This widget consists of an icon with counter which shows number of unread emails:
and a popup message which appears when mouse hovers over an icon:
To install it either clone EmailWidget project under ~/.config/awesome/ or download a .zip archive and unzip it there.
After provide your credentials in python scripts so that they could connect to server and add following lines in your rc.lua file:
How it works
This widget uses the output of two python scripts, first is called every 5 minutes - it returns number of unread emails and second is called when mouse hovers over an icon and displays content of those emails. For both of them you’ll need to provide your credentials and imap server. For testing they can simply be called from console:
Number of unread emails
This script prints out number of unread emails:
Subject and sender of email
And this prints subject, sender and sent time of the email. Since content of email sometimes can be in HTML I decided not to parse it because it could be quite tricky.
Now let’s combine everything together in lua file:
Note that getting number of unread emails could take some time, so instead of pread or spawn_with_shell functions I use DBus, you can read more about it in this post.