Balsa - an e-mail client for GNOME

Download current balsa release

balsa-2.6.1 - released on 2020-05-10

This is main release of balsa, recommended for use on all distributions supporting gmime3.

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balsa-2.5.11 - released on 2020-05-10

This is a bug fix release off balsa-2.5-gmime-2.6 branch. It requires gmime-2.6

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GIT source & build instructions

Balsa source is also available from the GNOME GIT repository. Check out balsa module. The GIT version is sometimes not sufficiently stable for everyday use it but has all the new features and is the best starting point if you want to hack Balsa.

To clone all the history and branches of Balsa, from a shell:

git clone git://

If you want the check-out to be put in a folder that is not named balsa, specify your own folder name as a second argument to git clone.

The main branch (known as master in a GIT repository) requires recent versions of Gtk and GLib, and version 2.4 of GMime. The gtk3 branch compiles against gtk3 library.