Preferably natively (Exchange mode), so that my calendar, etc, all sync up properly. It was working fine under our old version of Exchange (2007?), but broke with the upgrade to Exchange 2010. Done the usual remove the account, re-add, etc. Prefer not to drop down to IMAP mode for mail only.

  • Note: I've also been unable to get IMAP to work between the latest Evolution and Exchange. Evolution IMAP works fine against other servers... Jan 27, 2010 at 20:12

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Yes, it should work. You can install it by the following command:

sudo apt-get install evolution-ews

or less recommended way:

sudo apt-get install evolution-mapi

And then execute evolution.

  • Thanks for the update. Looks like it should work now as it has specific connectors for 2007+. However, I'm unable to confirm as Evolution starts with a big white screen with 2 unmarked buttons and no text anywhere on my current system... :-) Nov 27, 2012 at 15:22
  • Execute evolution from the console and check for any errors which can point you to the problem.
    – kenorb
    Nov 28, 2012 at 8:31
  • Nothing that looks applicable to the problem. Throws a series of errors about failing to create config files for my user, but nothing involving display/fonts, etc. Nov 28, 2012 at 12:53
  • Heh. Interestingly enough if I do X over SSH from another machine it works fine. Throws all the same errors both ways, but just doesn't work locally. Go figure. :-) Oh, and it talks to the server just fine now, guess it got an update at some point. Nov 28, 2012 at 13:40
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    "Official" Gnome documentation recommends evolution-ews over evolution-mapi.
    – ulidtko
    Mar 13, 2014 at 12:53

Heres some more information that might be helpful,

Connecting Evolution Mail Client to Exchange 2010



As far as I know (and I am battling with the very same issue), this doesn't work. After configuring the connector, and entering the password, a message pops up saying that the server runs version 5.5 of MS Exchange and the connector is not compatible. You don't get any further errors, and you can download the list of folders, but you can't open any of them. This is the state of play as I experience with Evolution 2.22.

  • Well, thanks for the confirmation. I guess it's not just me. :-( Feb 11, 2010 at 14:01
  • exchange 2010 works perfectly for me with MAPI.
    – lunixbochs
    Aug 31, 2011 at 17:36

I am having a similar issue.

I have two computers at home and installed on both of them Ubuntu 10.04. But in one (laptop) I just upgraded through the Update Manager from 9.10, while on the other (desktop) I did a full reinstall with a CD (and forgot to backup the Evolution data).

Well, the results have been different on both, regarding Evolution. In the laptop, I can still see and download emails from my job's Exchange Server. While on the desktop, Evolution seems to connect and see the server, but nothing is downloaded. I even removed the account a couple of times, to see if I had mis-configured it.

My next step is to backup the Evolution data and setup from the laptop and copy it to the desktop. I will let you know the outcome.

Hopefully, this piece of information might help you.

Update (5/26/2010)

Just tried it and worked! I backed up my Exchange account from my laptop, and restored it into my desktop Evolution program. Then I pressed "Send/Receive" and new emails where downloaded.


DavMail Gateway 4.5.0 worked smoothly with Evolution 3.4.4 for accessing mail, calendar, and corporate directory on Exchange 2010 SP1 from Debian Wheezy.

It is fairly quick and easy to setup:

  1. Download the Debian package from the developers on the DavMail website, for example v4.5.0:

    wget http://superb-dca3.dl.sourceforge.net/project/davmail/davmail/4.5.0/davmail_4.5.0-2292-1_all.deb
  2. Install the package

    sudo dpkg -i davmail_4.5.0-2292-1_all.deb
  3. Obtain URL of Exchange server (skip if you know it)

    The EWS plugin for Evolution can help discover the URL:

    sudo apt-get install evolution-ews

    Start the 'Add a new account' wizard in Evolution. Fill in name and your Exchange email, choose 'Exchange Web Services' for server type, fill in your username and hit Fetch URL. Cancel the wizard.

  4. Create ~/.davmail.properties

    # Paste the Exchange server URL discovered in previous step
    # Choose ports above 1024 to be able to run as regular user
  5. Launch davmail in a terminal to see the output in case something goes wrong. For a permanent setup, see here for an init script.

  6. In Evolution add an IMAP+ mail account

    Server: localhost
    Port: 1993
    Security: No encryption
    Auth Type: Password

    (It is safe to be unencrypted, this is a localhost connection between client and davmail only).

  7. Add an address book:

    General tab:
     Type: On LDAP Servers
     Server: localhost
     Port: 1636
     Security: No encryption
     Login method: Using distinguished name (DN)
     Login: <your.corporate.windows.domain>\<username>
    Details tab:
     Search base: ou=people
     Search scope: Sub
  8. Add a calendar:

    Type: CalDAV
    URL: caldav://localhost:8443
    Username: <your.corporate.windows.domain>\<username>
    User email: <your exchage email>
    Browse server for a Calendar -- you should find you calendar there



When my Company mail server upgraded from Microsoft Windows Exchange Server 2003 to Microsoft Windows Exchange Server 2007 my Evolution mail client stopped receiving mail (in Ubuntu).

I got the network administrator to allow access to the server via IMAP. Evolution had no problem connecting via IMAP.


you also need to add python-samba in Ubuntu 13.04

sudo apt-get install python-samba

Obviously, for those using debian based apt-get. Given that Kenorb's answer was accepted by Brian one is led to assume that apt is the package manager.

  • Well, perhaps it's required, but no... First off, my distro doesn't use apt... Secondly, yast auto resolves dependencies so there's no need to go manually installing extra libraries. Aug 5, 2013 at 11:37
  • @BrianKnoblauch This comment for future reference of anyone encountering this question only: Apt also auto-resolves dependencies, but there was a bug whereby Ubuntu's evolution-ews wasn't marked as having a dependency on python-samba but did have such a dependency in actuality. I believe it's now been resolved.
    – Darael
    Mar 30, 2014 at 10:16

Evolution Preferences

Note: In Account editor change the option Encryption Method "Security", select the option "SSL on dedicated port".

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