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asked 2012-06-06 00:56:35 +0000

Can anyone tell about good email notification tools working on i3wm?

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answered 2012-06-06 06:55:41 +0000

xeen gravatar image

If you use Thunderbird and “set urgent flag” is enough mail notification for you, you can use the “New Mail Attention” add-on. It does have a few options, but it basically just works.

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answered 2012-06-06 01:01:35 +0000

updated 2013-07-25 05:05:46 +0000

I started this discussion on the mailing list some time ago (here), and here is a brief:

a) If you are using an email client: thunderbird or claws-mail will do the trick for you (with tray icon properly displayed as well)

b) If you are only using browser email client, such as Gmail, check out checkgmail.

Update 2013-07-25:

for option (b), checkgmail is basically crashing (project looks dead), so I am dropping it in favor of manually handling this on the i3status directly. You can use conky or add to the i3bar using pipe. I created a script, based on conky solutions for Gmail, it is available here: gmail-count (comments, suggestions, welcome).

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How do I configure Thunderbird to highlight the workspace/tab like pidgin does with the URGENT flag?

Aaron gravatar imageAaron ( 2012-06-06 05:58:40 +0000 )edit

Option a) does not work here. I am using Thunderbird 15.0.1 on Ubuntu 12.04 and do not see any tray icon on i3bar. Is there any option or add-on I need to install?

mio75 gravatar imagemio75 ( 2012-10-08 14:26:00 +0000 )edit

Yes. Thunderbird does not come with tray icon by default. You need to install a plugin such as firetray:

bruno.braga gravatar imagebruno.braga ( 2012-11-01 07:44:24 +0000 )edit

I'm using trysterobiff ( and quite happy with that so far

Alexander Fortin gravatar imageAlexander Fortin ( 2013-07-16 10:30:16 +0000 )edit

Just released a script I've been using for Gmail, hope it helps:

bruno.braga gravatar imagebruno.braga ( 2013-07-25 05:07:11 +0000 )edit

answered 2012-06-06 08:26:24 +0000

miguel gravatar image

updated 2012-06-06 09:38:33 +0000

If you use mutt with the set beep_new setting, it is possible to activate the urgency hint in xterm or urxvt by adding the following lines to the ~/.Xresources configuration file:

XTerm*bellIsUrgent: true
URxvt*urgentOnBell: true

Then the color of the window decoration will change according to the client.urgent colorclass and the workspace button color defined by urgent_workspace (see changing colors and workspace colors in the userguide), when the window is out of focus. This would also work when the beep from the PC speaker is disabled.

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answered 2013-07-30 00:56:36 +0000

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updated 2013-07-30 00:56:54 +0000

I don't want to spam this everywhere or make it seem like an universal answer... but i3pystatus can display how many new mails you got ;) Works with IMAP + Thunderbird.

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