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About Kolab Clients

Any standard client can connect to the various services a Kolab Server provides, e.g. Email (SMTP, POP3, IMAP), iCalendar services (Email), Addressbook/Management (LDAP) or Freebusy lists (HTTP).

For an integrated groupware experience, more is needed. Clients must understand the Kolab2 storage format and have necessary features, like setting access controls dealing with iCalendar emails and freebusy lists. Any non-web client must also offer offline support and should do electronic signatures.

We encourage anyone to implement Kolab features in their email, addressbook or organizer applications. An entry in the following list of potential Kolab clients subsequently does not necessarily mean endorsement.

Clients for Kolab 2

KDE Client: Kontact

License: Free Software - GNU GPL
Status:
  • Kontact enterprise35 (e35): stable
  • Kontact enterprise5 (e5): beta
  • Kontact Touch: beta
Homepage: http://www.kontact.org

The KDE Kolab Client is based on other KDE software like Kontact, KMail, KOrganizer and KAddressbook. All development of the Kolab community is done within the KDE software repository and contributed directly to KDE. It runs whereever KDE runs. KDE 3.5 is suited for POSIX and GNU like systems, e.g. GNU/Linux. KDE 4 will also run in Mac OS X and Windows, checkout the roadmap.

Sooner or later all Kolab feature come with the regular releases of KDE, more precisely from the KDEPIM team. In addition there are special branches of KDEPIM that cater specifically to enterprise users. The Kolab community helps to maintain theses branches.

  • Kontact enterprise 35 (e35)
    For use in production grade systems, we recommend the "enterprise35" branch of KDEPIM, which can be build on to of KDE 3.5.
  • Kontact enterprise 5 (e5)
    Enterprise5 is the current desktop version of Kontact for GNU/Linux, Windows and Mac OS X, based on KDE4.
  • Kontact Touch
    Kontact Touch is a port to touch screen devices (like mobile handsets or tablets). Currently, it works on Maemo, MeeGo and Windows Mobile 6.5. Read the KDE Kontact Touch page for more details and screenshots.
Check out the Kontact download section and the roadmap for the upcoming Kontact versions.

The old branch "proko2" is for KDE 3.2, 3,3 and 3.4 versions. Branch "enterprise4" was for first Kontact versions for Windows, Mac OS X and GNU/Linux - based on KDE4.

Bynari

Bynari Connector 4.0 for Microsoft Outlook

License: proprietary, with a gratis 30 day evaluation
Status: stable, v4.0 for Kolab 2
Homepage: http://www.bynari.net

The Bynari Outlook Connector is a complete Outlook MAPI Message Store Provider. It keeps Outlook synchronized to the IMAP server, providing an Exchange-like experience for the end-user. The Connector gives users a complete Kolab Groupware/Collaboration experience with full support for calendaring, contacts, tasks and notes.

The Bynari Connector 4.0 for Microsoft Outlook supports the Kolab 2 XML Storage format and the Kolab 2 server. It features several performance enhancements, sieve rules/vacation notification, mobility support for cradle sync, enhanced offline support and more.

The Bynari Connector supports Outlook 2010 (32 bit & 64 bit) as of January 2011. Messages are instantly accessible.

KONSEC

MAPI Storage Provider for Microsoft Outlook: KONSEC Konnektor

License: proprietary, with a gratis 30 day evaluation
Status: stable, v2.3.x for Kolab 2
Homepage: http://www.konsec.com

The KONSEC Konnektor is a Microsoft MAPI Storage Provider supporting the Kolab 2 XML Storage format and the Kolab 2 server. It was designed to be interoperable with all Kolab 2 clients and special attention was given to support Microsoft ActiveSync (Pocket PC PDAs) and Palm Pilots. The KONSEC Konnektor fully supports Kolab 2 shared public folders including folders containing calendars, tasks and contacts. In case features are required which cannot be properly expressed using the current Kolab XML format a fallback to TNEF is configurable.

The most recent major release added support for Outlook 2007, Microsoft Vista and large mailboxes (more than 2 GB). Synchronisation is now very fast and efficient.

Webclient: Horde

License: Free Software (GPL)
Status: stable, v3.3 ("Horde Webmail Suite" v1.2.9), integrated in Kolab Server since v2.2
Homepage: http://www.horde.org

Horde allows users to access their server mailboxes and have full groupware functionality available. If you would like to contribute join the kolab-devel mailing list. All contributions are welcome.

