Install Zimbra Desktop Email Client on Ubuntu 16.04 / 18.04

Zimbra Desktop is an email client that supports Windows, MacOS and Linux systems, including Ubuntu… It can be used to manage and sync your various email accounts in a single desktop application..

With Zimbra Desktop, you can sync your emails, contacts, calendar and other documents from all your online accounts directly into the app and access locally…

When you re-connect, all your data automatically syncs between the servers and your computer.. Zimbra supports Yahoo! mail, Gmail, Microsoft Outlook and any other work or personal email account that uses POP or IMAP..

For more about Zimbra Desktop, please check its homepage

This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to install Zimbra desktop email client on Ubuntu 16.04 / 18.04 desktops…When you’re ready to get Zimbra installed, follow the steps below:

Step : Install Open Java

In order to use Zimbra, you must have Java installed… The open source version of Java works great.. To check if Java is installed on your systems, run the commands below.

java --version

If Java is not installed on the systems, you should see the lines below notifying you that Java is not installed, but then suggesting Java packages and how to install them. Now all you have to do is select the package from the list you want and run the apt-get command.

:~$ java --version
The program 'java' can be found in the following packages:
* default-jre
* openjdk-11-jre-headless
* openjdk-8-jre-headless
.........
Try: sudo apt install <selected package>

The default Java JRE is the one we one for this post… To install it, run the commands below:

sudo apt update
sudo apt-get install openjdk-8-jre-headless

Accept the list of required packages that will also be installed by typing y for Yes. Doing that will install Open Java JDK/JRE on Ubuntu.

Now when you run the command to check whether Java is installed, you should get the results below.

openjdk 10.0.2 2018-07-17
OpenJDK Runtime Environment (build 10.0.2+13-Ubuntu-1ubuntu0.18.04.4)
OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM (build 10.0.2+13-Ubuntu-1ubuntu0.18.04.4, mixed mode)

And this is how to install Open Java JDK/JRE on Ubuntu…

Step 2: Install Zimbra Destop

Now that Java is installed, run the commands below to download and install Zimbra Desktop.. First visit the link below to download the latest version of Zimbra…

https://www.zimbra.com/downloads/zimbra-desktop/

You can use the commands below to download, extract and install the client…

cd /tmp
wget https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.zimbra.com/downloads/zdesktop/7.3.1/b13063/zdesktop_7_3_1_ga_b13063_20170628044421_linux_x64.tgz
sudo tar xzvf zdesktop*
cd zdesktop_7_3_1_ga_b13063_linux_x64
sudo ./install.pl

You should be prompted to answer the installation prompts.. use the guide below to complete:

Welcome to Zimbra Desktop setup wizard. This will install Zimbra Desktop on your computer.
------------------------------
Press enter to continue: 
PLEASE READ THIS AGREEMENT CAREFULLY BEFORE USING THE SOFTWARE.  SYNACOR INC. WILL ONLY LICENSE THIS SOFTWARE TO YOU IF YOU FIRST ACCEPT THE TERMS OF THIS AGREEMENT. BY DOWNLOADING OR INSTALLING THE SOFTWARE, OR USING THE PRODUCT, YOU ARE CONSENTING TO BE BOUND BY THIS AGREEMENT. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO ALL OF THE TERMS OF THIS AGREEMENT, THEN DO NOT DOWNLOAD, INSTALL OR USE THE PRODUCT.
License Terms for this Zimbra Desktop Software: http://www.zimbra.com/license/zimbra_public_eula.html
------------------------------
(A)ccept or (D)ecline [A]: A
------------------------------
Choose the folder where you would like to install Zimbra Desktop's application files [/opt/zimbra/zdesktop]: 
Installing application files...done
You have finished installing application files.
Would you like to continue to install data files for user: root ?
------------------------------
(Y)es or (N)o [N]: N

To install data files for additional users, please login as the user and run this command:
/opt/zimbra/zdesktop/linux/user-install.pl

If you have multiple versions of Java installed, run the commands below to set the correct version as the default…

sudo update-alternatives --config java

There are 2 choices for the alternative java (providing /usr/bin/java).
Selection Path Priority Status
------------------------------------------------------------
0 /usr/lib/jvm/java-11-openjdk-amd64/bin/java 1101 auto mode
1 /usr/lib/jvm/java-11-openjdk-amd64/bin/java 1101 manual mode
* 2 /usr/lib/jvm/java-8-openjdk-amd64/jre/bin/java 1081 manual mode

After that, run the commands below as a regular user so Zimbra Desktop can be configured for your profile..

/opt/zimbra/zdesktop/linux/user-install.pl

use the guide below to complete the prompts..

Choose the folder where you would like to install Zimbra Desktop's user data files, full path please [/home/richrd/zdesktop]: 
------------------------------
Choose the folder where you would like to create desktop icon [/home/richrd/Desktop]: 

Installing user data files...done
Initializing user data...done
Creating desktop icon...done
Zimbra Desktop has been installed successfully for user richrd.

You can start Zimbra Desktop by double-clicking the desktop icon or by running the following command:
"/opt/zimbra/zdesktop/linux/zdrun.pl"

Press "Enter" to launch Zimbra Desktop; Press "Ctrl-c" to exit:

Once Zimbra Desktop is installed, you can do double click in the icon in the Desktop, then Zimbra Desktop will open and the Configuration Wizard will shows…

Zimbra Ubuntu install

Complete the setup and enjoy!

Zimbra Ubuntu install

Congratulation! You have successfully installed Zimbra Desktop on Ubuntu 16.04 / 18.04

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