Stable release
2.6.4[1] / 20 September 2022; 17 months ago (20 September 2022)
Written inC
Operating systemLinux
TypeEmail client

Balsa is a lightweight email client written in C for the GNOME desktop environment.

Balsa has a graphical front end, support for MIME attachments coming and going, directly supports POP3 and IMAP protocols. It has a spell checker and direct support for PGP and GPG for encryption. It has some basic filtering capabilities, and natively supports several email storage protocols.[2] It also has some internationalization support, including Japanese fonts.

It builds on top of these other open source packages: GNOME, libtool, libESMTP, aspell, and gmime. It also can optionally use libgtkhtml for HTML rendering, libkrb5 for GSS-API, and openldap for LDAP functionality. It can optionally be configured to use gpg-error and gpgme libraries.

Balsa is packaged for a wide range of Linux distributions, including Arch Linux, Debian, Fedora, openSUSE, Slackware and Ubuntu, as well as for FreeBSD.[3]

See also


  1. ^ "2.6.4 · Tags · GNOME / balsa".
  2. ^ Jack Wallen (2000-10-02). "Balsa: An e-mail client for the rest of us". TechRepublic. This particular e-mail client does indeed have the familiar feel of one of the greatest e-mail clients available (Eudora) and is simple to install, use, and manage.
  3. ^ "Search Results for balsa".