I would like to backup my email that I have already downloaded and stored in Evolution. I know there is an option in Evolution to backup your Evolution settings but how can you backup your mail accounts and mail.

Thank you.


You can create a backup by clicking File->Backup settings... in Evolution this will save you data and configuration.

Manually you should run evolution –force-shutdown first to make sure evolution is not using the files.

Then you can Backup:

  • ~/.evolution (this saves your data)
  • ~/.gconf/apps/evolution (and this your configuration)
  • I see the option File > Backup Settings. But does this not just backup the application preferences etc. or will it backup my mail as well? – Stephen J Nov 7 '10 at 10:50
  • The backup function in Evolution will backup everything: mail, calendar, notes. If you have multiple e-mail accounts as well. How mention c001os (except passwords). – i.raynov Nov 7 '10 at 10:59
  • Cool I'm happy with that :-) – Stephen J Nov 7 '10 at 11:07
  • Just be warned, by everything it means everything. So if you have a large mail history such as on Gmail it will backup all of that too. Even with Compression my backup is about 2GB. It's a shame that there isn't a configuration only option. – Adam Nov 8 '10 at 13:42
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    i cant find ~/.evolution anymore. File->Backup settings. approach is creating only 15kb file. I am expecting my email backup to be in gb – Lav Patel Aug 31 '19 at 15:52

The easiest way to backup all of your Evolution is to backup the (hidden) evolution folder in your home directory:


The simpliest way is go to File>Backup data (or something else). That will create an /home/yout_username/evolution-backup.tar.gz. This is the backup file with everything (except passwords).


Note that archiving ~/.evolution does not produce the same result as File>Backup

So, the two methods mentioned by in answers are not equivalent.

  • How are they different? – SaTa Sep 17 '20 at 1:06

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