Stop using Thunderbird and start using Mailspring

Booglejr | 01/14/2022
Stop using Thunderbird and start using Mailspring

Thunderbird is a really old application. And ever since mozilla stopped officially sponsoring development, the project has gotten a bit worse for its wear. Sure in 2008 when everything open source looked like it was made with the Redmond theme, it was fine. People expect more now. Too many open-source applications actually look pretty and are pleasurable to use. Email clients until recently were not among this list.

Enter Mailspring

Mailspring is a contender that's been around for a long time (sort of). It's forked from the Nylas Mail and the client itself after the fork was always open source. But don't let that fool you, see Mailspring has some pretty cool features you can use based on Mailspring's Sync Engine. However, you need a Mailspring ID to use them. The problem here is that for some time, Mailspring's Sync Engine was closed source. Thankfully, this is not the case anymore. Not only do you no longer need a Mailspring ID if you don't want advanced features, but Mailspring's Sync Engine was finally open-sourced. A boon for those who wanted to use Mailspring ID's but also wanted to know how their data was being handled.


Here's a list of just some of the features I managed to put together for this wonderful email client.

  • Cross-platform
  • Looks absolutely beautiful and comes with many customizable themes.
  • Supports many different mail accounts out of the box and OAuth for services like Gmail
  • Supports more than one account at a time.
  • Snoozing and read receipts (Free Mailspring ID required) 

A Breath of Fresh Air

For most it seems abundantly apparent that you either check your email on your phone or online and that's something I simply do not support. I like having one email client on my computer so I get notifications for my multiple accounts. And I want that application to be cross-platform because I want to be able to use it on Linux and Windows. The list of email clients was already bleak. The list of open-source email client's was bleaker. The list of open-source cross-platform email clients that could actually be used as a daily driver consisted solely of Thunderbird. That is no longer the case. In my opinion it's time to to put the old war house out to the pasture. Mailspring is now in a position to overtake Thunderbird as the default bundled email client on most linux distros and that's something I'm really excited about!

Go Check it Out!

Seriously, you should consider giving this email client a shot. I mean it's free. And if you love it tell me! If you don't tell me! I want to hear what you guys think.

As always, until next time everyone! :D