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Read your e-mail via terminal

Posted by madhavkobal on 08/07/2010

Alpine is a free software e-mail client developed at the University of Washington.

Alpine 1.0 was publicly released on December 20, 2007.

Alpine is a rewrite of the Pine Message System that adds support for Unicode and other features. Alpine is meant to be suitable for both inexperienced email users and the most demanding of power users. Alpine is developed at the University of Washington, as was Pine before it. Alpine can be learned by exploration and the use of context-sensitive help. The user interface can be customized.

Features

Alpine shares a lot of common feature of console applications, like a rich set of shortcut keys, using keyboard instead of mouse to do all navigation and operation. In fact all operations in Alpine have corresponding shortcut keys.

Unlike other console applications targeting developers and experienced users, which often require users to edit a configuration file, Alpine allows the user to change most configuration options within the software. This makes alpine one of the most easy to learn console-based email clients.

Alpine supports IMAP, POP, SMTP and LDAP protocol natively. Although it does not support composing HTML email, it can display emails that only have HTML content as text.

After the installation, you can access alpine by typing “alpine” (without double code) inside your terminal.

Furthermore, here is the configuration of gmail client:

Lets say your e-mail is: username@gmail.com

Personal name=User1

User domain=gmail.com

SMTP server=smtp.gmail.com:587/tls/user=username@gmail.com

Inbox path={pop.gmail.com/pop3/ssl/novalidate-cert/user=username@gmail.com}INBOX

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