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Install RainLoop on Ubuntu Linux 15.04 – A Simple and Fast Web based E-mail Client

RainLoop is a simple, easy to use web based email-client software. It has abundance of features and is extremely lightweight. It runs fast and provides complete support for well known IMAP, SMTP, SSL, STARTTLS etc protocols. It provides you direct access to email server and no email messages are stored on the web server end. It comes with really simple installer and administrator panel to tailor this web based email client to your needs and likings. It lets you add multiple email accounts and you can login multiple accounts on a single computer system using different browser tabs.

It provides advanced features like integration with Facebook, Google, Twitter, dropbox etc. It is capable of perfectly rendering complex HTML emails. Let’s see how we can install this lightweight email client application on Ubuntu 15.04 operating system.

Installing Rainloop on Ubuntu 15.04

Installing dependencies

We should have Lamp-stack installed on our Ubuntu system before we attempt to install Rainloop. Here is the command to install Lamp-stack on Ubuntu 15.04.

 sudo apt-get install lamp-server^

As soon as the installation for Lamp-stack is complete, run following command to install PHP-Curl module. It is also needed by RainLoop.

 sudo apt-get install php5-curl 

Run following command to start apache web service.

 sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart 

Installing Rainloop

Our Ubuntu system is all set to run RainLoop now. Launch your system terminal and go to the Apache document root directory (/var/www/html).

 cd /var/www/html 

Here create a new directory for RainLoop.

 sudo mkdir rainloop 

Change your working directory to this newly created one.

 cd  rainloop 

Here run following command to install RainLoop.

 curl -s http://repository.rainloop.net/installer.php | php 

It will download all required stuff and perform installation for you, Simply sit back and keep an eye on the terminal screen.

RainLoop Install

As soon as  it is complete, launch your browser and load http://localhost/rainloop?admin , your RainLoop login prompt will be loaded.


Login with Username “admin” and password “12345” (without quotes) and start using this wonderful web based email client.


RainLoop comes with a simple look and feel, however it is equipped with some very good features and most important of all is the speed. Following is the URL to its official page. Check it out for complete feature list and screenshots.

RainLoop official website

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