Introduction to Balsa

The Balsa package contains a GNOME-2 based mail client.



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Package Information

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Balsa Dependencies


Aspell-0.60.8, enchant-2.5.0, GMime-3.2.7, GPGME-1.22.0, GTK+-3.24.38, and libnotify-0.8.2

Required (Runtime)

MTA (that provides a sendmail command)


Compface-1.5.2, Gcr-3.41.1, gtksourceview-3.24.11, libcanberra-0.30, libsecret-0.21.0, MIT Kerberos V5-1.21.2, OpenLDAP-2.6.6, Procmail-3.22, SQLite-3.43.1, WebKitGTK-2.42.0, html2text, osmo, rubrica, yelp-tools

Installation of Balsa

First, fix build issues when configuring without WebKitGTK+, or when using WebKitGTK+-2.38 or later.

patch -Np1 -i ../balsa-2.6.4-upstream_fixes-2.patch

Install Balsa by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr            \
            --sysconfdir=/etc        \
            --localstatedir=/var/lib \
            --without-html-widget    &&

This package does not come with a test suite.

Now, as the root user:

make install

Command Explanations

--without-html-widget: This option disables building the HTML renderer. If you want the HTML renderer to be built, verify that you have WebKitGTK-2.42.0 installed, and then remove this option.

--with-canberra: Enable libcanberra support.

--with-compface: Enable compface support.

--with-gcr: Use libgcr for TLS support.

--with-gss: Enable GSSAPI support.

--with-ldap: Use this option to enable LDAP address book support if OpenLDAP is installed.

--with-libsecret: Enable strong password support and support for gnome-keyring to store passwords.

--with-sqlite: Use this option to enable SQLite address book support if SQLite is installed.


Installed Programs: balsa and balsa-ab
Installed Libraries: None
Installed Directories: /etc/sounds/events, /usr/share/balsa, and /usr/share/sounds/balsa

Short Descriptions


is a glib based mail client


is the address-book application used by balsa