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This widget for the Apple Dashboard announces the arrival of new mail. It is a direct extension to Apple Mail. But Apple Mail does not have to run all the time in background. The usage is very simple and intuitive. Download it and try it yourself.


MailWidget is available for Dashboard for four years now and is still being improved constantly with commitment. If MailWidget is an indispensable Widget for you and you would like to express your esteem to me, the author, then consider whether you want to support this project with a small donation. However you decide, MailWidget remains free for everyone.



Version 3 of MailWidget was completely rewritten using Dashcode in order to fulfil the demands of the users. If you experience problems with MailWidget or you want to give feedback, don't hesitate to contact me.


In Yosemite: if your are encountering problems verifying your account's password, then try going in to Mail's preferences > Accounts > (select your Account) > Advanced (tab) and uncheck the SSL setting and check it back to update the port number.

If your company or institute upgraded to Windows Server 2008 R2 you will run into trouble using Exchange unless you update curl. Microsoft changed the NTLM authentication protocol which is implemented in curl through reverse engineering. To update curl I recommend to install MacPorts and get the latest version of curl.

If you experience problems after updating, you need to log off and log in again or reboot your computer to make all changes effective.

The support for Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard has been dropped. The latest version that will support Leopard is 3.56.

That was not an easy decision for me, especially as there is a bug in Dashcode for Snow Leopard which limits the developer. But the decision came while updating the Growl-Plugin. Growl has dropped support for PowerPC and ultimately supports only intel CPUs. There is no way to get around. So I complied with Growl and the bug in Dashcode making MailWidget now intel-only. That allows to maintain compatibility with OS X Lion and finally take advantage of newer versions of WebKit. All changes made from version 3.56 to 3.57 only affect Snow Leopard and Lion and do not change the functionality.

Version history

New in version 3.61

New in version 3.60

New in version 3.59

New in version 3.58

New in version 3.57

New in version 3.56 (if you are using Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard then you want this one)

New in version 3.55

New in version 3.54

New in version 3.53

New in version 3.52

New in version 3.51

New in version 3.50

New in version 3.08 (if you are using Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger then you want this one)

New in version 3.07

New in version 3.06

New in version 3.05

New in version 3.04

New in version 3.03

New in version 3.02

New in version 3.01

New in version 3.00

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