First I thought switching from MS-Outlook to Linux Evolution mail client will be easy. Evolution does not offer any easy method to import data directly from Outlook. After searching bit, I found solution:
MS-Outlook -> Import using Mozilla Thunderbird Under Windows -> Import using Evolution under Linux
You know, that is why I like the idea of using an IMAP server. No need to worry about import and export stuff. All you need to do is reconfigure Evolution/Thunderbird under Linux.
Anyway here is what I did to migrate from MS-Outlook to Linux client:
Step # 1: Import mails from Outlook using Thunderbird
- Download thunderbird for Windows XP
- Install Thunderbird
- Start Mozilla Thunderbird
- Do not setup Thunderbird as your default email client.
- Since this is your first run, it will prompt you to import mail and other settings.
- At Import dialog box, select Mail > Next
- Select Outlook > Next
- Within few minutes it will migrate all emails from Outlook to Thunderbird. Click Finish and shutdown Thunderbird application.
Step # 2: Transfer Thunderbird mail to Linux desktop
First, you need to find out your profile folder under Thunderbird application (you can also use Windows Explore to find out Thunderbird profile folder):.
Click on Start > Run > Type the command
And hit [Enter] key
Type the following commands to locate Profile folder:
C:> cd %APPDATA%\\Thunderbird
C:> cd Profiles
Now locate directory called “Local Folders”. Again use CD command to go to Local Folders:
C:> cd “Local Folders”
C:> cd “Outlook Mail.sbd”
Copy all files from “Outlook Mail.sbd” folder to USB pen or use network connection to copy files to your Linux home-directory (~/.mozilla-thunderbird)
You are done. Now you can open mail using Linux thunderbird client.
Step #3: Import mail to Evolution
Copy all mails (files) from ~/.mozilla-thunderbird to ~/.evolution/mail/local directory.
Or, use GUI tools. Open Evolution > Click on File > Import. This will start Evolution Import Assistant program. Now just follow on screen instruction.
This is fine, if you have 1-2 desktop system. Now, just imagine having 250+ desktop system migrations from Outlook to Evolution. If anyone aware of bulk import or export method just comment it back below :)
- Donâ€™t forget to visit mozillazine migration articles. It will save lots of time for sure :D