Geary is a free and open source (Software Libre) lightweight email client designed for the GNOME desktop. Its interface is based on conversations, so you can easily read an entire discussion without having to click from message to message. You can download it here: Geary download

Add your Riseup account

Geary currently only supports IMAP accounts. On first start you are asked to create a new account:

  1. For Service choose Other
  2. Enter a name and your Riseup email address
  3. Set the IMAP server, leave the port at 993. If you want to connect via Riseups Tor service, see below.
  4. Enter your Riseup username and password
  5. For IMAP and SMTP choose SSL/TLS Encryption
  6. Set the SMTP server, leave the port at 465
  7. Activate Use IMAP credentials, leave No authentication required unchecked
  8. Press Add

Geary will ask you for your GNOME keyring password to save your Riseup password. You can safely cancel this.

Enhance your email security

  • Chiffrez vos courriels ! Pour améliorer la sécurité des messages utilisez Courriels cryptés.
  • Il y a de nombreuses vulnérabilités avec comment les connections sécurisées marchent. Si vous avez besoin d’une sécurité élevée, vous devriez toujours vous connecter aux services Riseup en utilisant le VPN Riseup. Cela devrait éviter une longue liste de potentielles attaques contre vos communications.
  • Pour améliorer la sécurité de votre connexion vous pouvez utiliser Onion Service configuration pour vous connecter aux services .onion de Riseup avec IMAP et SMTP. Regardez les adresses mail.*.onion et smtp.*.onion correspondantes dans la page en lien et remplacez pour chaque serveur. Note: * Le port SMTP 465 est souvent bloqué par les nœuds de sortie, mais le port 587 est moins fréquemment bloqué. Si vous avez un problème pour envoyer un courriel, essayez le port 587 ou configurez votre client pour utiliser les services cachés courriel de Riseup à la place du domaine habituel C’est mieux que d’envoyer votre trafic à travers une sortie Tor car c’est résistant aux attaques MITM mais cela peut causer des problèmes de certificat côté client.

Verify SSL/TLS certificate

Apparently Geary does not provide an option to display used TLS/SSL certificate. If the certified domain name does not match the actual domain name, a warning is shown, but not the fingerprint (or any helpful info).

Message security

At the moment Geary does not support OpenPGP encryption, so it is necessary to de- and encrypt your messages with an external tool.

Note that while you are drafting new messages, Geary saves them without encryption on the server from time to time. To change this, open your account settings and disable Save drafts on server in the Composer section.

When you received an encrypted file attachment, you need to download it and decrypt it manually. Sorry.

Use Riseup’s .onion-Dienst

To enhance connection security you can use Tor to connect to Riseups .onion services for IMAP and SMTP. Look for the according mail.*.onion and smtp.*.onion addresses on the linked page.

To change your settings later, open the file .local/share/geary/[Your_Email_Address].net/geary.ini with your preferred text editor (eg. gedit).

  1. Search for and
  2. For both IMAP and SMTP replace with the .onion address from above page.

Due to a bug in Geary it is not possible to change your account details while you are connected. You need to recreate your account with the Tor servers from the beginning. In case this has been fixed in the future:

  1. From the Geary menu choose Accounts
  2. Select your Riseup account and click at the pencil symbol at the bottom of the screen.
  3. For both IMAP and SMTP replace with the .onion addresses from above page.

Great! You now use Tor to connect to Riseup!