eMclient with Linux

After years of using only Linux, I installed Windows and I was looking for a mail client with native CardDAV support. I was really impressed of the eMclient and its smooth workflow/interface (I just missed PGP support).
So I hope you will release a native Linux version one day (maybe using Qt instead of .NET/mono ;D )

Good work!


Hello. Any plans to native Linux version of eM Client for Linux? Noone of my friends and colleagues uses Windows (include me) but must lease PC with it (or uses double booting) to use the program. We want leave Windows completely, but cannot do it yet. Can we have a hope to see eM Client for Linux?
P.S. Sorry for my English…

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Hi Paul!

Please think about it. I have upgraded recently to 8 but my Windows10 really sucks. I have installed Ubuntu on another laptop and I really like it. It reminds me when I started dealing with PCs back in the early 90s when Windows was nothing else but 3.1 and ran on DOS. I am tired of Windows, slow machines with heavy software on it. I am looking forward to the day you guys will release the Unix version.



You could do like TeamViewer and release it as a package with its own configured wine support included

hi there

i left ms windows 10 cause of bsod so frequently and i don’t plain again to retry another cup of cofee fo the os.

so i jump the unix door and ring the bell with ubuntu. i’d like to know if it’s a possibility to port emclient on deb paquet. some other done it, and i switch to them.

but emclient worked so good for me that i would like to know if theere really no chance to see emclient ported on linux through packets ?



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You can maybe try to run it on “Wine” which is a windows emulator not sure how well it will do but you can try.

I never had much success with Wine because of the .NET dependency that eM Client has. It could be that I just did not setup .NET properly in Wine, then it just seemed to be such an endeavour to get it fixed. I did get it installed using CrossOver but occasionally got GTK warnings, and of course the application was not fully integrated in my GNOME desktop.

Linux Desktops have come a long way, and installing applications should be simple, which they are in most cases. You don’t really want to have to organize an install party just to get a single Windows application installed, and then after the next kernel update, find the whole thing is broken.

But if anyone has had recent success with Wine, or any other compatibility layer, I would be all ears and eyes. :eyes:

BTW Shaun, Wine is not an emulator. It is even in the acronym - Wine Is Not an Emulator. :sweat_smile:

For what its worth, I have been trying emClient (most recently v8.2) on WINE for a while. I’ve had various degrees of success with previous versions of both WINE and emClient in the past but none more so than now. I get the impression we’re close, but still no cigar. Everything works fine (for me, at least) until the “Demo” period expires and I’m required to enter a License Activation Key. I’ve tried both graphically (it seems to be entering a non-existent space after the License key is entered - which causes activation failure) and with CLI (using the “/activate” argument) with no success. I also tried importing the settings.xml file (which contains the LastActivationKey entry line) with no success. This effectively stops me from using/testing the program further.

It seems I can change every OTHER setting, though. Adding accounts, Sending/Receiving (in Demo Mode), Theming, etc…

But… Maybe soon.

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There may be some security libraries missing from your WINE setup.

Also, one thing to note is that eM Client will not activate on Windows XP.

What version of Windows do you have winecfg set to?

Yeah - I was wondering the same thing… I’ve got some playing around to do… Anything you’ve already tried? Or documented elsewhere I can look at?

Good tip about XP… Thanks. I’ve tried Win7 and Win10 compatibility layers.

You happen to know whether the emClient specifically likes the architecture to be 32 or 64?

Side note: I also have a problem adding a Gmail account, but after looking around, I see I’m not the only one.

@Gary, I was just re-reading your last post and I missed the part where you said “security libraries”… I initially read it quick to say “system libraries”… What “security” libraries are you referring to? I’ve been playing around with adding various libraries (like the various dotnet libraries, etc.) and even tried adding some DLLs manually/directly copied over from windoze (which isn’t as straightforward as it sounds), with no luck.

Ultimately, I only have so much time to fool around with this, but maybe I’m missing something “security” related?



I don’t get why it would be so hard to release a Linux version when you have a Mac OS version. I don’t think you would even have to support every flavor. Just pick one major distro like Debian, Fedora or CentOS.


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Also, it appears this is the highest viewed thread in the forum. 4 thousand views where most seem to average about one hundred.

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Yes eM Client could just pick a major flavour of Linux, but Linux (on the desktop) as of 2021 stats according to many websites is still only 1.93% of the global market, so the cost to create a mail client for very little global users may not be something the company wants to do. Not viable.

But they could reuse the code from Mac client. They would mostly just need to address some paths that would be different.
Desktop Linux has come so far. I am writing this response from my POP_OS laptop.


They absolutely could. Terminal usage for Linux and Mac is already very similar, and a lot of the same builds work for both. Mozilla it with Thunderbird. BTW, I use dedicated Pop_OS on my main laptop too. The first thing I do when I get a new laptop is grab a thumb drive lol. You’re right about desktop Linux too. The Linux desktop experience runs laps around Windows. They know it too, that’s why they copied Deepin OS for Windows 11. Look at the similarities when you get a chance. Windows 11 looks like a modified version of Deepin. I’ll post links but not sure how eMclient’s policy is with links so they might kill em. If they do, just google the two, ie Windows 11 then Deepin OS, and click images…

Windows 11:
We got an early look at Windows 11 - Leicestershire IT Support | Managed IT Services | Provident IT (providentitsolutions.co.uk)

Deepin OS:
Deepin 20.2 Review – #Distrocrunch

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I didn’t have any luck with Wine on Linux Mint. However, Crossover, after a long time adding .Net stuff, worked very well UNTIL: I wanted to open eMClient settings. Going to the menu and just clicking “Settings” gave an immediate crash. Every time without fail. Other menu items worked as expected. I tried reinstalling but no improvement. Unfortunately neither Code Weavers nor EMC support could help.

I am hoping for eM Client for Linux, too. I replied to another thread about it not knowing about this thread…

With the views on that thread and this one, eM Client is missing a lot of license sales as there is a demand for it on Linux. I know I would need a lifetime license for 4-5 computers.

They could make a Flatpak or Snap for eM Client. I would be happy with a 64-bit .DEB of eM Client, but Flatpak or Snap would be OK as well.

For those of us needing an alternative until eM Client for Linux becomes a reality…

Both Mailspring and BlueMail have SNAP installs for Linux along with Windows and Mac versions. BlueMail is also available for Android. I like Mailspring more than BlueMail, but I would love eM Client a whole lot more for Linux.

Come on eM Client. Get a Linux version out soon before it is too late.

DotNet is available on Linux now. Formerly know as DotNet Core, with version 6 is it now simply DotNet, since the former Core package is now the primary package. So, the fact that eM Client is implemented with DotNet should no longer prevent a Linux version.