Default mail application

To set Gmail as the default mail application, go to "System -> Preferences -> Preferred applications" and set the mail reader to one of the following:

The easy way

Install gnome-gmail from and Gmail will appear as a mail reader in the list.

Setting by hand

Set the following command as a custom mail reader:

bash -c 'sensible-browser "`echo %s | sed 's/mailto://'`"'

If the above doesn't work for you, as hasn't for some on 10.10, put the following in a script somewhere in your /home/username folder:

chromium-browser "`echo $1 | sed 's/mailto://'`"

then set the script's permissions to executable:

sudo chmod +x

then point preferred apps to the script.

This can also be done if you have Google Apps, with the following command (remember to replace

bash -c 'sensible-browser "`echo %s | sed 's/mailto://'`"'

Mail notifications

To get notifications about new messages (and also a Launcher icon with unread messages count), install Unity Mail application:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mitya57/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install unity-mail

See also this OMG! Ubuntu! post for details.

Gmail (last edited 2011-12-19 07:39:01 by mitya57)