ProtonMail Bridge for Linux
I don't have a Windows or OSX machine, so ProtonMail Bridge doesn't appear to be an option for me. Is there any way Bridge for Linux could happen? The site says it's coming soon, but when is soon?
We are happy to announce that ProtonMail Bridge for Linux is now available in closed Beta for all paid users. Please email us at email@example.com for an invite.
I don't consider this as a completed task. I've been using Bridge for Linux for the past year under Fedora and had a terrible experience. Some fonts are unreadable, multiple replies to threads in message lists are not sorted correctly and after the latest update I get it crashing after few minutes. Also even it should be open source code, it's not available anywhere. I've sent several reports to the bridge team without any reply. I would not recommend anyone to pay for this feature and I will not renew for sure!
David Lemler commented
It's a paid feature for all operating systems. You can download the bridge for Win/Mac for free, but it will refuse to work unless you have a paid account. The only difference between the Win/Mac versions and the Linux version is that the Linux version is a beta.
Wait, that's not a completed task, it's a beta feature only available for paid users.
Why would it be considered completed when windows and mac users have it ready for free?
What i would like to have is a standalone commandline interface / daemon that does not require the gazillion of qt and other graphical libraries as dependencies. That kind of bridge would work almost anywhere, reduce the attack surface of the code etc. Why did you chose to have the commandline interface the same executable as the GUI version?
David Lemler commented
In the emails with the download links, there is an attached file with instructions on how to extract the required files from the .deb package for installation on any system, even if it doesn't support .deb packages. Once Protonmail (including the bridge and mobile apps) becomes fully open source, I'm sure others could make Snap/Flatpak/AppImage versions of the bridge that would be cross-distribution.
Linux flatpak, snap or app-image would be great, or is it only deb and rpm?
Please provide a web interface that goes to the local bridge server.
1. Without changing away from the standard ProtonMail web interface, we can take advantage of message body search.
2. Without changing away from the standard ProtonMail web interface, we can be using signed code and be protected from intrusions of ProtonMail servers.
It would be nice to have the bridge as a flatpak. That would let it work easily on nearly all distros.
A more recent .deb can be found here:
In response to Jim C.
Because ProtonMail sends the email to the client encrypted. And Thunderbird / Enigmail doesn't know how to handle it, so they need a bridge which get the email, decrypt it and handle it to the final client.
Jim C. commented
I'm on Linux. So what I don't understand is that I have ProtonVPN and I have Thunderbird / Enigmail. What's the problem with accessing Protonmail? I don't understand... why do I need a bridge?
When it will be available in stable channel? This is one of two reasons why I am holding back with buying paid plan.
Here is a .deb that works very well, from the beta program:
I want to dump gmail commented
Is it going to be available for free users as well or it'll stay as the paid option only?
Protonmail Bridge for Linux is available but still in beta. I have been using it intensively since one month and it is working without problem.
Have a look at
Ugggg.....it was my understanding i would be able to manage my ProtonMail with Thunderbird if i was a paid user... So I just upgraded.....Now it appears the Linux bridge is not yet available. Thats not too honest....
Another bump for a Linux-Thunder-Proton bridge! Long overdue, and much needed.
You need to send a message to the team at firstname.lastname@example.org to get the Invite.
Only paid ProtonMail users can access the Bridge Linux version at this time.
I, too, am waiting for the Linux Bridge before signing up. Two months ago Customer Support wrote to me: "Please sign-up for a ProtonMail account and upgrade to a paid plan in order for us to send you an invite for the Linux Bridge application." I suppose I will try it. I'm hoping the Bridge will be compatible with the Alpine client.
Could ProtonMail please officially confirm that the Linux Bridge is available, or give a release date (it said for a while 'early 2018'). For me that is the decision point for a paid account.