How to move Evolution Mails (Linux Ubuntu) into Mac Mail

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by reblaus2501, Oct 3, 2012.

  1. reblaus2501 macrumors newbie

    Oct 3, 2012

    I currently moving from Linux Ubuntu towards Macintosh.

    Now I have a questions:
    Has somebody experience how to move Evolution Emails towards Mac Mail?

    Evolution Mail (Rel 2.28.3) -> Ubuntu Distribution 10.04

    Would be great if somebody could help.

    Many thanks in advance
  2. Stooby Mcdoobie macrumors 6502a

    Stooby Mcdoobie

    Jun 26, 2012
    Evolution is just an email client like Mac Mail. Sync your accounts to Mail and all your emails will be there.
  3. BrianBaughn macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2011
    Baltimore, Maryland
    True if the OP has an IMAP account. If on POP and the emails are deleted from the server, then the emails won't show up on the Mac. In which case they could be exported from Evolution in a fashion that the Mac could import. I think you can "save as" mbox from Evolution, which should work.

    I would advise the OP to get an IMAP account if the current one isn't.
  4. Stooby Mcdoobie macrumors 6502a

    Stooby Mcdoobie

    Jun 26, 2012
    You're right. I often forget to mention POP, as most services are configured to IMAP by default now.
  5. samh macrumors 6502

    Oct 29, 2009
    Some large ISPs still don't even offer IMAP, let alone default to it.
  6. r0k macrumors 68040


    Mar 3, 2008
    I, too went from Linux to OSX. I didn't have (current) stuff in Evolution, but I did have several gig of ancient email sitting in windows eudora. Without so much as a windows box under my roof, I looked for a way to import that old stuff and found it in Mozilla thunderbird.

    Here is what you can do assuming your email lives in Evolution and nowhere else. ( Needless to say if you are using IMAP, you need do nothing but point to your email server and it all just shows up.)

    1) "import" your email to thunderbird from evolution
    2) get a gmail account and set it up using imap
    3) drag email you imported to thunderbird into a new "folder" underneath your gmail account. What this does is upload all that old mail to google.
    4) connect apple mail to your gmail account using imap and all that email is now sitting in

    More info here...

    The article is written as if everything is happening on Linux, but the steps are presumably the same running thunderbird on your Mac, after you've found and copied over evolution's mbox files to your Mac.

    I had to do this to get old email imported from Eudora into and searchable from Thunderbird is a nice "go between" email client that knows how to import a great many formats and Evolution is one of them.

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