Gmail-indicator is a small and efficient background utility for GNOME or Ubuntu Linux which highlights a panel icon with a count of unread emails in your Gmail inbox. Notification messages for new emails are also output. Gmail-indicator integrates into the Ubuntu panel messaging menu in Unity or GNOME-classic, etc. On GNOME 3, gmail-indicator drives an icon in the panel.
New mail notifications are pushed immediately from the gmail server using IMAP idle.
Make sure IMAP access is enabled in the settings on your gmail account. Then do:
sudo apt-get install python-pip git gir1.2-appindicator3-0.1 sudo pip install imapclient git clone http://github.com/bulletmark/gmail-indicator cd gmail-indicator make install # Do this as your normal user, NOT as sudo/root.
Edit your gmail username & password in
change the command option there to something that works on your system
if you want an audible sound on new emails. Test that command manually
first. Disable, i.e. comment out, the command option if you don't want
new email sound. You can also use the folder command to check another
label/folder, e.g, [Gmail]/Important, rather than the default INBOX.
IMPORTANT: Test the program. Check for reported errors, missing packages, etc:
~/bin/gmail-indicator -di # to test (<ctrl-c> to stop application)
Search for, and then start, the gmail-indicator app in Ubuntu or GNOME It will start automatically at log in and run in the background checking for new mail. On Ubuntu, you can also start gmail-indicator from the Ubuntu messaging menu.
cd gmail-indicator # Source dir, as above make uninstall # Do this as your normal user, NOT as sudo/root.
Log out and back in to your Ubuntu or GNOME shell session to complete removal.
cd gmail-indicator # Source dir, as above git pull make install # Do this as your normal user, NOT as sudo/root.
Log out and back in to your Ubuntu or GNOME shell session to complete installation.
Copyright (C) 2013 Mark Blakeney. This program is distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License. This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or any later version. This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License at http://www.gnu.org/licenses/ for more details.