Mail Notification monitors your mailboxes for new mail.

When new mail arrives, Mail Notification alerts you by displaying an icon in the system tray. Moreover, a mail summary can be displayed in the icon tooltip, and notifications containing useful action buttons can be popped up.

Mailbox Support

Mail Notification can monitor multiple mailboxes concurrently, and supports mbox, MH, Maildir, POP3, IMAP, Gmail, Evolution, Mozilla products (Mozilla, SeaMonkey, Thunderbird, …) and Sylpheed mailboxes.


Since Mail Notification uses the GnomeVFS library, it supports local, remote and virtual mailboxes. Moreover, it automatically detects the type of a file or folder (mbox, MH, Maildir, Mozilla or Sylpheed).

POP3 and IMAP features

Mail Notification supports advanced POP3 and IMAP features such as SSL/TLS connections (in-band or on separate port), SASL and APOP authentication, and the IMAP IDLE extension.

Immediate Notification

When a mailbox supports it, Mail Notification updates the status icon and mail summary immediately (or within seconds) after the mailbox changes.

Immediate notification is supported for mbox, MH, Maildir, IMAP, Evolution, Mozilla and Sylpheed mailboxes.

Attention to Detail

Mail Notification pays attention to detail.

The source code is clean, secure, portable and adheres to standards (such as POP3 and IMAP).

The interface is simple, functional, respects the GNOME Human Interface Guidelines and integrates well into the GNOME Desktop Environment (though Mail Notification can also be used with KDE, Xfce and other environments).


Mail Notification is free software, released under the terms of the GNU General Public License.


The Mail Notification project appreciates your support. You can help us by clicking on the donate button. Payments will be made through PayPal, guaranteeing a secure transaction.

We would like to thank the following individuals/organisations for their financial contributions:


Changes since 3.0:

source tarball Mail Notification 4.0
released January 17, 2007

The file is signed with Jean-Yves Lefort's PGP public key.

Bug Tracker

Security Advisories

The following security advisories have been issued by the Mail Notification project. They are signed with Jean-Yves Lefort's PGP public key.

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