The Kolab Server comes with version 3 of the framework. A Kolab backend for Horde 4 is currently under development. Instructions on how to obtain and install the webclient can be found here.

SyncML interface via Horde

License: Free Software (GPL)
Status: stable, v3.3, integrated in Kolab Server since v2.2
Homepage: http://wiki.horde.org/SyncML

The Kolab Server offers a SyncML interface through the Horde Webclient. It allows users SyncML-capable mobile phones to access the Kolab-provided PIM-functions. In this szenario email will be handled by an IMAP client on the mobile device.

Z-Push: ActiveSync interface

License: Free Software (AGPLv3)
Status: stable, integrated in Kolab Server since v2.3.0
Homepage: http://z-push.sourceforge.net

Z-Push allows users of ActiveSync-capable clients to access their server mailboxes and have Kolab-provided PIM-functions available. If you would like to contribute join the kolab-devel mailing list. All contributions are welcome.

Kolab-WS: Kolab functionality as web-service

License: Free Software (AGPLv3)
Status: stable
Homepage: http://evolvis.org/projects/kolab-ws/

Kolab-WS extends Kolab to provide Kolab functionality as a web-service. Kolab-WS was originally part of Syncphony, which utilises Kolab-WS since their split.
Further details are provided in Kolab-WS's wiki.

Syncphony: A Funambol connector

License: Free Software (AGPLv3)
Status: stable
Homepage: http://evolvis.org/projects/syncphony/

Syncphony (initially "kolab-sync") is a Funambol connector, connecting Kolab-WS with a Funambol sync-server, thus enabling all devices supported by Funambol (e.g. "feature phones" and "smart phones") to synchronise their PIM-Data with a Kolab Server.
Further details are provided in Syncphony's wiki.

Thunderbird plugin: SyncKolab

License: Free Software (Mozilla MPL)
Status: stable
Download-Page: http://addons.mozilla.org/addon/sync-kolab/
Developer-Page: http://synckolab.mozdev.org
Homepage: http://www.gargan.org/en/Mozilla_Extensions/SyncKolab/

SyncKolab was written to add Kolab functionality to Thunderbird, Icedove and Seamonkey, each optionally with the Lightning calendar-plugin. SyncKolab utilizes selected IMAP folders to synchronize them with the local address book, calendar and tasks. It has been successfully tested under Thunderbird for Windows, Linux and MacOSX.

SyncKolab 1.5.x works with Thunderbird 3.0, Icedove 3.0 and Seamonkey 2.0, as well as newer (i.e. higher) versions of these email-clients. Very recent releases of Thunderbird, Icedove and Seamonkey might be only supported by the SyncKolab-Nightly (download-link), which also provides improvements, but may as well contain regressions, compared to the lastest stable release of SyncKolab.

For calendaring and tasks, a suitable release of Lightning for the installed Thunderbird-, Iceweasel- or Seamonkey-version must be used.

evolution-kolab

Evolution extension: evolution-kolab

License: Free Software (LGPLv2.1)
Status: beta
Homepage: http://live.gnome.org/Evolution/Kolab/

evolution-kolab extends GNOME's Evolution and Evolution-Data-Server (EDS) to become a full-featured Kolab-client.
Besides an Evolution-"EPlugin", evolution-kolab provides the following extensions to EDS: A "CamelProvider" named "kolab2", an "ECal"- and "EBook"-backend for Kolab, along the Camel-/EDS-libraries "libekolab", "libekolabutil" and the conversion-library "libekolabconv", which transforms iCal from and into Kolab-XML.

Currently installable binary packages for Ubuntu 10.04 LTS "Lucid Lynx" are provided via a Debian-repository.
Building and installing binaries for Debian 6.0 "Squeeze" works, any packaging effort is very welcome.

Kolab Sync for Android: kolab-android

License: Free Software (GPLv3)
Status: beta
Homepage: http://code.google.com/p/kolab-android/
Developer-Page: http://gitorious.org/kolab-android/

The kolab-android connector synchronises Android's addressbook and calendar to an IMAP-folder in the Kolab2 format.
More information can be obtained through kolab-android's wiki, mailing-list and its original announcement.

Kolab Sync for Outlook: kolab-outlook

License: Free Software (GPLv3)
Status: alpha
Homepage: http://code.google.com/p/kolab-outlook/

The kolab-outlook connector synchronises Outlook's contacts and calendar to an IMAP-folder in the Kolab2 format.
More information can be obtained through kolab-outlook's wiki, mailing-list and its original announcement.