How to transfer kmail2 messages to Thunderbird?

Mark Greenwood fatgerman at
Sun Dec 30 17:34:07 UTC 2012

On 30/12/12 17:29, Clay Weber wrote:
> The default location for email is /home/username/.local/mail

Not for anything stored in the Akonadi framework it isn't :( but your
point is good.

You might find something in


I *think* kmail still stores 'Local Folders' mail here. This will be
maildir format and Thunderbird should be able to read it.


> Thunderbird has an import feature that should be able to import your
> email as kmail uses the standard maildir format iirc.
> What email client you use is ultimately up to you. I personally can't
> stand tbird for the same reasons you don't like kmail. If you can,
> using imap instead of pop makes switching clients much easier, and you
> can choose to have your mail cached locally if you want local copies,
> or create filters that move or copy messages to a local folder.
> kubuntu <kubuntu at> wrote:
>     Hi all,
>     I am fed up with kmail taking so long to do things and hogging the 
>     system.  I thought I would try Thunderbird, I installed it and set up 
>     accounts but I can not find my old mail which I need.
>     Where is kmail2 mail stored and can it be exported?
>     How can Thunderbird import the old messages?
>     Is Thunderbird a good choice or would another program be more suitable 
>     as a kmail replacement?
>     Why is everything so complicated, after all I just want to receive pop2 
>     email and save the history.
>     Please help a frustrated user.
>     Thanks
>     Paul
> -- 
> Sent from my Android phone with K-9 Mail.

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