Import Thunderbird emails to Kmail

It is not the first time I use KDE, actually my first steps with GNU / Linux they were about debian-etch with KDE 3.x, and one of the applications that I like the most about this Desktop Environment es kmail your mail client.

The thing is, I've always used Thunderbird with an account POP and I needed to get all my emails to kmail. The process is really easy and the end result is splendid. How do we do it?

1- We open kmail and set up our account.

2- Once this step is finished, we will File »Import Messages. There we select the option: Import emails and folder structure from Thunderbird / Mozilla.

3- We go to the next step by clicking on: Next and automatically the wizard detects the folder .thunderbird our / Home. We can select the complete folder, or we can go searching until we find the folder Email.

4- The wizard begins to copy all the messages and their corresponding folders to a new folder. We wait for it to finish and that's it. We will only have to organize and move the folders in kmail.

This wizard also has other very interesting options, such as:

  • Import files mbox.
  • Import from OS X.
  • Import from Opera.
  • Import from Sylpheed.
  • Import from Outlook Express.

Among other…


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  1.   ertavarez said

    Greetings Good Tips.

    Now how do I get that Smooth effect on MAC OS style fonts?

    1.    elav <° Linux said

      I've never played a Mac OS in my life to know what you mean by Smooth Efect .. 😕 Can you tell me what you mean?


      1.    ertavarez said

        Smooth Font if you do not know what it is and less in Ubuntu that also exists that the hell you do on these sides.

        1.    KZKG ^ Gaara <"Linux said

          Maybe, if you spoke in Spanish, elav I would have understood you the first time.
          Anyway… elav, he refers to "Font Smoothing", that is, antialiasing in fonts.

  2.   Manual said

    You don't know how to import messages from windows live mail to kmail?
    In truth, that would be of great help to me.

    1.    elav <° Linux said

      No idea. I do not have accounts of that type, what I can think of is to do the following:

      - I create an IMAP type Kmail account with Live Mail data (I don't know if it will be possible to do this).
      - I drag the messages from the IMAP account to the Local account in Kmail.

      But I'm telling you, I don't know if it will be possible to do this.

  3.   ertavarez said

    @elav what Linux distribution do you use

    1.    KZKG ^ Gaara <"Linux said

      He is not here at the office now, he will be back tomorrow. Anyway I answer you for him 😀
      Use LMDE (Linux Mint Debian Edition), or Debian only.

      In the comment of each user you can see what distro he uses, as well as the browser he used to access our site, for example I use ArchLinux + Firefox, you use Windows7 + Chrome, etc. 😉

  4.   KZKG ^ Gaara <"Linux said

    I'm migrating from Thunderbird to KMail almost 2GB of emails, that's hundreds of thousands HAHA.
    I have a 500MB SWAP because I thought I would never use it, and I also have 2GB of RAM. I had to activate Nepomuk and Akonadi to do this more reliably, and I have the SWAP at almost 400MB consumed and my RAM at 1.6GB consumed, damn this is scary JAJAJAJAJAJA

  5.   Mykeura said

    elav it has been more than 3 years since you wrote this article. But the process of importing emails from Thunderbird to Kmail is still just as easy.

    Thanks for the tutorial.

    I finally have my emails back in Kmail. So I think I will have to uninstall Thunderbird.