WMail is the light Gmail wrapper you didn't know you needed

August 26, 2016 0 Comments twitter, ubuntu, linux, gmail, google

I recently wrote about my migration from an OS X based Macbook to a Ubuntu based XPS 13 Developer Edition. I spend a fair amount of time in email, so one of the first Mac apps I looked to replace was Mailplane. Mailplane is basically a pretty simple Gmail wrapper. Of course, Gmail works just fine in the browser, but it's not overly convenient to have it lumped in with all your usual tabs and support for multiple accounts is a bit lacking.

After a little bit of searching around I came across WMail, a free, cross-platform, Open Source Gmail (and Inbox) wrapper. I've tried it... it works great! Features include...

  • Multiple account support with easy-access sidebar
  • Unread count on dock badge
  • Optional opening of links in the background
  • Customisable tray icon with unread count
  • Spell checker
  • OS integrated notifications with sound support
  • Customisable notifications by category / importance
  • Customisable download location
  • File drag and drop
  • Proxy server support

For me, Wmail does everything I need it to do, without being excessively heavy. The fact I can have the same experience on Linux, OS X and Windows is a bonus too, as is the price tag (who doesn't love free)?

If you want to check it out, head on over to this GitHub Repo to get started and let me know how you find it!

Paul O'Brien
Norfolk, UK