How to Access a Gmail Account With Eudora

Get your Gmail messages in Eudora via IMAP

What to Know

  • Enable IMAP access for Gmail, then open Eudora and select Tools > Account Settings > Account Actions > Add Mail Account.
  • When you compose new messages, select the down-arrow in the From field to choose which email account you want to use.
  • Note: Although Eudora was discontinued in 2013, it still supports POP3, IMAP, and SMTP protocols.

This article explains how to access a Gmail account with Eudora 8.0 for Windows and Mac.

How to Access Gmail in Eudora

To connect your Gmail account to Eudora so that you can send and receive messages:

  1. Make sure you have enabled IMAP access for your Gmail account.

  2. Open Eudora and select Tools > Account Settings.

    A screenshot of Eudora with the Account Settings command highlighted
  3. Select Account Actions > Add Mail Account.

    A screenshot of Account Settings in Eudora
  4. Enter the name you want displayed when you send Gmail messages from Eudora, then enter your Gmail login credentials and select Continue.

    A screenshot of the Mail Account Setup window in Eudora with the Continue button highlighted
  5. Eudora will automatically configure the IMAP and SMTP settings for Gmail. When it's finished, select Create Account.

    If the attempt was unsuccessful, you may have to allow less secure apps to access your Gmail account and turn off multi-factor authentication.

    A screenshot of Eudora's Mail Account Setup screen with the Create Account button highlighted
  6. Select OK on the Account Settings page.

    A screenshot of Eudora's Account Settings screen with the OK button highlighted
  7. Double click your Gmail account in the left pane, then double click Inbox to see your messages. It may take a few minutes for all of your messages to appear.

    A screenshot of Eudora with a Gmail inbox highlighted

Can You Access a Gmail Account With Eudora?

Although support for Eudora was discontinued in 2013, the email client still supports POP3, IMAP, and SMTP protocols in addition to SSL and S/MIME authentication. That means you can access your Gmail account from Eudora if it's still your preferred email program.

How to Send Messages From Your Gmail Account in Eudora

When you compose new messages, select the down-arrow in the From field to choose which email account you want to use.

A screenshot of a new message in Eudora with the address selection arrow highlighted

Is Eudora Still Available?

While Eudora is no longer available on its developer's website, you can find versions of the program on various torrent websites and other places on the web.

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History of Eudora

Eudora was named after American author Eudora Welty, an American short story writer and novelist who wrote about the American South, because of her short story "Why I Live at the P.O." Originally distributed free of charge, Eudora was acquired and commercialized by Qualcomm in 1991.

In 2006, Qualcomm stopped development of the commercial version and sponsored the creation of a new open-source version based on Mozilla Thunderbird, code-named Penelope, later renamed to Eudora OSE. Development of the open-source version stopped in 2010 and was officially deprecated in 2013.

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