Mail Notification monitors your mailboxes for new mail.

When new mail arrives, Mail Notification alerts you by displaying an icon in the notification area. Moreover, a mail summary can be displayed in the icon tooltip, a sound can be played, and notifications containing useful action buttons can be popped up.

Mailbox Support

Mail Notification can monitor multiple mailboxes concurrently, and supports Evolution, Gmail, IMAP, Maildir, mbox, MH, Mozilla products (Mozilla, SeaMonkey, Thunderbird, …), POP3, Sylpheed, Windows Live Hotmail and Yahoo! Mail mailboxes.

Moreover, since Mail Notification uses GnomeVFS, it transparently supports remote (SSH, HTTP, …) and compressed mailboxes.

POP3 and IMAP features

Mail Notification supports advanced POP3 and IMAP features such as SSL/TLS connections (in-band or on separate port), SASL and APOP authentication, and the IMAP IDLE extension.


Mail Notification is configurable.

While its user interface is purposedly kept simple and straightforward, advanced users are provided with ways to run commands in reaction to events, customize the popup buttons, obtain a XML message list, modify the appearance of the application, and so on.

Immediate Notification

When a mailbox supports it, Mail Notification listens for changes reported by the mailbox rather than polling it periodically.

This mode of operation provides immediate notification of changes and reduces the system and network resources used by Mail Notification.

Attention to Detail

Mail Notification pays attention to detail.

The source code is clean, secure, portable and adheres to standards (such as POP3 and IMAP).

The interface is simple, functional, respects the GNOME Human Interface Guidelines and integrates well into the GNOME Desktop Environment (though Mail Notification can also be used with KDE, Xfce and other environments).


Mail Notification is free software, released under the terms of the GNU General Public License.


Forthcoming changes:

Changes since 5.3:

Changes since 5.2:

Changes since 5.1:

Changes since 5.0:

source tarballMail Notification 5.4
released May 22, 2008

The file is signed with Jean-Yves Lefort's PGP public key.

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