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Geary Email Client 0.11 Released-How to install on Linux

Geary email client

Geary email is a free open source (licensed under LGPL v2.1) email client built for the GNOME 3 desktop environment. Geary is lightweight as it doesn’t have a RSS reader or calendar like Thunderbird have. It doesn’t support POP3 so you will be forced to use IMAP protocol to read your emails. Geary email aims to be a simple and modern email client.

Geary email 0.11.0 is released on 15 May, 2016. This release brings many bug fixes and improvements:

  • Add archive special folder support
  • Add is:read, is:unread: is:starred search operators
  • Fix using multiple search operators – to:, from:, etc.
  • Work around crashes caused by WebKitGTK+ 2.4.10
  • Fix a crash when searching
  • Fix images not being displayed in some HTML messages
  • Fix empty main window when opened from notification
  • Fix UI freezing when network connections are lost
  • Work better with Cyrus & other servers when network unreliable
  • Enable use of custom FTS3 tokeniser in SQLite 3.12 and later
  • Fix inconsistent Composer ‘Detach’ button placement
  • Documentation improvements
  • Update deb module dependencies
  • Updated UI translations
  • Updated doc translations

How to Install Geary Email Client 0.11.0 on Linux

You can get Geary from your distributions repository using the following commands, but it’s not likely to be the newest version.

Debian/Ubuntu/Linux Mint:  sudo apt-get install geary

Fedora: sudo dnf install geary

Arch Linux: sudo pacman -S geary

To install Geary 0.11.0 on Ubuntu and Fedora, follow these instructions.

First, download the tarball from You can also open up a terminal window and copy the following command to download.


Then extract the tarball.

tar xvf geary-0.11.0.tar.xz

Install build dependencies for Geary in Ubuntu 16.04. intltool is used to generate .desktop file.

sudo apt-get install valac libgirepository1.0-dev intltool cmake desktop-file-utils gnome-doc-utils libcanberra-dev libgee-0.8-dev libglib2.0-dev libgmime-2.6-dev libgtk-3-dev libsecret-1-dev libxml2-dev libnotify-dev libsqlite3-dev libunique-3.0-dev libwebkitgtk-3.0-dev libmessaging-menu-dev libunity-dev libgcr-3-dev

Install build dependencies for Geary in any version of Fedora by running this command:

sudo yum install gobject-introspection-devel intltool cmake desktop-file-utils gnome-doc-utils libcanberra-devel libgee-devel glib2-devel gmime-devel gtk3-devel libnotify-devel sqlite-devel unique3-devel webkitgtk3-devel libsecret-devel libxml2-devel vala-tools gcr-devel

Cd into the directory and build Geary.

cd geary-0.11.0/

Now run the following command to install it.

sudo make install

To uninstall, run

sudo make uninstall

Geary will be installed under /usr/local/bin. You can run this command to launch geary.

Geary email client

You can set up Gmail, Yahoo! mail and account in Geary. If you have your own email server, you can also set it up with Geary. Note that Geary doesn’t support POP3 so you will be forced to use IMAP protocol to read your emails.

geary set up email account

You email password is stored securely in the Gnome keyring. I have to admit that this setup process is very easy and straightforward.

geary email client for gnome

To add multiple email accounts in Geary, go to Geary > Accounts.

geary add new account

Update: A new PPA for Geary is available for Ubuntu 16.04/15.10/14.04 and it contains the newest version of Geary.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:geary-team/release

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install geary

Update: Geary 0.11 is now in Arch Linux repository.

I hope this article helped you install Geary email client on Linux. Comments, questions and suggestions are always welcome. If you find this post useful, please subscribe to our free newsletter or follow us on Google+, Twitter or like our Facebook page.

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  • TicoSonny

    Version 11 is absolutely fantastic. Massive props to the developer. He built on an awesome Yorba foundation but really took it to the next level with version 11.