How to migrate from Ximian Evolution to Mozilla Thunderbird

I've always liked Mozilla Mail -- when I have to use Windows, it's my preferred email client. So naturally I've kept an eye on the Mozilla Thunderbird standalone email application and given it a test drive or two. When the latest release hit the Internet a few weeks ago I decided that perhaps, as with the Firefox browser, it was finally time for me to make the switch. Switching Web browsers is a comparatively easy task; essentially the only data you have to worry about moving is your bookmarks. An email client, on the other hand, may archive thousands of old messages you can't just leave behind, and you need to move your server settings and address book to the new program as well. Here's how I migrated away from Ximian Evolution to Mozilla Thunderbird. I'll point out some of the pitfalls you'll want to avoid when making such a move yourself.

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September 15, 2004 08:46 AM | Posted in Mozilla


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In navolging van mijn eerdere berichtgevingen over mijn overstap van Eudora naar Thunderbird is dit artikel van zeer de moeite waard.

Site icon TrackBack from Overstap van Ximian Evolution naar Thunderbird at September 15, 2004 09:27 AM | Permalink

Hej Henrik,

Har du erfaringer med at importere mail fra Mozilla til Thunderbird ?

Jeg er efterhånden træt af Mozilla som mailprogram, men har ikke kunne finde en nem måde at switche på.


Comment by Mikkel at September 15, 2004 04:13 PM | Permalink

Keg regner med at vi snakker POP3?

Den nemmeste måde at "konverte" fra Mozilla Mail er at oprette en ny account i Mozilla Thunderbird og så blot kopiere filerne under Mail i din profil over. Så kunne al din mail være der.

Med IMAP ligger dine mails jo på servere så det er super nemt.

Site icon Comment by Henrik Gemal at September 15, 2004 06:47 PM | Permalink

Jeg glemte at skrive det var pop3, beklager.

Jeg prøver det senere i aften, tak for tippet.


Comment by Mikkel at September 15, 2004 07:32 PM | Permalink

Since most of the conversion tools are quite old or don't work for me, or are otherwise unusable, i created a perl script to to exactly this job. At this time its just proven to convert my addressbooks form Evolution to Thunderbird. But if users tend to use it, i will make improvements, if there is some time. It converterts a fully filled Evolution Contact Sheet, into a fully filled Thunderbird Contact Sheet in the most simple way.

Greetings, astifter

Comment by astifter at December 9, 2004 02:27 AM | Permalink

I used this method:
1. Use the 'save addressbook as vcard' option under File menu in evolution.
2.Go to the following url:
3. You have to fill in the location of the vcard file in the input box. They even have a 'Browse' button which you can use.
4. Download the LDIF file created.
5. In thunderbird click 'Address book' and use 'Tools->import...' and rest is easy.


Comment by C K Shayin at October 15, 2006 03:15 AM | Permalink

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