Unity Mail was a small application for Ubuntu that allowed you to view the number of received emails directly from your desktop, without having to open your mail account.

As it happens with many other open source applications, Unity Mail has been abandoned by its developers. Here’s how it looked like in the distant 2011:

unity-mail-old

2016 and Unity Mail is back!

One of the guys behind the initial project picked-up the code, enhanced it and posted on his PPA. Unity Mail is back and works great with Unity. As a result, it displays the number of received emails without you having to check the email accounts or leave an email application open at all times.

Unity Mail works with almost all email services, from Gmail to Yahoo, as long as they support IMAP4. You can also link multiple accounts and get desktop notifications from all accounts in real time.

Unity Mail menu:

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How to install Unity Mail

To install the application, open a terminal and copy-paste of the following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa: robert-tari / main
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install unity-mail

Alternatively, if you don’t want to add the PPA, you can download the deb file from here.

Once the application is installed, the first thing to do is to add an account. To do that run Unity Mail from Unity Dash and look under “change account details” in the settings.

Then, you’ll have to add your email address details. In the options you can then configure the application and make sure that fits your requirements.

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HowTo Install Unity Mail on Ubuntu
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