Importing Outlook Express Emails Into Thunderbird And Evolution - Page 4

6 Evolution - Importing Contacts

To import the address book into Evolution, we must open Thunderbird on our Linux desktop again. Open Thunderbird's address book and go to Tools > Export...:

Select a location to store the exported address book:

Afterwards, you can close Thunderbird.

In Evolution, go to File > Import... again:

The Evolution Import Assistant comes up again:

Choose Import a single file:

Then pick the address book file you've just created with Thunderbird (it should have the extension .ldif):

Select On This Computer > Personal as the import location:

Then click on Import:

The contacts are being imported:

Afterwards, all your Outlook Express contacts should be listed in Evolution:


Falko Timme

About Falko Timme

Falko Timme is an experienced Linux administrator and founder of Timme Hosting, a leading nginx business hosting company in Germany. He is one of the most active authors on HowtoForge since 2005 and one of the core developers of ISPConfig since 2000. He has also contributed to the O'Reilly book "Linux System Administration".

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By: Adam Stanley

I just wanted to say thanks, and as a total Newbie to Ubuntu, I found your article superb. One area I had difficulty with was installing Thunderbird On Ubuntu, until I realised there was an Add/Remove (synaptic?? )in the Applications menu.

I seperately googled that, and got caught in some moments of awareness as I realised there were command line methods, and utility applications as well as me trying to make the whole thing too hard.

It might improve your article to 100% if you hyperlinked that one sentance to instructions (for the linux repressed) on how to install Thunderbird. It may not improve it either - just a thought I share with respect.

None the less, I am so deeply grateful to you for taking the time to prepare that document - I am now windows free with my accounts running in Crossover on a really old toshiba laptop breathing a new lease of life.

Kind Regards,