evolution(1) groupware suite for GNOME containing e-mail, calendar,


evolution [OPTIONS] [MAILTO]


This manual page briefly introduces the evolution command. Evolution is a graphical groupware suite, a single application for reading and sending e-mail and for managing calendars, address books, notes, to-do lists and memos. It is written for the GNOME graphical desktop.

An optional MAILTO expression can be specified, typically invoked from another application. An example MAILTO expression is `mailto:[email protected]`. This will open a new composer window with an empty e-mail to `[email protected]`. More advanced expressions are also supported, but should conform to RFC 2368.

For a more detailed explanation of Evolution, please see the Help menu.


-?, --help
Show a help message listing all the options and their meanings.
-c, --component=COMPONENT
Start Evolution by activating the desired component. COMPONENT is one of `mail', `calendar', `contacts', `tasks' or `memos'.
Start in offline mode.
Start in online mode.
Ignore network availability.
Start in "express" mode.
Forcibly shut down all Evolution components.
Disable loading of any plugins.
Disable preview pane of Mail, Contacts and Tasks.
-i, --import
Import URIs or file names given as rest of arguments.
-q, --quit
Request a running Evolution process to quit.
X display to use.
X display to use.
X screen to use.

In addition, the usual GTK+ and GNOME command line options apply. See the output of --help for details.


Evolution was originally developed by the company Ximian, now a part of Novell. Evolution is now part of GNOME, and many people have touched the code. See the "About" item in the "Help" menu for a list.

This manual page was originally written by Lars Wirzenius for the Debian system.