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How to set up and use the Geary email client on Linux

Geary is an excellent, minimalistic email client for Linux. It allows for excellent email reading and sending from an easy-to-use interface. In this guide, we’ll show you how to set up Geary’s latest version on your Linux PC.

Geary on Linux

Before we can go over how to set up Geary on Linux, it’s highly recommended you upgrade to the latest Geary. Or, install it on your Linux system if you do not have it set up already.

Upgrade Geary on Linux

To start Geary’s upgrade on your Linux PC, launch a terminal window on the Linux desktop. Once the terminal window is open and ready to use, follow the upgrade instructions outlined below that correspond to your current operating system.

Note: In this guide, we’ll briefly go over how to install Geary along with upgrading for those that already have it installed. For in-depth instructions on how to get Geary, follow the guide here.


To upgrade to the latest release of Geary on your Ubuntu Linux PC, there’s no real need to enable any third-party software repositories. Ubuntu offers up a relatively recent version of Geary in the primary software sources.

To upgrade your version to the absolute latest, execute the following update, and upgrade commands. These commands will check for any updates and allow you to install the newest version of Geary.

sudo apt update

sudo apt upgrade

Don’t already have the latest Geary on your Linux PC? You can quickly install it on your Ubuntu system with the apt install command below.

sudo apt install geary


Debian Linux does not carry the absolute latest version of the Geary email client. The reason is that Debian Linux chooses to hold back software upgrades for its users to maintain stability.

If you want to upgrade to the absolute latest version of Geary on Debian, here’s how to do it. First, use the apt remove command to uninstall the Debian version of Geary from your system.

sudo apt-get remove geary

After getting rid of the Debian version, follow the Flatpak installation instructions. Flatpak regularly updates Geary, and you’ll be able to keep it up to date on your computer.

Arch Linux

Geary is regularly updated on Arch Linux. If you’re not running the latest version on your Arch system and want to upgrade, you can do it with the simple Pacman command below.

sudo pacman -Syyu

Alternatively, if you do not have Geary set up already, you can get it working with the Pacman command below.

sudo pacman -S geary


Fedora Linux keeps its packages up to date, so you will have no issue getting the absolute latest release of Geary working. If you have Geary installed but haven’t installed updates recently, you can do so with the command below.

sudo dnf update

If you do not have Geary set up on Fedora, you can get it up and running using the dnf command below.

sudo dnf install geary


On OpenSUSE, Geary is a little out of date, depending on what version of the OS you use. For best results, we recommend uninstalling the OpenSUSE release of Geary in favor of the Flatpak one. 

To remove the SUSE version of Geary, enter the zypper command below.

sudo zypper remove geary

Once the app is removed, follow the Flatpak instructions to get the latest release.


If you already have Geary installed as a Flatpak, you can upgrade it with the command below in a terminal window.

sudo flatpak update -y

If you do not have Geary set up on your PC via Flatpak, you will need to enable the Flatpak runtime before attempting to install it with the commands below.

flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo

flatpak install flathub org.gnome.Geary

Using Geary

To use Geary, you will need to add an account. If you’ve never used Geary before, do the following to set up an account. 

First, launch the app. Once the app is open, you will see a “Welcome to Geary” screen. Using this screen, select your email provider. After selecting your email provider, you will need to log into your account with a password.

Upon logging in, your email will appear in the Geary app.

Sending email

Geary is a very basic email app and doesn’t come with many bells and whistles like other apps. As a result, it’s much more approachable. 

To send an email with Geary, find the send button at the top-left part of the screen and click on it. Upon selecting the write button, a message window will appear. Use this window to send your emails.

Access Inbox

To access your inbox, look to the sidebar in Geary on the left. Then, locate your email account name. Below that, you’ll see the inbox filled with your emails.


Need to reply to a message? Select the reply button in the top right when reading an email message in Geary.


Need to delete a message? Select the delete button in the top right when inside of an email message in Geary.

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