IMAP Mail Client Setup

From CSEE Documentation


The CSEE mail servers use a secure connection for incoming and outgoing mail; so you will need to customize your mail client in order to read and send e-mail on your CSEE account. This page explains how to configure your e-mail client for the CSEE Mail Services. This page will discuss Thunderbird, Microsoft Outlook, and MS Outlook Express. If you use a different client, please refer to your client's documentation. You will need to set up your client for the following services:

Service Server name Port
Secure IMAP 993
Secure POP 995
Secure SMTP 25

Note: For Thunderbird and Microsoft Outlook, the same installation steps can be followed for both IMAP and POP server types. Outlook Express, however, must be configured to use POP. (see below) Update 10/5/2010: Port 25 may no longer work for off-campus connections from the Verizon network. The work-around is to port 587 for SMTP instead.

Thunderbird (Windows/MacOS/Linux)

  1. If you have no email accounts configured the 'New Account' dialog will automatically open. [1]
    If you already have accounts in Thunderbird and are simply adding CSEE mail to Thunderbird open the 'New Account' dialog by clicking on the 3 horizontal bars (menu button) and select 'Preferences' -> 'Account Settings...' then 'Account Options' -> 'Add Mail Account' [2]
  2. Fill in your name, csee email address ( and your password. Thunderbird will attempt to automatically detect the proper settings. This will probably not work, this is ok. We will manually fill in the correct settings. [3]
Server Hostname Port SSL Authentication
IMAP 993 SSL/TLS Normal Password
SMTP 25 STARTLS Normal Password
  1. If the 'Done' box becomes grayed out, click in one of the 'Authentication' boxes and select 'Normal Password' again. This should re-enable the button.

At this point email should be all setup, to check for new email click the "Get Mail" button.

Microsoft Outlook

These are the steps to add an account to Outlook 2013 with Outlook having not been configured before.

  1. On the welcome screen click "Next" [1]
  2. Make sure that "Yes" is selected and select "Next" [2]
  3. Select "Manual setup or additional server types" and click "Next" [3]
  4. Select "POP or IAMP" and click "Next" [4]
  5. Fill in the required boxes [5]
    • Under "Server Information"
      Account Type: "IMAP"
      Incoming mail server: ""
      Outgoing mail server (smtp): ""
    • Logon:
      User Name: (just your usename, no
      Password: (your password)
  6. Click "More Settings ..."
  7. Pick the "Outgoing Server" tab [6]
    • Check "My outgoing server..."
    • Select "Log on using" and fill in your user name and password
  8. Pick the "Advanced" tab [7]
  9. Change "Incoming server (IMAP)" to: 993
    • Change the drop down below it to say SSL
  10. Leave "Outgoing server (SMTP)" at 25
    • Change the drop down below it to say "TLS"
  11. Click "OK" and return to the Add account form and click "Next"
    • If everything has been completed successfully both tasks should say "Completed" [8]

Your all set!


Alpine should work out of the box. However, the default access method uses direct access to your mail spool in /var/mail. This means that running multiple copies of Alpine (even on multiple systems) will not work. If you anticipate doing this a lot, you may wish to configure Alpine to use IMAP to access your mail. This change will require that you have to type your password to access your mail. This configuration is not recommended for general use.

With that said, to configure Alpine to use IMAP, edit the line beginning with inbox-path= in ~/.pinerc:


Alpine can also support the UMBC LDAP server to search for names and email addresses. This support can be added by editing the line beginning with ldap-servers= in ~/.pinerc (this is all one line): "/base=dc=umbc,dc=edu/impl=0/rhs=0/ref=0/nosub=0/type=/srch=/time=/size=/cust=/nick=/matr=/catr=/satr=/gatr="