How to install Claws Mail on a Chromebook

In this guide, we'll walk you through the process of installing Claws Mail on your Chromebook. Claws Mail is a lightweight, fast, and highly configurable email client that can enhance your email management experience on Chrome OS.

Why Use Claws Mail?

Claws Mail offers several advantages for Chromebook users:

  • Efficient handling of large email volumes
  • Customizable interface and features
  • Strong privacy and security measures
  • Offline email access


Before we begin, ensure that your Chromebook supports Linux apps (Crostini). If you're unsure, check our list of Chromebooks with Linux Apps support.

Step-by-Step Installation Guide

Follow these steps to install Claws Mail on your Chromebook:

1. Enable Linux Apps

If you haven't already enabled Linux apps on your Chromebook, do so by following these steps:

  1. Go to your Chromebook's Settings
  2. Click on "Advanced" in the left panel
  3. Select "Developers"
  4. Turn on "Linux development environment (Beta)"

2. Install Claws Mail

Once Linux apps are enabled, open the Linux terminal and run the following commands:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install claws-mail

These commands will update your package list and install Claws Mail on your Chromebook.

Video Tutorial

For a visual guide, please refer to our video tutorial:

Additional Resources

Troubleshooting Tips

If you encounter any issues during installation, try these steps:

  • Ensure your Chromebook's software is up to date
  • Restart your Chromebook and try the installation again
  • Check your internet connection


Installing Claws Mail on your Chromebook can significantly improve your email management experience. Its lightweight nature and robust features make it an excellent choice for Chrome OS users looking for a powerful email client.

If you have any questions about the installation process, feel free to ask in the comments section of our YouTube video. We're here to help!

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