[Owncloud] Email handling in ownCloud

Frank Karlitschek karlitschek at kde.org
Mon Nov 7 09:15:12 UTC 2011

Hi Thomas,

having a full fledged email server in ownCloud is not an option at the moment because it requires an SMTP daemon, spam filtering, an imap server, dns configuration and more which is not easily doable for normal users.

An idea is to include a webmail interface which accesses an 3rd party imap server. This is doable by including something like roundcube as an ownCloud app. The drawback is that this doesn´t give a lot of additional freedom to the user because the mails are still stored on an external server at some provider. But it can be a nicely integrated interface of course.

If you want to work on this I suggest to take the existing Roundcube and transform it into an ownCloud App with a new theme which fits the rest of ownCloud.

I already implemented an "External" App which can be used to include an external Webmail Interface like Roundcube or Squirrelmail into the ownCloud Interface. This will be in ownCloud 3


On 07.11.2011, at 09:57, Thomas Müller wrote:

> Good morning,
> did you discuss email handling overall already?
> Any deveopment yet started?
> From my point of view emails are for sure private data and should be stored inside my cloud service.
> My approach for a ownCloud app would be to use tools like e.g. fetchmail to pull emails from various email accounts into
> the ownCloud and store the email data inside the database. The ownCloud web app will read the email data just from the database.
> Let me know your opinion!
> THX,
> Thomas
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Frank Karlitschek
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