Configure Microsoft Exchange email on Ubuntu

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.

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! :)

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