Evolution client with Outlook Exchange

I wanted to add an Email account (of type Web Exchange Web Services) to my list of Evolution email accounts.

The process with the account wizard works a treat, including finding the URLs (EWS and OAB) of the exchange server. All goes well right up to the end of the wizard, except that the new account is not added to list of mail accounts. (I had already installed the evolution exchange libraries, etc.).

The only thing I can think of is that the server domain includes a proxy. But where/how could I enter the proxy server URL details in the wizard process?

I notice that in the wizard’s Account Summary the Receiving and Sending Server Types are given as ‘ews’, but all fields for Server / Username / Security are empty

Thanks in advance for any help!



The plot thickens!

Actually, I went through the account set up process several times, trying different configuration options, ending each time with ‘apply’. In no case did Evolution display any newly created account in the left-hand window. Restarting Evolution did not help either.

However, after logging out (of Gnome) and logging in again, all seven (!) Exchange accounts were displayed at last, all of them trying at the same time, apparently, to fetch my emails from the Exchange account, together with my standard (default) POP account (from another provider). No attempt to disable the accounts (even all of them, including the ‘On this Computer’ account) achieved anything. Evolution is locked into the process of downloading emails and cannot be terminated. If I kill Evolution (with (e.g. ‘kill -9 <pid>’), reboot and restart Evolution, Evolution tries again to fetch emails from all (8) accounts, and can only be terminated with ‘kill -9 <pid>’.

My Evolution configuration is really screwed up, it seems!

Another thing I notice now, in retrospect: Evolution has,anyway, never displayed my standard default POP account (in the left-hand window). Somehow, the emails were downloaded into the Inbox of the ‘On this Computer’ local account.

Does anyone know how I can reset Evolution to start again with a completely new slate? For example, where are the configuration data? There is apparently, no (hidden) directory called ‘.evolution’ in my home directory. Where does Evolution keep my emails? (By the way, I do not care about throwing away all my mails, since I still have everything under Thunderbird).

Thanks for any help!


I’m not an Evolution user (I much prefer Thunderbird) but


Note: If you run Evolution 2.32.0 or later version, ~/.evolution directory will be gone and the files will be partitioned into three base directories which are by default:
|The user’s data files
|Various configuration and state files
|Disposable data caches

Thanks, this is very helpful. Those files did not show up with the Gnome file search utility, although I set the flag to show hidden files.

I am trying to switch from Thunderbird to Evolution because Thunderbird support for Exchange Web Services seems to be almost non-existent. I also wanted to use the Calendar / Tasks / Memo functions that are offered by Evolution.

I have actually succeeded in resetting the account zoo in Evolution and am now trying to get contact with my Outlook account via the remote Exchange Server, but not with much success. Every time I start Evolution it asks me for my Exchange password at least three times and again two or three times when I initiate the Send/Receive process. The mails are not fetched and there is an error “No Response. Method not allowed.”

I am close to giving up…:frowning:

hnimmo wrote:
> I am close to giving up…:frowning:

You could try the Evolution mailing list


I have to connect to an Exchange server for my work email and calendar services. I use DavMail + Thunderbird with no issues at all.

DavMail POP/IMAP/SMTP/Caldav/Carddav/LDAP Exchange Gateway

That is a debian package. Right? How does that install on OpenSuse?

openSUSE packages are here:


I merely gave you the other link to show you how it works and how to configure etc. It is not difficult, and is the way most Linux users connect to Exchange servers when they have to.

Thanks! I wasn’t expecting to find it among the Opensuse repositories. :shame:

However, DavMail does not seem to behave as expected, e.g. no icon in the system tray, so I am unable to configure it at all…what next?

(I have OpenJDK7 and I also installed eclipse-swt for good measure (but what for?))

On 2013-10-11 23:26, deano ferrari wrote:

> I merely gave you the other link to show you how it works and how to
> configure etc. It is not difficult, and is the way most Linux users
> connect to Exchange servers when they have to.

Maybe, it is possible to do it using fetchmail. However, integration
with any reader is more complex if you are not used to it.

Cheers / Saludos,

Carlos E. R.
(from 11.4, with Evergreen, x86_64 “Celadon” (Minas Tirith))

I now have switched successfully to Evolution, but more by luck that judgement!

I think the solution was to enter the account as an on-line account under the Gnome system settings. (Is that a feature that was added by DavMail, I wonder? (Davmail also works with Evolution))

Anyway…problem solved :slight_smile:

Cheers and thanks for all the assistance

Just to complete the picture, I have removed DavMail from my configuration and everything still works. So, if I understand things rightly, Opensuse12.3/Gnome 3.6.2/Evolution 3.6.4 are already configured by default to work with Exchange Server 2007. One only has to install the Exchange Web Services (EWS) and add an on-line account under the Gnome System Settings, and bingo…:slight_smile: (So much for all the hassle with add-ons and adding accounts in Evolution…not necessary!)

I don’t know why you didn’t manage to figure DavMail out. I simply have it set to run via the desktop autostart (/usr/bin/davmail). An icon appears in system tray. It will run with ANY email client. Anyway, glad you got Evolution EWS plugin to work for you.

Same here, both is oS 11.4 and 12.1 x86_64 running KDE4. Note that davmail is a java package, you just unpack in any directory under your ~/ and run the executable.

It works well except when sending e-mails with relatively large attachments (1MB or more). Since the server connection is slow, Thunderbird usually times out with an error about “image sent successfully but error copying message to sent folder” - although it does do the copy, usually twice, but more if the attachment size is larger. Changing the timing settings in davmail makes no difference, but it’s a glitch I can live with - it’s still much better than using MS webmail cr*p.

I have now updated to OpenSuse 13.1 and added the EWS-plugin to get my Webmail account working as before. It works, yes. But …

…approximately every second time I start Evolution, the EWS account hangs with the message ‘Loading…’. There is no problem with my other pop-mail account, only the EWS account remains inaccessible for the entire session (i.e. it never completes ‘Loading…’).

I can quit evolution and start it again, and maybe this time the EWS mails are there and accessible.

Does anyone else have a similar experience?


This sound like it might be related to https://bugzilla.novell.com/show_bug.cgi?id=851865 – see also: https://forums.opensuse.org/english/get-technical-help-here/applications/492275-13-1-evolution-ews-could-not-scan-exchange-folders.html

My original problem with evolution-ews was a little different than yours – but again, it could be related.