Using Webmail

Webmail provides a secure means for accessing your CS e-mail from outside (or inside) the department using a web broswer.


Webmail is not as feature-rich as some mail clients, but it can provide a useful and secure connection to your e-mail when all you have available to you is a graphical web browser, such as Firefox or Internet Explorer, which supports an encrypted (ie, secure) connection.

Webmail supports the following features:

  • Folder and mailbox browsing
  • Message compose and send
  • Compose spell checker
  • Contacts (address book)
  • Folder management
  • Preferences
  • Various languages

The only storable preferences currently supported are: full name, e-mail address, language, and signature.

Sent mail (messages that you send) is saved in a mailbox named sent-mail in the mail folder (mail) in your home directory,


To run Webmail, you will need:

  • A GUI web browser that supports tables, JavaScript, and SSL (Secure Socket Layer)
  • JavaScript enabled (set in your browser Preferences)


To use Webmail, go to and login with your CS UNIX username and password (not your Duke NetID).

Please refer to the Roundcube Roundcube User's FAQ page for additional information.


Our Webmail installation is configured to only allow connection to the CS IMAP e-mail server.

Webmail is written in PHP, and uses a MySQL database back end.

If you have any questions please contact the Lab Staff.