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Setting up mutt with gmail on Ubuntu

I was looking to set up the mutt email client on my Ubuntu box to go through my gmail account. Since it took me a couple of hours to figure out, and I’ll probably forget by the time I need to know again, I figure I’d post my steps here.

I’m on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS ( lsb_release -a )

Install mutt:

$ sudo apt-get install mutt 

In gmail, allow other apps to access gmail:

Allowing less secure apps to access your account Less Secure Apps

Create the folder

$ sudo touch $MAIL $ sudo chmod 660 $MAIL $ sudo chown `whoami`:mail $MAIL 

where $MAIL for me was /var/mail/nick .

Create the ~/.muttrc file

set realname = "<first and last name>" set from = "<gmail username>@gmail.com" set use_from = yes set envelope_from = yes  set smtp_url = "smtps://<gmail username>@gmail.com@smtp.gmail.com:465/" set smtp_pass = "<gmail password>" set imap_user = "<gmail username>@gmail.com" set imap_pass = "<gmail password>" set folder = "imaps://imap.gmail.com:993" set spoolfile = "+INBOX" set ssl_force_tls = yes  # G to get mail bind index G imap-fetch-mail set editor = "vim" unset record set move = no set charset = "utf-8" 

I’m sure there’s better/more config options. Feel free to go wild, this is by no means a comprehensive setup.

Run mutt:

$ mutt 

We should see it connect and download our messages. m to start sending new messages. G to fetch new messages.

Setting up mutt with gmail on Ubuntu

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