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Configure Eudora with Gmail Server & Fix All Problems [100% Working]

Configure Eudora with Gmail Server & Fix All Problems
Nilesh Kumar | Modified: 2022-02-21T11:54:50+05:30|Email Tips | 6 Minutes Reading

Eudora is a discontinued email client. But it still has a decent user base. Since it has had no official updates since 2006, it has many problems in the latest Windows platforms like Win 8, 10, 11. As a desktop email client, Eudora allows the configuration of Gmail and other webmail accounts. But, due to Google security regulations, Gmail servers have stopped supporting Eudora.

In this write-up, you will know how to make Eudora 7 work with a Gmail account. We will help you troubleshoot all certificate and security issues that you are facing. And make sure that Eudora works as intended.

Fixing Eudora

If your ISP upgrades its security, Eudora users will suffer (if it was working fine till now). This is a major problem. Plus, Eudora has problems with modern HTML codes. But, it has its own set of advantages as well like:

  • Displaying two mailboxes side by side
  • Using old email as a template for efficiency
  • Scheduling the emails in a queue list to send later

Many modern email platforms still miss some of these features. Eudora 8 especially is just a disappointment, as it’s simply a copy of Mozilla Thunderbird.

Anyhow, fixing Eudora, in general, requires many things:

  1. Changing Gmail security settings
  2. Allow Port numbers to show in Eudora
  3. Update the security files of Eudora
  4. Update the properties of the configured account

You just need to ensure these 4 things and we can guarantee that Eudora will work with Gmail servers without any hiccups.

Also, keep in mind that these are the proper settings when configuring Gmail in Eudora:

Just to clarify, all these actions we are performing, we carried them out on Eudora 7.

Changing Gmail security settings

Google places any application that it’s deemed “dangerous” in the less secure apps section. Even the giant email client Microsoft Outlook is placed there. It has a special setting to allow Gmail access to these applications. Here are the steps:

  1. Log in to your Gmail account.
  2. Click on the Security icon (Gear icon), and select the See all settings option.
    see all gmail settings
  3. Go to the Accounts and Import tab.
  4. Click on the Other Google account settings option.
    other google account settings
  5. In the new window, click on the Security tab.
    click on security
  6. Scroll down to the Less secure app access section and click on Turn on access. If it’s already on, just skip this method and move on to the next one.
    turn on less secure app access
  7. After ensuring that Allow less secure apps: ON, close the window.
    enable the option
  8. This step is over.

If you are going to configure a new Gmail account, ensure to enable the IMAP/POP option in it first:

  1. In the Gmail settings, click on Forwarding and Pop/Imap
  2. After that, scroll down and turn on the Enable IMAP option, and Enable POP for all mail (even mail that’s already downloaded)
    enable imap and pop in Gmail
  3. Scroll to the end of the page and Save the changes.

With this, we have weakened the configuration security of Gmail, making Google accept Eudora as a legitimate email client.

From this step forward, we are assuming that you have configured the Gmail account in Eudora and now need to deal with all the issues to make it work.

Allow Port numbers to show in Eudora

For Gmail configuration, it is important to set Port numbers. But, Eudora, by default has no such option. So, we will first enable this option and fill it up with proper port numbers.

  1. Quit
  2. Open the location where EUDORA is installed, by default it is C:\Program Files (x86)\Qualcomm\Eudora\
  3. Open the extrastuff folder
  4. Here, copy the epi file and paste it into the Eudora installation folder (just one folder higher) where Eudora.exe resides.
  5. Now, start Eudora mail client.
  6. Go to Tools and click on Options.
    tools | options
  7. Scroll down to the last of the category section and click the Ports
  8. Here, enter the following port numbers:
    1. SMPT Port – 587 or 465
    2. POP Port – 995
    3. IMAP Port – 993

    enter port numbers

  9. Click the OK

Using the port settings ensures that there are no problems when sending or receiving emails in Eudora. Our next step is to deal with the security standards of the Eudora email client.

Update the security files of Eudora

Although Eudora is an old email client, many programmers love it and are trying to bring it up to date, especially the security part. Hermes Mail is such a project.

To deal with SSL certificate rejected error in Eudora and update TLS 1.0 to TLS 1.2, this is what you need to do here:

  1. Quit Eudora.
  2. Open Hermes Mail project, and click on the Download button to download the files.
  3. Unzip the HermSSL.zip file, open the HermSSL folder.
  4. Run vcredist file to ensure that the supportive files are installed on your computer. You will get an error if it’s already present, so do not worry.
  5. Copy these 4 files (libeay32.dll, QCSSL.dll, rootcerts.p7b, ssleay32.dll) to Eudora installation folder (C:\Program Files(x86)\Qualcomm\Eudora).
  6. Allow overwriting/replacing the files.

Update the properties of the configured account

In this step, we are ensuring that the email account is configured with the correct settings. Eudora calls the email account Personality.

  1. Run Eudora
  2. Go to the Tools menu and click on Personalities
    tools | personalities
  3. Right-click on the personality/email account and select Properties
    properties of personality
  4. Enter these settings here:
    1. For IMAP account
      properties for imap account
    2. For POP account
      properties of pop account
  5. Click Ok.
  6. Now, right-click on the Personality again and click the Test
    test the eudora account
  7. There should be no errors. If there is an error, please recheck the settings, especially the Required alternate port option for sending and receiving.
  8. Download all the emails. You can use the Ctrl+M shortcut key for this. All the issues are resolved and you can now easily configure Eudora with Gmail and get it running.

Conclusion

With this list of 4 settings, we conclude our post on getting Eudora to work with Gmail. Every step described here has been tested on Eudora 7 and only after proper configuration and working on both IMAP and POP accounts did we write this blog. Hopefully, these settings will work well for you all as well.

We are also recommending an article if you have somehow decided to move from Eudora to Outlook.