Send and Receive Your Hotmail messages through Evolution

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If you want to use you Evolution mail client to send and receive your hotmail messages use the following procedure.

First, make sure your system is up to date. Open up a terminal and type

sudo apt-get update

First You need to install the inet daemon

sudo apt-get install inetutils-inetd

This takes care of all of our dependencies.

Next You need to install pop3 server and hotsmtp

sudo apt-get install hotway hotsmtp

This will install hotway, which allows you to read hotmail e-mails by simulating a POP3 server, and hotsmtp, which allows you to send e-mail through hotmail using SMTP.

By default, however, only hotway gets installed properly to your inet daemon, so let's fix this.

sudo gedit /etc/inetd.conf

Look for the following line

pop3 stream tcp nowait nobody /usr/sbin/tcpd /usr/bin/hotwayd

By default, hotway leaves a copy of each message it downloads on the server but if you don't feel like filling up your hotmail box, change the line to add "-r" to the end, complete line looks like below

pop3 stream tcp nowait nobody /usr/sbin/tcpd /usr/bin/hotwayd -r

And we also need to add a line to get hotsmtpd working, just paste the following line at the bottom of the file

2500 stream tcp nowait nobody /usr/sbin/tcpd /usr/bin/hotsmtpd

This will set the inet daemon to listen to incoming calls on port 2500, and forward the connection to the hotsmtp daemon. Now, save your file, exit gedit, and restart your inetd server using the following command

sudo /etc/init.d/inetutils-inetd restart

If everything is working properly, you'll see the following pop up on your screen

* Restarting internet superserver inetd [ ok ]

Now, close out of your terminal and start up Evolution. It may pop up the first-time use wizard, you can use that if you like. Or, you may have to go to Edit->Preferences and hit the Mail Accounts button on the left. However you choose to do it, here's your information:

Email Address: [email protected] (fill in your normal e-mail address that you use to login to hotmail)

Receive Server type: POP
Server: 127.0.0.1
Username: xxx@ho[email protected] (same as above)
Security: No encryption
Authentication type: Password
(Remember password checkbox is up to you)

Send Server type: SMTP
Server: 127.0.0.1:2500
[X] Server requires authentication (check this box)
Use Secure Connection: No encryption
Authentication Type: PLAIN
Username: [email protected] (same as above)
(Optional Remember password checkbox)

Important Update

Re: HOWTO: Send and Receive Hotmail through Evolution
Installation of hotwayd as described in the first post is no longer needed. It is mentioned earlier in this thread, but that info gets snowed under because every time new posts are added…

Since some time now, you can use the following settings just like any regular POP account:

Code:

Incoming server: pop3.live.com
Username: your_username @hotmail.com
Use secure connection: SSL
Authentication type: password

Outgoing server: smtp.live.com
Server requires authentication: yes
Security: SSL
Authentication type: plain

With these settings, you should be able to get is working without going through the hotway daemon (on 127.0.0.1) …

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157 thoughts on “Send and Receive Your Hotmail messages through Evolution

  1. Nope not working for me.

    Get the same error as a few of the folks above, asking for my password over and over again.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    N.B I’m on @hotmail.co.uk if that makes any difference.

    Thanks

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  2. not working ,…!!!

    having problems with starting up Evolution. This message
    “Unable to connect to POP server 127.0.0.1.
    Error sending username: -ERR Please log in with USER first
    Please enter the POP password for xxxxx on host 127.0.0.1″

    is there any solution???

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  3. I have set-up my demon e-mail account OK

    I wanted to add my HOTMAIL account, (for non-business communications)

    BUT when I run sudo gedit /etc/inetd.conf I find a empty file, checked this with ls -l /etc/*.conf

    I have tried uninstalling and re-installing inet deamon

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  4. Can anyone assist with this please.

    ========= Send/Received========================
    Unable to connect to POP server 127.0.0.1
    Error sending password -ERR Unable to find folder inbox on remote server

    Please enter password for ****@hotmail.co.uk on host 127.0.0.1
    ===============================================
    Ubuntu 8.10

    Tried most alternatives..!
    Any ideas?

