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doveadm-import - Import messages matching given search query


doveadm [-Dv] import [-S socket_path] source_location dest_parent search_query
doveadm [-Dv] import [-S socket_path] -A source_location dest_parent search_query
doveadm [-Dv] import [-S socket_path] -u user source_location dest_parent search_query


This command can be used to import mails from another mail storage specified by source_location to one or more user's mailboxes. All the mailboxes are imported under the given dest_parent mailbox, or to root level if dest_parent is empty (""). The search_query can be used to restrict which mailboxes or messages are imported.

In the first form, doveadm(1) will executed the import action with the environment of the logged in system user.

In the second form, the mails will be imported for all users.

In the third form, the mails will be imported only for given user(s).


Global doveadm(1) options:

Enables verbosity and debug messages.
Enables verbosity, including progress counter.

Command specific options:

If the -A option is present, the command will be performed for all users. Using this option in combination with system users from userdb { driver = passwd } is not recommended, because it contains also users with a lower UID than the one configured with the first_valid_uid setting.

When the SQL userdb module is used make sure that the iterate_query setting in /etc/dovecot/dovecot-sql.conf.ext matches your database layout. When using the LDAP userdb module, make sure that the iterate_attrs and iterate_filter settings in /etc/dovecot/dovecot-ldap.conf.ext match your LDAP schema. Otherwise doveadm(1) will be unable to iterate over all users.

-S socket_path
The option's argument is either an absolute path to a local UNIX domain socket, or a hostname and port (hostname:port), in order to connect a remote host via a TCP socket.

This allows an administrator to execute doveadm(1) mail commands through the given socket.

-u user/mask
Run the command only for the given user. It's also possible to use '*' and '?' wildcards (e.g. -u *
When neither the -A option nor -u user was specified, the command will be executed with the environment of the currently logged in user.


The name of the destination mailbox, under which the mails should be imported. doveadm(1) will create the dest_parent mailbox if it doesn't exist.
Copy messages matching this search query. See doveadm-search-query(7) for details.
This argument specifies the mailbox format and location of the source location. The syntax is the same as for the mail_location setting. For example: maildir:/backup/20101126/jane.doe/Maildir or mdbox:/srv/mail/john.doe/mdbox:ALT=/nfsmount/john.doe/mdbox


This example imports all mails from a backup under a backup-20101026 mailbox:

doveadm import -u \
mdbox:/backup/20101026/jane.doe/mdbox backup-20101026 all

Another example that imports only messages from in the backup mdbox's INBOX to jane's INBOX:

doveadm import -u \
mdbox:~/mdbox-backup "" mailbox INBOX from

See Also

doveadm(1), doveadm-fetch(1), doveadm-search(1), doveadm-search-query(7)


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