to download all of your Gmail mail. You are ready to go.
Gmail is becoming a standard email service for many people, and with good reason. And now, if you use Gmail you can connect everyone's favorite Claws Mail client.
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