Introduction to Balsa

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

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-7.6 systemd platform.

Package Information

Balsa Dependencies


GMime-2.6.20, GTK+-2.24.24, and GTK+-3.12.2



Compface-1.5.2, gpg2 and GPGME-1.5.1 (both for S/MIME support), gtksourceview-3.12.3, libcanberra-0.30, libsecret-0.18, MIT Kerberos V5-1.12.2, OpenLDAP-2.4.39, OpenSSL-1.0.1i, SQLite-3.8.6, and MTA (that provides a sendmail command, note that it is only used if you didn't install the recommended libESMTP package)

User Notes:

Installation of Balsa

Install Balsa by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr --sysconfdir=/etc &&

This package does not come with a test suite.

Now, as the root user:

make install

Command Explanations

Examine ./configure --help output for switches needed to detect the optional dependencies or to prevent it from looking for recommended dependencies.

Configuring Balsa

Configuration Information

All configuration of Balsa is done through the Balsa menu system, with mailbox configuration done with the Settings—>Preferences menu.

If you are unable to connect to your ISP, they probably don't support APOP. Disable it in Settings/Preferences/POP3/advanced.

If you enable filters for your incoming POP3 mail, you must have Procmail-3.22 installed, as the incoming mail will be handed off to procmail for processing.


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

Short Descriptions


is a glib based mail client.

Last updated on 2014-08-25 09:58:52 -0700