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Nylas N1 – The Next-Gen Email Client

Nylas N1

Everyone having access to the internet sends and receives emails one way or another. Though some barely use it to sign-up for a social network or any other online service whilst others use it as their primary mode of communication or collaboration. Well, this is not the case with “power users”. They want more than opening up Gmail from a browser every now and then to check for new email. In addition to that, they want extra features that their email provider does not cater for them. Here come email clients. There are tens of them – Thunderbird, Claws Mail, Mailbird, Outlook etc. The list goes on and on. Then comes Nylas N1

What makes N1 different

There are a plethora of email clients found on the internet – some are free whilst others are paid. I have used quite few of them, but none gives its users a feeling of satisfaction regarding emails. Here comes N1, “The Extensible, open source mail app” as the good people at Nylas like to call it. It is the first email app for desktop, that is both open source and meant to be extended by developers. It is made on the groundbreaking Nylas Cloud API. With eye-catching looks and other goodies, it makes N1 one of the best email apps around.


It has features like:

  • Snoozing emails for later viewing. This can be accomplished by swiping to the left
  • Contact details. It can show the senders Facebook profile picture or any other details from Twitter, LinkedIn and GitHub
  • It can be customised with beautiful flat themes that are easy on the eyes yet functional

    N1 themes
  • It has what is called “Activity List” – that shows notifications whenever your recipients open your message. Now, these are one of the things I like the most about N1

    Activity Viewer
    Activity List
  • A beautifully curated Settings page that gives you access to all the things you could ever want

  • A refined Plugins tab that has some of the most useful plugins an email user could think of

    N1 Plugins
    N1 Plugins

How to get it

I am sure by now many of you would like to try it at least, if not use it as your primary email client. Let’s jump straight into getting it:


  • Go to their website and hit Download, it’ll download the setup right away
  • Just follow the on-screen instructions afterwards

Ubuntu/Debian (.deb)

If you’re using a Debian based Linux distribution, you might want to do the following:

  • Download the .deb package from here
  • Fire up a terminal and install git as it is the most widely unmet dependency whilst installing on an Ubuntu machine:
    $ sudo apt-get install git
  • Afterwards, cd to the directory where you’ve downloaded the N1.deb file (usually the Downloads folder). So:
    cd ~/Downloads
  • And finally, install it via the following command:
    $ sudo dpkg -i N1.deb


In rpm based distributions, such as Fedora, grab the required setup file from here

  • Whilst assuming it