Can Thunderbird use existing mailfolders?

NoOp glgxg at
Tue Apr 29 17:22:44 UTC 2008

On 04/29/2008 08:04 AM, Karl Auer wrote:
> Hi there.
> After a long time using Evolution, I want to use Thunderbird, basically
> because the crypto integration is better.
> But: I have  lot of emails in a folder structure in maildir format. With
> evolution I just set up an account with the "Receiving emal" "server
> type" set to "Mailbox in maildir format", and away it went.
> I can't find anything similar in Thunderbird, but I don't know the
> software very well yet.
> Any suggestions? I'd rather not run an actual local IMAP server, since
> all the data is right there....
> Regards, K.

I am not sure. However, because Evo uses mbox format, you can import all
of your existing Evo msgs into TB this way:

1. Download the import extension:
[Scroll down to the bottom of the page and download:
to your hard drive.]

2. Open TB and select Tools|Add-ons|Install - navigate to where you
stored the xpi file, select it and install it. Restart TB.

3. In TB: Click on your top email account (the main account above inbox,
drafts etc), then Tools|Import/Export in mbox...|Import mbox file|Select
a directory...|OK| - you may have to do Ctrl-H to see your hidden
directories - navigate to .evolution/mail/local/ - click Open. You will
now be asked "Do you want to import the file "<name>"? Select OK. You
should now have your Evo inbox and sentbox. Now do the same, only this
time navigate to .evolution/mail/local/inbox/Inbox.sbd (inbox
subdirectories), and import your subdirectory mails.

You will find that all the msgs now in TB folders and are marked as unread.

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