Sylpheed – A very lightweight email client

It’s very frustrating to open everytime gmail applet to check email… even if there are many firefox add-ons to do that (like gmail-notifier).

Link: TomsHw Firefox add-ons article

So it’s a good thing to have a small email client installed.

sylpheed icon

My choice is SYLPHEED. It’s an email client which consume less than 9 mb in ram…


Here is a screenshot:


ArchLinux installation:

Sylpheed is in community repo… so it’s installation is very simpler

Only a command:

sudo pacman -Sy sylpheed

pacman installation

Or if you want svn version use AUR:

  • get the tarball SYLPHEED-SVN
  • extract it to a folder
  • cd to the folder
  • makepkg -i


yaourt -S sylpheed-svn

After that it’s time to configure it:


Here is instructions on

gmail instruction

Remember to enable SSL



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5 responses to “Sylpheed – A very lightweight email client”

  1. lenatis says :

    the UI is poor..

  2. Orval says :

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  3. Navi Charlotte says :

    I recently started using this mail client, I am a former user of Thunderbird, but I got tired of how slow it is to load (it claims a LOT of RAM for itslef :s) and since last week it just start using some CPU time for no aparent reason :s

    So after searching for a while for alternatives, I found your article and started to use Sylpheed. Yay! for the Arch community, just told pacman to install it and I was ready to go. So far it has been a nice experience. As you mention it is not greedy at all with resources and it does what it needs to do.

    A note for people complaining about the UI: it used GTK+, so if you do not have aGTK theme install, it will look terrible, so keep it in mind.

    Nice article!

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