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The Evolution PIM and Email Client


evolution [ -c|--component component ] [ -g|--geometry geometry ] [ --offline ] [ --online ] [ --force-online ]  [ --force-shutdown ] [ --disable-eplugin ] [ --disable-preview ] [ -i|--import filenames ] [ -q|--quit ]


Evolution is the GNOME mailer, calendar, contact manager and communications tool. The components which make up Evolution are tightly integrated with one another and act as a seamless personal information-management (PIM) tool.


This program follows the usual GNU command line syntax, with long options starting with two dashes (`-'). A summary of options is included below.

-c|--component component

Start Evolution showing the specified component. Available options are “mail”, “calendar”, “contacts”, “tasks” and “memos”.

-g|--geometry geometry

Apply the given geometry to the main window.


Start in offline mode.


Start in online mode.


Ignore network availability.


Forcibly shut down Evolution and background Evolution-Data-Server processes.


Disable loading of any plugins.


Disable preview pane of Mail, Contacts and Tasks.

-i|--import filenames

Import URIs or filenames given as rest of arguments.


Request a running Evolution process to quit.


The Evolution team, https://gitlab.gnome.org/GNOME/evolution/-/wikis/home


Aug 27, 2018