I want to configure Microsoft Exchange emails on Ubuntu the way I use it in Outlook on Windows XP. Please help me to find a good step by step article.


Ubuntu, by default, has the Mozilla Thunderbird e-mail client in it. Open up Unity's search bar, and search for "Thunderbird" (sorry if this sounds like a n00b). You can install plugins in Thunderbird to enable MS Exchange.

  1. Open up Thunderbird.
  2. Go to Tools>Addons.
  3. Type ExQuilla in the Search field.
  4. Install ExQuilla.
  5. Now exit and restart Thunderbird.

Now go to Tools-you will see ExQuilla in the options-and follow the steps to connect to Microsoft Exchange.

You have to consider that this is not a free tool:

Thunderbird email accounts, including contacts, connecting to Microsoft Exchange Web Services. This is a 60 day trial of a paid add-on.

License update:

Previously this required a paid license. Versions 52 and earlier still require a license, but beginning in March 2018, those licenses are distributed automatically without charge. Upcoming version 60 will not require a license.

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    ExQuilla is not free software, but is licensed on an annual basis. New users are granted a free 60 day trial license automatically. Oct 14 '14 at 9:27
  • License is only $10/yr for a single user at this point. That sounds worth giving it a 60 day trial to me.
    – flickerfly
    Jan 14 '15 at 18:23
  • Install and setup was dead simple. I've tried and failed at the Evolution method before, but this does autodetect flawlessly for my access. I expect I can expense this $10, but I'm likely to buy it even if I can't at this point. Already looks better than OWA.
    – flickerfly
    Jan 14 '15 at 19:37
  • this solution works sharming
    – catch23
    Mar 17 '15 at 11:45
  • Even after expiration, you can use free session licenses by requesting one through the settings every time you start up Thunderbird (twitter.com/exquilla/status/516625541898579969)
    – Prynz
    Aug 17 '15 at 8:42

By looking at your question, I'm quite unsure whether you exactly need Exchange itself or if it's just POP/IMAP which would be fine. Having said that, Exchange servers usually support POP and IMAP connections if I'm not mistaken. In which case, you can use clients like Thunderbird, Entourage.. etc. Nevertheless, this will not give the complete experience of the Exchange services. Anyhow, If you're to make a use of POP/IMAP service, it should be allowed from the Exchange side.

Now coming back to Exchange configuration; I've not tested it completely but Evolution worked well with mine.


Installing the client is pretty straightforward and available to install in official repo's (but I would still recommend to add your Ubuntu version when posting a question which will help us to assist better). Simply open the Ubuntu Software Center and search for Evolution, then hit on install as seen below.

Ubuntu Software Center - Evolution install

Email Configuration

Email configuration is pretty straightforward too. You can go through the process of adding a new mail account just like you do it on a Microsoft Outlook client. Meanwhile, I've found a video log on Connecting Evolution (On Ubuntu 11.10) to Exchange 2010 which may help you to further understand.

P.S. I do not know your Ubuntu version nor the Exchange version you're using. But above said process would follow the same mostly.

Hope this helps! :)

  • Thanks. I am trying Evolution but in the drop down list I cannot see option for Exchange. Is there anything missing? I am using Ubuntu 12.04 LTS.
    – Zeeshan
    Apr 16 '14 at 9:41
  • There should be.. Have a look into this > petenetlive.com/KB/Article/0000378.htm
    – AzkerM
    Apr 16 '14 at 13:22
  • Thanks. I missed installing one package. Now I can see Exchange MAPI. When I start adding server, and domain etc details then on pressing Authenticate button I get an error message "cannot create mapi folders in offline mode". I don't know what does it mean. It is step # 9 in above link. Any help?
    – Zeeshan
    Apr 17 '14 at 8:21
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    It looks like using Evolution is the best solution. The ExQuilla plugin for Thunderbird is not free and not perfect. Be sure to install evolution and the exchange plugin evolution-ews Sep 9 '15 at 13:59

Try www.hiri.com (I'm one of the founders) We built it exactly for this. Hiri can be installed in the Ubuntu Software app.

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It's not a client you can install, but you can use Outlook in your web browser now. It supports most everything you would have in a regular desktop client. This works well under Ubuntu and other Linux flavors.

  • I've just paid $20 for an Hiri annual license. We'll see how it goes. Jun 12 '20 at 15:25

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