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Command-line email client mutt has a well-deserved reputation as a powerhouse of an email client. It’s fast, flexible and, best of all, surprisingly easy to use.  In this guide we give you Step-By-Step instructions for setting up Mutt email client on Ubuntu using Gmail.

1. sudo apt-get install mutt

2. mkdir -p ~/.mutt/cache/headers mkdir ~/.mutt/cache/bodies touch ~/.mutt/certificates

3. Copy and paste configuration below into a new file, save it in your home directory, and rename it to .muttrc

# A basic .muttrc for use with Gmail

# Change the following six lines to match your Gmail account details

set imap_user = “YOUR.EMAIL@gmail.com”

set imap_pass = “PASSWORD”

set smtp_url = “smtp://YOUR.EMAIL@smtp.gmail.com:587/”

set smtp_pass = “PASSWORD”

set from = “YOUR.EMAIL@gmail.com”

set realname = “YOUR NAME”

# Change the following line to a different editor you prefer.

set editor = “nano”

# Basic config, you can leave this as is

set folder = “imaps://imap.gmail.com:993”

set spoolfile = “+INBOX”

set imap_check_subscribed

set hostname = gmail.com

set mail_check = 120

set timeout = 300

set imap_keepalive = 300

set postponed = “+[GMail]/Drafts”

set record = “+[GMail]/Sent Mail”

set header_cache=~/.mutt/cache/headers

set message_cachedir=~/.mutt/cache/bodies

set certificate_file=~/.mutt/certificates

set move = no

set include

set sort = ‘threads’

set sort_aux = ‘reverse-last-date-received’

set auto_tag = yes

ignore “Authentication-Results:”

ignore “DomainKey-Signature:”

ignore “DKIM-Signature:”

hdr_order Date From To Cc

alternative_order text/plain text/html *

auto_view text/html

bind editor <Tab> complete-query

bind editor ^T complete

bind editor <space> noop

# Gmail-style keyboard shortcuts

macro index,pager y “<enter-command>unset trashn <delete-message>” “Gmail archive message”

macro index,pager d “<enter-command>set trash=”imaps://imap.googlemail.com/[GMail]/Bin”n <delete-message>” “Gmail delete message”

macro index,pager gi “<change-folder>=INBOX<enter>” “Go to inbox”

macro index,pager ga “<change-folder>=[Gmail]/All Mail<enter>” “Go to all mail”

macro index,pager gs “<change-folder>=[Gmail]/Starred<enter>” “Go to starred messages”

macro index,pager gd “<change-folder>=[Gmail]/Drafts<enter>” “Go to drafts”

4. Open up the ~/.muttrc file in your favorite text editor, add your name, Gmail address and password—everything you’ll need to alter is in ALL CAPS—and save the file.

5. Run it from the command line by simply typing mutt. The first time you do this, you’ll be prompted to accept two SSL certificates from Google; press ‘a’ to always accept these certificates. You should now be greeted by your Gmail inbox

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