I'd like to have a Gmail notification service in my Epiphany indicator applet, without leaving Evolution open in the background all the time. Right now I only get notifications if Evolution is open. Strangely, this is not the case with Google calendars in Evolution -- evolution can be closed yet I still get applet notifications through the clock/calendar applet.

  • For each of the answers, can people also list whether that answer also supports google apps accounts, and whether it supports multiple accounts? Aug 6, 2010 at 17:57

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Gmail Notifier is probably the best option for what you are trying to accomplish.

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    Search "Ubuntu Software Center" for gm-notify to install. Jul 28, 2010 at 20:07

I use CloudSN (Cloud Services Notification). It supports gmail, google reader, pop3, imap, twitter, identi.ca

http://chuchiperriman.github.com/cloud-services-notifications/ (PPA available)

The best part is that it supports multiple accounts.

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  • This is interesting, something new I'd better not mess with, but ... oh, man, supports google reader / identica too? dammit.
    – emf
    Sep 25, 2010 at 0:22

I've had good luck with CheckGmail. Has a nice GUI, cool toaster popups, and allows you take actions on emails from the tray.

sudo apt-get install checkgmail; checkgmail &
  • CheckGmail is the only one of these that: 1. Displays the full text of the email. 2. Allows archiving/deleting/marking as read from the popup.
    – emf
    Oct 1, 2010 at 7:20

Check out GMailWatcher. It is still in early development stage, but works quite well. I am using it for over a month now. Recommended.

Introductory Blogpost: owaislone.org/blog/2010/jul/gmail-watcher
Launchpad URL: https://launchpad.net/gmailwatcher


$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:loneowais/ppa 
$ sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install gmailwatcher

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