Geary 0.1 released

After a year of hard work, we’re thrilled to announce the release of Geary 0.1, a lightweight email reader for the GNOME desktop.

Geary 0.1 includes the following features:

  • Basic support for viewing and composing HTML email
  • Send and receive email
  • Reply to all and forward email
  • Optional spell checker
  • Keyboard shortcuts
  • Organizes emails into conversations

Geary supports Gmail and Yahoo! Mail. If you’d like to download Geary, you may download the tarball. Build instructions are available on our wiki. For Ubuntu users, Geary will be available on the Yorba PPA shortly.

If you’d like to stay up to date with the latest in Geary, join Geary’s mailing list.

Major props to the Geary team for all their hard work getting this release out the door. Give Geary a try. We’re still in the early days of Geary’s development, and there are lots more features to add, but we’d love your input, opinions and help slaying bugs!

70 thoughts on “Geary 0.1 released”

  1. I just took it for a test drive, and I’m truly impressed. Once it gets nested label support, I’ll probably be using it as my main email client.

    Any plans for a plugin architecture?

    Looking forward to seeing where ya’ll go with this!

  2. Well done guys !
    A few more functionalities and it will be the best email app out there !

  3. Great work! I’ll give a try soon.
    Just feel free to change the name: too close to my favorite text editor Geany :-/

  4. Is there any place where I can file bugs? I’ve not found anything at the moment, but it would be useful.

    1. The email account info is stored in ~/.local/share/geary/{yourEmailAddress}

      You can reset Geary by deleting all of the files and folders inside of ~/.local/share/geary

      Other preferences stored in GSettings. You should not need to edit these manually, but the dconf editor can change these settings on most systems.

      Does that help?

      1. Yes, it helped. Thank you 🙂
        I was enable to add my Yahoo! and Gmail accounts but no luck with my self hosted mail server. I’ll file a bug for that 😉

        1. Same with me. Yahoo! mail worked instantly, but Bluehost mail didn’t work with server (IMAP port 993, SMTP port 465). I also think the name is too close to Geany, my favourite text editor.


  5. Very very beautiful email client! 2 things that are needed:

    1) it is not possibile to see if a mail has an attachments (and so cannot download it)

    2) possibility to choose if the user want to save the password (like thunderbird)

    Thanks a lot and keep up the good work 😀

  6. Looks nice, but where can I find my Starred Items? I tend to clean-up my entire inbox and star items that need work or a response later.

    1. If you’re using GMail, there should be a “Starred” folder in the sidebar which contains all starerd email.

      At this moment, this doesn’t work in Yahoo and other services.

  7. The main screen is a clone of Apple Mail, imho it’s not the best. Insn’t there any other UX design but osx-like?

    1. You mean Outlook-esque, not OSX-esque, right? Anyway, I don’t have anything against the UI, but how is this different than anything else atm?

    2. If you didn’t know about OSX Mail, I bet you would say “OMG! BEST APP EVER!”. Yep, you’re right, it DOES look like Apple Mail but just because it IS neat, simple and clean. You can use any other client if you’re not satisfied with this one. Geary is obviously based on simplicity and easiness and not on Apple, sooo…. Yeah… I’m no fan of OSX either but some of their apps and ways for doing stuff ARE GOOD if not THE BEST and you must admit it. Again, some people like different stuff but just because Geary is Geary it doesn’t mean it’s a clone of (‘{ Mail but it means that Apple Mail is cleaner than the most of other clients.

  8. Does it support NTLM authentication? If no (I’ve already grep code for NTLM ;)), do you have a plans to implement it ?

  9. Great!! Geary is the email client i was waiting for. Could you add the possibility to label the mail? And the sent mail?
    Thankyou very much, you have a new supporter.

  10. Pretty good- considering the alternatives I’m sure this will become my default email client when I’m not feeling like a web browser. Thanks for the hard work, I’m definitely keeping an eye on Yorba’s projects now.

  11. I am developer, and want to be involved on this project. How is it possible? do you have git repo on github?

  12. Finally! An email client that looks good. html-mail, signatures & PGP and this is my new mail client!

  13. [Feature request]
    Can we write some notes on the mail? it’s quite helpful for business usage.


  14. This is amazing and so needed. Please keep developing.

    – Quick/in-line reply/reply-all. How Gmail and Thunderbird Conversations does it.
    – Sync or querying Gmail contacts. I don’t want another local silo for contacts.

  15. This is really awesome, I know it’s early, but I already see this as my future default client.
    Oh, and pleeeease could you add unity integration, that would simply make this the best.
    I’d love to help the project, in spite of the fact that I like elementary, I prefer global menu over gears, so if anyone could point me in the direction how to add support for it in vala, it’d be appreciated.

  16. Looks so promising, what a pity it requires gnome (gnome-seesion) and a whole lot of gnome libraries, I am on openbox (and openbox only) and can’t afford to install 200MB+ libraries for an email client, will have to bear thunderbird 🙁

  17. I am totally happy. I waited so long for a well looking organized Email Client (don’t really like Evolution and Thunderbird). So this it. Thanks a lot. Only question, is it me that I don’t find this possibility or is it just not implemented at the moment: I don’t see a possibility to configure more than on Email Account. Would appretitate a small hint in case I am overseeing something.

