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Roundcube webmail is a browser-based multilingual IMAP client with an application-like user interface. It provides full functionality you expect from an email client, including MIME support, address book, folder manipulation, message searching and spell checking.


There are 3 ways of installing Roundcube...

  1. From your systems package repository
  2. Download precompiled binary
  3. Compile from source

From your systems package repository

This may not give you the latest version.

sudo apt-get install roundcube

Download precompiled binary

This will give you the latest version. (complete version)

Compile from source


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Mobile Theme

Absolutely awful instructions for this on their web site, but I've put down them down here in my way.

The issue is that Ubuntu installs the files in TWO places... /var/lib/ and /usr/share/.

So, you have to download them to the actual folders where they are kept and then symlink them to where Ubuntu wants to find them.

(sigh - that's 2 hours of my life I am not getting back)

Instructions for Ubuntu version...

sudo -i
cd /usr/share/roundcube/plugins
git clone
git clone
mv Roundcube-Plugin-Mobile/ mobile
mv Roundcube-Plugin-JQuery-Mobile/ jquery_mobile
cd /usr/share/roundcube/skins
git clone
mv Roundcube-Skin-Melanie2-Larry-Mobile/ melanie2_larry_mobile
cd /var/lib/roundcube/plugins
ln -s /usr/share/roundcube/plugins/jquery_mobile
ln -s /usr/share/roundcube/plugins/mobile
cd /var/lib/roundcube/skins
ln -s /usr/share/roundcube/skins/melanie2_larry_mobile
cd /var/lib/roundcube/config/
  $config['plugins'] = array(

Instructions for downloaded version...

sudo -i
cd /var/www/roundcube/plugins
git clone mobile
git clone jquery_mobile
chown -R www-data:www-data mobile/ jquery_mobile/
cd ../skins/
git clone melanie2_larry_mobile
chown -R www-data:www-data melanie2_larry_mobile/
cd ../config/
  $config['plugins'] = array('managesieve','mobile');

Once it is installed, login and you will see a 'Mobile View' option in the top left hand corner.

Which is nice... so yeah, worth the effort.