Best free IMAP mail client

Posted on 2006-06-28
Last Modified: 2013-11-13
What is the best free IMAP based email client for OSX?

The built in client does not fully support IMAP and insists on showing all the folders available and ignoring which ones you have subscribed to.

Thunderbird will only show if there are new messages in your inbox. To see if there are new messages in other folders you have to select them all one at a time which is a real pain.

I use ximian evolution  under Linux and it works great but there is no mac version that I can find.
Question by:grblades
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 3
  • 2
LVL 24

Expert Comment

ID: 16999701
LVL 36

Author Comment

ID: 17000742
I have installed evolution but it is only showing my inbox. Under linux I choose the 'overide server-supplied namespace' option and leave the namespace blank to overcome this problem but on the mac this is not working. Any ideas?

Any other suggestions for an email client?

Expert Comment

ID: 17003801
I'm a big fan of Thunderbird:

Lots of support, great product!
Turn your laptop into a mobile console!

The CV211 Laptop USB Console Adapter provides a direct Laptop-to-Computer connection for fast and easy remote desktop access with no software to install.

LVL 24

Expert Comment

ID: 17004501
Hi grblades,

I did a bit of digging and found that the Mulberry is one of the strongest IMAP supported mail client on OS X.  However, the company went broke but the software remains on the Internet..  Here's the references:
LVL 24

Accepted Solution

slyong earned 250 total points
ID: 17006554
Hi grblades,

You can also configure Thunderbird to check all IMAP folder for new mail.. if that is your only problem that you have to click on each of the folder to see if there is new mail...  The configuration is in user.js and add in the line:

user_pref("mail.check_all_imap_folders_for_new", true);

LVL 36

Author Comment

ID: 17007866
Thanks. Yes that was really the only problem with thunderbird so it works great now with that setting change.

Featured Post

Manage your data center from practically anywhere

The KN8164V features HD resolution of 1920 x 1200, FIPS 140-2 with level 1 security standards and virtual media transmissions at twice the speed. Built for reliability, the KN series provides local console and remote over IP access, ensuring 24/7 availability to all servers.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

In this article we will discuss some EI Capitan Mail app issues and provide some manual process to resolve them.
In this article we have discussed about the OS X EI Capitan and how to fix Wi-Fi issue in OS X El Capitan. We have explained how to delete system level preferences and create a new Wi-Fi location to resolve Wi-Fi issue.
In this video we outline the Physical Segments view of NetCrunch network monitor. By following this brief how-to video, you will be able to learn how NetCrunch visualizes your network, how granular is the information collected, as well as where to f…
This tutorial will teach you the special effect of super speed similar to the fictional character Wally West aka "The Flash" After Shake : All lightning effects with instructions : http://www.mediaf…

627 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question