We are excited to announce that starting today, you can use Bridge to connect your ProtonMail account with your desktop email app on the Linux operating system.
ProtonMail Bridge is a desktop app available to all paying subscribers that integrates ProtonMail’s strong privacy and security features, such as zero-access encryption and end-to-end encryption, with your email client.
Bridge implements IMAP/SMTP protocols and is compatible with any email client which follows this standard. The Linux version we are launching today includes special optimizations for Thunderbird.
Since releasing Bridge for Linux in beta, we have collected valuable feedback from our community and improved the speed and performance. Linux users now have access to all the convenience provided by an email client, including full-text search, offline editing, and the ability to export and back up emails from your ProtonMail account.
Why use ProtonMail Bridge
Bridge delivers your ProtonMail messages to your favorite desktop email app by encrypting and decrypting the messages on your computer.
Your client stores a copy of the emails on your computer, enabling you to search their content. This also allows you to load emails for offline reading and processing. We are working on launching encrypted, full-text search and offline reading soon for the web and mobile applications.
However, because email clients operate and store your conversations on your device, it is critical that you keep your computer safe.
With today’s launch, the application is now officially available for Windows, Mac, and Linux with support for Outlook, Apple Mail, and Thunderbird.
Bridge also lets you back up your ProtonMail data by facilitating its export through your email client and simplifies the transfer of emails between different ProtonMail accounts or from other email providers to ProtonMail.
Note: If you want to run a full mailbox import or export, we recommend using our dedicated Import-Export app, available in beta to all paid users.
How to set up Bridge for Linux
To use Bridge, you need to download and install the application, add your account to Bridge, and configure Thunderbird.
After downloading the correct package for your system, we recommend you verify the signature of the downloaded file. This ensures that the file you received was not damaged or tampered with. You can find the instructions for verifying file signatures in one of our installation guides for .deb, .rpm or PKGBUILD files.
Next, start the Bridge app and select Add Account. Enter your Proton login credentials to connect to Bridge.
Finally, to configure Thunderbird, you will need the IMAP/SMTP credentials from your Bridge application. Please follow these steps to configure your email client.
If you have any questions, please visit our Bridge for Linux support section.
What’s next for Bridge
ProtonMail’s mission is to build a safe Internet for everyone. To do that, we are committed to building transparent, ethical, and secure products, and ProtonMail Bridge is no exception. That’s why we are working hard on opening our source code for Bridge.
We will also continue improving the Bridge design, as well as work on supporting more IMAP/SMTP clients on Linux.
The feedback from the Linux community during the beta testing has been critical in launching this version of Bridge. We’d like to thank them and we invite everyone to send us ideas and comments at email@example.com or via the Report Bug feature inside the app.
You can get a free secure email account from ProtonMail here.
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