Kite is a gmail clone you can install on a server of your own. It's pretty limited for the moment, but I hope to get something usable in the next few months.
If you're feeling adventurous, here's how to install the latest Kite alpha on your server.
Kite doesn't do much for the moment. Basically, it can display the emails in your mailbox.
The general view looks a lot like gmail but barer :
Clicking in on a conversation opens the conversation view :
This is your standard login window :
Setting up Kite is pretty easy. The only tricky part is the DNS.
You'll need a machine (real or virtual) with Ubuntu 12.04LTS. Debian should probably work, but I haven't tested it yet.
This is the trickiest part of the setup because you'll have to modify your domain's DNS configuration on your registrar's website. Unfortunately, DNS is complicated and all registrars have different and sometimes very confusing interfaces.
These instructions are pretty high-level, so don't hesitate to contact me if you need additional guidance.
Let's say you own the domain "example.com", a server at IP address
and you'd like to deploy a kite instance on it.
You'll need to add to your DNS config:
In the case of our example.com domain, this is what the config should look like:
|Record name||Record value||Record type||Time-To-Live|
|@||mail.example.com. (This is not a typo. The value ends with a '.')||MX||1h|
The rest of the install is pretty easy:
git clone http://github.com/khamidou/kite # Get the latest sources
sudo apt-get install fabric
cd kite fab setup -u root -H mail.example.com
fab tighten -u root -H mail.example.comRunning
tightendisables ssh password-based auth and setups fail2ban, among other things.
You're done! You now have a functional instance of kite running!
I really like gmail. I use it a lot. Google got a lot of things right when they designed it. However I'd like to be in control of my data, and to host it in on my own server.
A few months ago I decided to set up my own mail server so I started shopping around for potential solutions. A lot of the components that make an email server already work : Postfix for email handling, Dovecot for IMAP, Spamassassin for SPAM and ElasticSearch for searching.
Unfortunately, I didn't find a webmail that would cut it, so I decided to write my own. After a few months of coding, kite was born!
Kite is still very much alpha software : it can only display individual messages. I hope to get something a lot more useable in the next few months, though. I'll start with threading, gmail-style, and the old school compose.
The code and the issues are hosted on Github.
I use Jasmine and unittest.py for the tests.