E-mail client

Posted on 2001-08-19
Last Modified: 2010-04-21
Can somebody give me an idea as to how to go ahead with writing an e-mail client in Linux ? What do I need to do,i.e, create socket->connect->etc. ?How do i use the SMTP and POP servers ?
What GUI dev. tools are available in Linux?
Question by:rasaraja
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ID: 6405961
I suggest you to use perl for scripting and if you want a "visual like" layout, use the gdk library with glade.
take a look to perl modules on
and that link:

good luck!

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zmanz earned 25 total points
ID: 6408322
Python also has email modules - poplib and smtplib.
Python also has some gui tool-kits -  tkinter, wxpython, etc...
Boa constructor is a delphi/visualbasic type of environment that uses the wxpython toolkit.
You may also want to do a search at
I always find stuff that I need there.
Try a search with something like
perl gui or
python gui


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It looks like they have a wxwindows toolkit for perl too.
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baruche earned 25 total points
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GUI dev tools

There are two major GUIs in the Linux world, GTK+ and QT, both of them are useable in most common languages. If you are a C+++ coder you will probably prefer QT, if you are a C programmer you will most probably prefer GTK+. For other languages, Perl/Python you better check what GUI looks better in your eyes.

For the socket programming, either read the RFCs pertaining to mail (there are quite a few) or use existing implementations that exist in Perl and Python.

This is at large, for specifics, you'll need to ask specific questions. The topic is large and wide, for example, a MUA will need to handle mail files, and to form the correct headers of the mail and to handle MIME e-mails.

Author Comment

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I have Linux 7.1 running and cannot get to install gtk+? The package manager gives dependency problems.I cannot go for individual package installation as one package leads to another dependendy package.What to do?
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