Telaen Howto - Easy php webmail interface

Today i found a really good wembail interface and i want to share how easy is to install it compared with other webmail packages.

Telaen is a webmail interface written in PHP. It does not require any database and is compatible with POP3 or IMAP so it runs under any Server supporting PHP with Sendmail or QMAIL. Additional skins and languages can be easily integrated.

Download latest tar.gz package from sourceforge page


tar zxf telaen_1.1.0.tar.gz

mv telaen_1.1.0 webmail

cd webmail/

chown -R apache.apache *

Apache is running under apache user so now it has rights to write in

webmail's database directory

cd inc/

cp config.php.default config.php


cp config.languages.php.default config.languages.php

Now you can load webmail in browser


If the pop/imap server is located on the same machine that is all !


First page you will see is the one with user settings:


Then you can read your emails from inbox . Doh!


You can change the default pop/smtp server in config.php

vi config.php

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By: Anonymous

I followed your howto and indeed it's that easy.

However, this webmail interface is not much of an interface, and it does have the issue I could not live with. It does not reflect the mailbox state accurately (ie. to really refresh the state - you must logoff and then logon again)

Thanks anyway.

By: mariuz

yes it does have some bugs

i was amazed of how easy was to setup compared to horde

By: Anonymous

It caches messages. Click the hyperlink on the left saying "Refresh" rather than the browser refresh to refresh the cache.

By: Anonymous

How this could be. I v been using uebimiau for yrs. But everything here is just a copy of that. chk out

By: Anonymous
By: Anonymous

I'll keep to just as easy to install, and works super fast ... is just great ;)

By: mariuz

thanks i will check iloha mail soon

By: mariuz

Article text is now updated  with new telaen release

By: leo8888

Very nice HOWTO! I had been looking for a simple webmail interface for our Windows 2003 Server running Apache and this fit perfectly. Has even more features than I expected and took very little time to install and setup. Actually it took me more time to download and install PHP than to set this up.