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  5. THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!! Worked like a charm for this Ubuntu newbie. I just did the copy-paste and it worked on the 1st try. :) The Ubuntu community TOTALLY ROCKS!

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  7. -ERR Please log in with USER first

    If you get that error then, like me, you forgot to add “@hotmail.com” to your username.

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  8. keep getting error saying: Unable to connect to POP server 127.0.0.1.
    Error sending password: -ERR Unable to find folder inbox on remote server. Am using Ubuntu Desktop 8.10 Thanks for your time….

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  9. Hi all, I get the same error as a lot of others here.
    Unable to connect to POP server 127.0.0.1.
    Error sending password: -ERR Unable to find folder inbox on remote server
    Does anybody have a solution for a frustrated Linuxer.

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  10. This guide worked for me without any problem at all, such a joy to detach MS live hotmail from the webpage. In a kind of returning the favour kind of thing it may be worth noting the below.

    For some countries MS Live is now accesssible by a direct pop3 and smtp set of servers. Check here for the exact details.

    http://windowslivewire.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!2F7EB29B42641D59!32413.entry

    Tis a bit quicker for my ol’ netbook and seems to be quite reliable

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  11. damn it! Somebody says IT WORKED! Somebody says ERR…. I have the same error and let somebody tell us what to do! I’m sick and tired of this. Whatever “Great” article I’m not gonna use Evolution.

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  12. i have the same problem

    Unable to connect to POP server 127.0.0.1
    Error sending password -ERR Unable to find folder inbox on remote server

    Please enter password for *****@hotmail.com on host 127.0.0.1

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  13. I’ve got 2 hotmail accounts. One for me which is working fine, the other one for my wife that is given the
    Hotmail said you must pay money to have WebDAV access error message. Both are configured exactly the same on the same computer
    Does it need to have any special settings done via their webpage to allow the account to work with hotway?
    Regards Agent

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  14. Hey a command doesn’t work
    fros-develop@fros-develop-desktop:~$ sudo /etc/init.d/inetutils-inetd restart
    sudo: /etc/init.d/inetutils-inetd: command not found

    Can someone helpt me with this

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  15. Hey, it’s not workin for me. The “sudo apt-get install hotway hotsmtp” step gives me “E: couldnt find package hotway”

    Anywone know how to fix?

    help a linux beginner out!

    I’m running ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope

    Have a nice one

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  16. Just for the record here, as Guv999 says, the new answer thanks to Hotmail changes is this:

    Re: HOWTO: Send and Receive Hotmail through Evolution
    Installation of hotwayd as described in the first post is no longer needed. It is mentioned earlier in this thread, but that info gets snowed under because every time new posts are added…

    Since some time now, you can use the following settings just like any regular POP account:

    Code:

    Incoming server: pop3.live.com
    Username: your_username @hotmail.com
    Use secure connection: SSL
    Authentication type: password

    Outgoing server: smtp.live.com
    Server requires authentication: yes
    Security: SSL
    Authentication type: plain

    With these settings, you should be able to get is working without going through the hotway daemon (on 127.0.0.1) …

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  17. I’ve tried changing the settings in Evolution to match those shown above. But for some reason, Evolution still won’t Send. Keep getting message:

    Error while performing operation. Could not connect to smtp.live.com: Connection timed out.

    Any ideas.

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  18. I just set up the hotmail in my evolution acct

    Set up as a pop acct
    Incoming server: pop3.live.com:995
    Username: your_username @hotmail.com
    Use secure connection: SSL
    Authentication type: password

    Outgoing server: smtp.live.com:587
    Server requires authentication: yes
    Security: TLS
    Authentication type: plain

    These are the settings recommended for Outlook 2007 from the ms live support site
    My incoming worked before without the port ID,
    But outgoing would not work until I had port 587 with TLS

    Hope this works for you!

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