Setting up Pine (Alpine) for IMAP Gmail

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To be able to use Pine (Alpine) to receive your IMAP Gmail

  • Enable IMAP on your Gmail account
    1. Sign into Gmail
    2. Click Settings
    3. Click the Forwarding and POP/IMAP tab
    4. Select Enable IMAP
    5. Save Changes
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  • Open Pine (Alpine) on one of the interactive servers
    1. Type MSLA (Main>Setup>colletionLists>Add) and add the following collection:
         Nickname  :  Gmail (or whatever you would like to name the folder)
         Server    : (ex:  
         Path      :
         View      :
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2. You will be prompted to enter your password
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  • Set-up SMTP to use the Gmail server to send email from your Gmail account
1. Go to the main menu in pine (m)
2. Select SETUP – Configure Alpine Options
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3. Enter c (Config)
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4. Select SMTP Server (for sending) and press enter
5. Enter in the following text:
  • (ex:
  • Press enter
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From Gmail

Getting started with IMAP for Gmail

Configuring other mail clients

How do actions sync in IMAP

Other Sources

Alpine Messaging System, the alternative to Pine. Gmail included.

Power Pine – Setting up your Gmail IMAP Collection