How to configure mutt with your Google Apps account (using IMAP)


Mutt is a small but very powerful text-based mail client for Unix operating systems. For information about how to install it (BSD/Linux/Cygwin) check

After finishing with the client installation you will have to create a .muttrc in your home directory and then just copy and paste the following sample (as simple as possible) configuration:

account-hook imap://gmail/ “set

set imap_user = “username@domain”
set imap_pass = “password”

set smtp_url = “smtp://”

set smtp_pass = “password”
set from = “username@domain”
set realname = “yourfullnamegoeshere”

set folder = “imaps://″
set spoolfile = “+INBOX”
set postponed=”+[Gmail]/Drafts”

set header_cache=~/.mutt/cache/headers
set message_cachedir=~/.mutt/cache/bodies
set certificate_file=~/.mutt/certificates

set move = no
set timeout=15
auto_view text/html

Your outgoing email will be saved in your [Gmail]/Sent folder automatically so there is no need to add the set copy parameter.

That’s all. You can now run mutt and access your google apps account.

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