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Backing up KMail

This section describes various backup solutions within KMail.


  • Folder → Archive Folder...

This feature is also available through the context menu launched with a right mouse button, then select Archive Folder.... This will open a dialog that allows you to create a single archive of the currently selected folder. The Folder: shows the currently selected folder, if you wish to change the folder to be archived click the folder icon. The Format: drop down menu allows you to choose a format (choices are: zip, tar, tar.bz2, and tar.gz). If you would like to change the default name or location, click the folder at the end of Archive File. Check the Delete folder and subfolders after completion if you would like everything you archived deleted. By default all subfolders will be archived, uncheck Archive all subfolders if you only want to archive the parent folder.

  • Settings → Configure Automatic Archiving...

This is a powerful tool that can be used to assist in backing up your email. First select the folder you would like to archive. Select the format you would like to save it in. e.g. .tar.bz2 in the drop down list. The archive filename will consist of the prefix Archive_, the path of the selected folder in KMail's folder list, the date in format year-month-day and the selected file extension e.g. Archive_Local Folder_inbox_2013-09-03.tar.bz2. By default Archive all subfolders is enabled. Uncheck this if you only want the parent folder archived. You can type in the location you would like to save your archive, or click the Open File Dialog button to select the folder. Select how often you wish to backup through the dropdown menus next to Backup each:. If you are limited on drive space you will want to set a limit on Maximum number of archive: If you have added or modified an archive job it will be executed automatically after closing the dialog. If you have already added mail archive jobs the Configure Archive Mail Agent dialog will list and allow to modify them. You can use the checkbox at the left of each entry in the list to enable or disable archiving of this job. Using the context menu launched with a right mouse button click on an archive job you can open the folder containing the archives or start the archive job immediately. This will overwrite an existing archive created earlier at the same day without notification.

  • Settings → Configure Folder Archive Agent...

This feature allows you to archive single emails to a specified folder. Please see Folder Archive Agent for details.


  • Tools → Export KMail Data...

This feature exports settings and local mail to a compressed file. Please see pimsettingexporter for details.

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