Sunday, March 29, 2009

Free POP3 and SMTP access to Yahoo! Mail using YPOPS! in Ubuntu


YPOPs! is an application that provides POP3 and SMTP access to Yahoo! Mail.

This application is more like a gateway. It provides a POP3 server interface at o­ne end to talk to email clients and an HTTP client (browser) interface at the other which allows it to talk to Yahoo! The same concept holds good for SMTP as well.It works with all know email clients like Outlook, Thunderbird, Evolution, Eudora etc.

Install YPOPs! for Ubuntu

First you need to add the following line to source list file by editing the /etc/apt/sources.list file

$sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

Add the following line

deb ubuntu main

Save and exit the file

Add the PGP public key for the new repository

$ wget

$ sudo apt-key add t_skariah.gpg

Update the source list

$ sudo apt-get update

Install YPOPs!

$ sudo aptitude install ypops

Re configure YPOPs! for Ubuntu

$ sudo dpkg-reconfigure -fgnome ypops

Other front-ends could be “dialog” (default), or “web”. The old /etc/ypops.ini would be saved as /etc/ypops.ini.bak

A dialog will popup with help for every option available .

Configuration note

- Don’t check the ‘Add a new account’ in the first step unless you have multiple yahoo accounts.

- If you’re installing YPOPs! on a LAN computer that acts as a router, replace the bind address with the LAN address reachable by the other network PCs ( or for example).

How to start YPOPs! for Ubuntu manually

$ sudo /etc/init.d/ypops start

How to stop YPOPs! for Ubuntu manually:

$ sudo /etc/init.d/ypops stop

How to automatically start YPOPs! for Ubuntu at bootup

Use the configuration wizard.

How to remove YPOPs! for Ubuntu:

$ sudo apt-get remove ypops

Directory structure:

/etc/init.d/ypops - init script
/etc/ypops.ini - config file
/usr/bin/ypops - executable file
/var/log/ypops/ - log directory
/var/run/ - pid file

WARNING: The log directory is readable by all. If the log-level is set to Advanced, YPOPs! would dump all the HTML pages there, which might contian private information.

Configuring Email Client (Mozilla Thunderbird)

If you want to configure Mozilla Thunderbird to access your yahoo email use the following steps

Click Tools-> Account Settings

Click Add Account button.

Choose Email account. Click Next

Type name and email address in the boxes. Click Next

Choose POP and type ‘localhost’ as the incoming server.

Depending on your preferences check or uncheck Use Global Inbox

Click Next. If your username is not already there by default, add it.

Click Next. Add the way you want your Account Name to look in Thunderbird.

Click Finish.

Now scroll down to the bottom of the Account Settings pane and click on Outgoing server (SMTP).

Click on Advanced. Click on Add.

Type as the outgoing mail server. Port default is 25.

Check Use name and password. This is Thunderbird’s way of enabling authentication.

Type your Yahoo user name as

Click No to Use secure connection and then OK twice.

Click OK to the Server Settings window.

Now get back into Account Settings

Go back to the Server Settings of you Yahoo Account in the Account Settings pane.

Do not check Use secure connection (SSL) or Use secure authentication.

Click on Advanced.

Choose where you want your emails to go in the POP tab.

Click on the SMTP tab and click on the drop down menu and select

Continue modifying any of your preferences in the account and then click on OK.

The first time you try to access the account, Mozilla will ask for a password and if you want Mozilla to remember the password.

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