    (If you need german translation, I would do the thing)

    1. Glad you’re enjoying Geary. Geary 0.1 only supports one email account at a time. We’re planning on changing that in the future!

  18. Great app! But one thing is extremely important to implement: import/export function (e-mail and account settings) from/to Thunderbird, Evoultion… Best wishes from Poland and thank you for your great work!

  19. Hey, I’m already in love with geary. I’ve a suggestion to publish the daily builds for Ubuntu+1, currently quantal. Users who like to stay on the bleeding edge and test alpha software usually upgrade to Ubuntu+1 early in the cycle. I think the yorba daily PPA can get tons of these early adopters if the packages are published for +1.


    1. Glad to hear you’re enjoying Geary thus far!

      We set up a daily build for Quantal but unfortunately it doesn’t build at the moment due to a Vala version issue. As soon as that’s sorted out, it should start building automatically.

  20. love this one, very clean & simple email client.
    hope next release many feature will improved,,
    thank you for supporting linux.

  21. Love the client, clean and simple. A long awaited solution for Linux.

    Needs multi account support 🙂


  22. Great, notify me when you will have multi account support. Otherwise, it’s great. Minimalistic and fast, just what I’m looking for. Thunderbird became really slow and I’m looking for alternative….

  23. Can you please help me.
    I am tryng to install Geary in debian 6 (squezee) and I cannot because of some dependencies:

    edu@gimli:~/Downloads/Software/geary/geary$ ./configure
    cmake version 2.8.2
    — The C compiler identification is GNU
    — Check for working C compiler: /usr/bin/gcc
    — Check for working C compiler: /usr/bin/gcc — works
    — Detecting C compiler ABI info
    — Detecting C compiler ABI info – done
    — Icon cache will be updated
    — Desktop database will be updated
    — xgettext found
    — Found Vala: /usr/bin/valac
    — checking for a minimum Vala version of 0.17.4
    CMake Error at cmake/ValaVersion.cmake:88 (message):
    Vala version 0.17.4 or greater is required.
    Call Stack (most recent call first):
    src/CMakeLists.txt:260 (ensure_vala_version)

    — Configuring incomplete, errors occurred!
    Unable to prepare build directory.

    can some one help me?

    1. I alreday tried the alternatives

      edu@gimli:~/Downloads/Software/geary/geary$ sudo update-alternatives –config valac
      update-alternatives: error: no alternatives for valac.

      1. You can just grab Vala from here and build it from source. The dependencies are very minimal so it shouldn’t be a problem to build.

        1. I compiled and installed vala from sources
          But I still have a error form geary ./configure:

          edu@gimli:~/Downloads/Software/Linux/geary/geary$ ./configure
          cmake version 2.8.2
          — The C compiler identification is GNU
          — Check for working C compiler: /usr/bin/gcc
          — Check for working C compiler: /usr/bin/gcc — works
          — Detecting C compiler ABI info
          — Detecting C compiler ABI info – done
          — Icon cache will be updated
          — Desktop database will be updated
          — xgettext found
          — Found Vala: /usr/local/bin/valac
          — checking for a minimum Vala version of 0.17.4
          — found Vala, version 0.17.4
          — Unity messaging menu support: OFF
          — Unity launcher support: OFF
          CMake Error at /usr/share/cmake-2.8/Modules/FindPkgConfig.cmake:266 (message):
          A required package was not found
          Call Stack (most recent call first):
          /usr/share/cmake-2.8/Modules/FindPkgConfig.cmake:320 (_pkg_check_modules_internal)
          src/CMakeLists.txt:309 (pkg_check_modules)

          — GSettings schemas will be compiled.
          — GSettings schemas will be compiled in-place.
          — GSettings schemas will be installed into /usr/share/glib-2.0/schemas/
          — Configuring incomplete, errors occurred!
          Unable to prepare build directory.

  24. Function request – task managemnt

    After reading an email, you might think “O, I gotta visit him tomorrow” and could we create such kind of task to remind us, this could make business or personal life more efficient.

    There is a good example here called TaskForce which works online, guys you can take a check what he can do.

    Task Management, this could be one of the best features of Geary.

  25. cheers !
    This tool is exactly what I was looking for…
    all the benefits of Gmail on my desktop

    Imho, there really is only one important feature missing…
    multiple accounts…

    keep up the good work !

  26. Fabulously clean and nice looking _ But…

    I wish this project would “back port” to older versions – I’ve only found one distribution that worked with it. Also, Verizon does not support IMAP ? So – my question is also _ If and when – will the program support POP incoming / outgoing settings ?

  27. How do I change the “from” address in compose? I fwd my email to gmail so when I send email I would like to use a custom email address name instead of Is there a way I can set a flag in geary.ini to say something like ?

    1. That isn’t yet offered. See ticket #5964 for progress on this feature.

      Also note that Geary 0.1 is quite old — if you haven’t yet upgraded, please try Geary 0.3!

  28. Great visual interface. Loving it. One look and it replaced my previous email client.

    I don’t know if this is the place to make requests, but I would like to be able to add a signature and search the inbox.

    Thanks for the fantastic work!

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