import outlook express mail to evolution

Peter N. Spotts pspotts at
Sat Feb 23 22:46:25 UTC 2008

On Sat, 23 Feb 2008 17:35:46 -0500
"geoffrey froner" <geoffrey.froner at> wrote:

> I'm intro-ing my friend to Linux.  She has several hundred emails
> archived from her Outlook Express account and although we can unzip
> them, we are not able to get Evolution to read them.  We cant convert
> them to .cvs files because her Outlook program is broken.  I've
> looked in the Ubuntu forums but could find no help there.  Please
> tell us how to do this or how to convert them to text files easily.
> Geoffrey


Try this:

It basically asks you to install Thunderbird on the Windows machine,
then import your Outlook emails to T-bird. T-bird and Evolution use the
same email format (mbox), so you can just copy the T-bird email files
into the correct Evolution subdirectory. It may not be elegant, but I
suspect it will work.

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