Watch Your Inbox with CheckGmail

[update] For updated instructions on installing CheckGmail, see Updating CheckGmail to Fix Login Errors.

Always have a browser tab open to your Gmail account? CheckGmail is an application that can monitor your Gmail account for you. It’s unobtrusive, feature-rich, and easy to configure.

Install CheckGmail from the package checkgmail (click the link to install), or by running the command below in your terminal:

sudo apt-get install checkgmail

Start it for the first time from Applications->Internet->CheckGmail. You may have to wait a few seconds for the configuration window to appear. You can get started by just entering your username and password for Gmail and clicking OK. (If you aren’t comfortable saving your password to disk, leave the Save password option unselected. You will be prompted for your Gmail password whenever CheckGmail starts.)

the configuration window

Once you have CheckGmail running and know you want to keep it, set it up to start when you log in. Open System->Preferences->Sessions and click Add. In the Add Startup Program dialog, set the name value to CheckGmail and the command to checkgmail.

CheckGmail notification

CheckGmail will display the Gmail icon in your notification area which will be grayed-out when you have no new messages. Hovering over this icon will display a preview of any new messages and let you take actions on them. When a new message is received, a small notification will slide onto the screen. Click on the icon to open Gmail in your default browser.

Archived Comments


Tombuntu really rocks.. I check it every 15 times a day (rss included = )
To enable having an encrypted password (instead of plain text)

sudo apt-get install libcrypt-simple-perl


To enable Gtk2::Sexy, (I’m not really sure what that one is for..)
sudo apt-get install dh-make-perl libsexy-dev
sudo dh-make-perl –build –cpan Gtk2::Sexy
sudo dpkg -i libgtk2-sexy-perl_0.02-1_i386.deb

(from thread number 10)


It’s only me or the last version of CheckGmail don’t work ok with hosted domains?

The program ask me for login and password indefinitely

Has you the same problem?



Nice tool, I just install it and everything is working properly … thanks you.


Very useful app. Is there a way to use gmailcheck to monitor gtalk as well?


I use this and its great, i set the command on new mail to have espeak tell me i have an email… “

espeak -s 130 “excuse me sir, you have a new email waiting”


If you’re on kde check kcheckgmail - it’s very similar, but for kde.

I’ve got it set so scroll lock lights up on my keyboard when I’ve got new mail (I don’t use that key anyway).

xset led 3
xset -led 3

Jack smith

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