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I use Gmail as my e-mail client, but when I click on a 'mailto:' link, the is opened.

Did Google discontinue supoort for OS X Leopard and older Apple Mail App? Does anyone know this or can confirm this? Are there any other older email clients available that still run under OS X 10.5.8 that can still access Gmail over iMAP? How to Set Gmail As Your Default Mail Client in OS X Matt Klein February 23, 2015, 12:34pm EDT If you’ve ever been browsing on a Mac and clicked a mailto: link, you may have discovered that it often tends to default to the Mail app.

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Is there a way to avoid the opening in this case? Can I open Gmail instead?

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You do NOT need to install a third party app.

Both Google Chrome and Firefox support this functionality. (ok, technically these are third party apps, but lets assume you are not using safari.)

  1. Open gmail in chrome.
  2. In the address bar next to the 'bookmark star' you should see a grey diamond. Click on the diamond
  3. Select 'use gmail'.
  4. If you do not see the gray diamond, follow the instructions below.

If you made a mistake and selected 'No' and you really wanted to select 'Use Gmail'

  1. With Chrome open, copy and paste this into your address bar at the top: chrome://settings/handlers
  2. Under the Ignored protocol handlers section, Click on X to the right to delete.
  3. Close and open Gmail.
  4. Answer the question correctly this time. :)


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Update (1/2014)

Turns out Google Notifier for Mac is no longer supported.

If you're using Chrome, this is now very simple: open settings, search for 'mailto', and set Gmail as the handler for mailto.

For Firefox, see this answer.

(The remainder of this answer is now obsolete.)

While options like Webmailer also do the job, I'll mention yet another way for the sake of completeness:

  1. Install Google Notifier for Mac. It's an official Gmail utility made by Google.
  2. Open, go to Preferences -> General, and set 'Default email reader' to Google (Yep, you need to configure this in Mail even when Mail is what you don't want to use...)

Besides directing clicks on mailto: links to Gmail, the Google Notifier comes with some additional features: It adds an icon (like this: ) in the menu bar and notifies you (if configured to do so) about new mail in your Gmail box. Through the icon you can also access your inbox, unread messages, and 'Compose mail' screen quickly.

Works great for me; I can generally vouch for this useful little app.

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If you use Firefox 3.5 or later:

  • Go to Preferences ⌘, and and choose the Application pane.
  • Find 'mailto' in the content type list, and choose what you want. If you want Gmail to open, choose it in the popup menu.

Or you can use More Internet, a System Preferences pane that lets you choose which applications are set as helpers for Internet protocols.

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With Webmailer, you can set up any webmail client as the default email client in OS X.

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You could use Mailplane. Mailplane is a site-specific browser for GMail that offers better OS-level integration. Mailplane can act as the default email client.

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You can do this with Firefox in two steps...

  1. Go to Firefox preferences, Applications, search for mailto: and change the application action to 'Use Gmail'.
  2. Follow Apple's instructions here and choose Firefox as the email app.
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You could use Sparrow which is a very clean and spare Gmail client. I've been using it for a while and love it.

Go to / Preferences / General / and make Sparrow your default email reader.


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Email clients come in all shapes and sizes, but when it comes to the options available on the Mac, we feel that Airmail is the best email client for most people. It’s easy to use, supports a number of different email providers, has a solid search function, and more.

Airmail 3

Platform: macOS
Price: $9.99
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  • Supports Gmail, Google Apps, iCloud, Exchange, IMAP, POP3, and local accounts
  • Unlimited email accounts with a unified inbox
  • Gmail keyboard shortcuts, global shortcuts, and custom shortcuts
  • Adjustable interface with multiple themes, modes, and layout options
  • Global search, filters, advanced token search, and a preview mode
  • Integration with Omnifocus, Fantastical, Trello, Asana, Evernote, Reminders, Calendar, BusyCal, Things, 2To, Wunderlist, and Todoist
  • Large contact photos for most contacts
  • Support for Gmail Primary Inbox
  • Support for folders, colors, Gmail labels, flags, and more
  • Attachment support for integration with Dropbox, Google Drive, Droplr, and CloudApp
  • Customizable notifications
  • VIP support with sender-specific notifications
  • Quick replies
  • Send later options
  • Customizable menus, gestures, and shortcuts
  • Today extension and handoff support
  • iCloud syncing with iPhone app
  • Folders and labels for organization
  • Search filters, flags, and message sorting
  • AppleScript support
  • Muting and blocking features
  • Task-based sorting with options to send emails to memos, done, or to-dos
  • Support for Markdown, rich text, HTML, and plain text

Where It Excels

Airmail’s biggest strength is the variety of ways you can customize it. Part of that comes from the fact that Airmail is updated pretty frequently, which means that not only does it regularly get new features, it’s also always up to date with the most modern iterations of macOS. Over the course of its life, those updates have added in features like snoozing, VIP mailbox, and plenty of other modern email features.


The ways that you can customize Airmail are pretty in-depth. You can alter what’s on your sidebar, what emails you’re notified about, how emails are displayed, how long a “snooze” is, how gestures work, where you save files, and tons more. Airmail also integrates with a bunch of third-party services, so if you use one of the supported to-do apps or notes apps as part of your email workflow then it’s pretty easy to integrate that into Airmail.

Airmail is basically a power-user email app for people who don’t want to go “full power-user” with something like Outlook. It’s great for the niche of people who need an advanced email client on their Mac and who aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty customizing it.


Where It Falls Short

At $10, Airmail is a bit of an investment and while it’s well worth the cost if you use all is features, not everyone needs a ton of features to begin with. While Airmail is very customizable, it’s not great out of the box, which means you’ll want to spend a 10-15 minutes playing around with various settings, options, and other things to tweak it to suit your needs. If you use email a lot for work, this isn’t a huge deal, but if you’re a casual user who just want to send and receive some mail then Airmail is overkill.


The Competition

Apple Mail is probably the most obvious competition here. The packed-in email client is... fine. It works on a fundamental level, but since it’s only updated when Apple updates its entire operating system, it’s pretty devoid of modern features. If you just check and reply to emails, it does the job though.


Spark(Free) is easily the best alternative to Airmail for people who don’t need as many of the advanced features that come packed into it. Spark has a lot of the modern razzle-dazzle of Airmail without the clutter. It has smart inbox sorting, iCloud syncing with the free mobile app, email snoozing, and quick replies. The free part might seem like its main strength, but it gives me pause because it’s unclear what the business model is, and therefore hard to tell what will happen to the app in the future. We’ve seen far too many abandoned email apps over the years to trust any free app moving forward, even if it is run by a company with a whole productivity suite. Still, it’s a great alternative to Airmail and free to check out if you’re curious.

Postbox ($40) is another great competitor. Like Airmail, Postbox excels in search options and additional powerful features you won’t find in most other mail clients. For example, you get message summary mode, sorting by type/subject of email (called the Focus Pane), add-ons, easy archiving of messages, and more. It’s a little clunky to actually use though, and Postbox doesn’t feel as at home in macOS as Airmail does. While you can check out a trial of Postbox for free, it’s a tough sell at $40 unless you really enjoy it.


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