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Thread: Transferring Mail from Thunderbird to Evolution or Kmail

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2008

    Transferring Mail from Thunderbird to Evolution or Kmail

    Hello, I use thunderbird for quite a long time. When I imported (?) My mail box my yahoo! mail, they were removed from the box. Now I would like an e-mail software that is more in tune with my graphical environment, so is evolution (gnome) or Kmail (KDE). if possible, all my configuration thunderbird all my mails, mls mails from my inbox, my drafts, my contacts Is there a trick to recover all proper? A program that could help me? Thank you for your help!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2008

    Re: Transferring Mail from Thunderbird to Evolution or Kmail

    Thunderbird go to Edit->Account Settings... and select the account you want to import the mails from, then select the sub-entry Server Settings and look for the Local Directory text field. It should look like:


    If you 'ls' this directory, you will find a collection of files and directory. Lets take Inbox for instance. We have:
    * Inbox.sbd directory
    * Inbox.msf
    * Inbox

    Inbox.sdb is a directory containing all subdirectories and their messages that you might have create under Inbox folder in thunderbird.

    Inbox.msf is a file containing a summary of your emails for better performance.

    Finally, Inbox file contains your mails in a mbox format!!! This is the file you want to import in Evolution. In Evolution click on File->Import. This will open up a wizard window. Click Forward, choose Import a single file, click forward again. In the new window, open up the file browser, and make your way to /home/user/.mozilla-thunderbird/gfdse2df.default/Mail/ . Mind that you might need to right click in the file browser window to enable the "Show Hidden Files".
    Select your Inbox file and that's it. Evolution is going to import your thunderbird files. If you created a lot of sub directories, you will have to go through every files (without the .msf extension) and sub-folders under Inbox.sbd.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2008

    Re: Transferring Mail from Thunderbird to Evolution or Kmail

    From Thunderbird you can export your contacts (Address Book) to several formats. Since our aim here is to import these back into Evolution, use either csv or ldif. This is how you do it.

    In Thunderbird,
    • Go to Address Book
    • Select the address book you want to export, then
    • Click "Export" from "Tools" menu (Tools --> Export)
    • In the dialog give a name and a location to save the export
    • Select either "Coma Separated" or "LDIF" as type
    • Then click "save" to export

    Now that exporting is compleeted, we can move into import these from Evolution

    In Evolution,
    • Go to Contacts Window View
    • Click File --> Import
    • Go ahead and select "import a single file" option when asked
    • Select the file we created when exporting from Thunderbird
    • Then import the contacts

    Note: It's better to create a new address book to import the contacts, but it's rather your choice.Now the contacts are imported and ready to go.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2008

    Re: Transferring Mail from Thunderbird to Evolution or Kmail

    make sure kmailcvt is installed. Use Synaptic Package Manager to get it.
    then in Kontact/Kmail use File -> Import Messages to import messages from Thunderbird.

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