Evolution 3.12

How to upgrade Evolution Email Client to 3.16 on Ubuntu 15.04

Evolution is the default email client application for Gnome desktop environment. It is considered to be an alternative for Microsoft outlook, it is a free software and combines the features of email client, calendar, address book, and note taking application. Evolution was developed in 2000 and it has been receiving continuous updates from developers till now, it has emerged as an important part of GNOME desktops. With Ubuntu 15.04 out now, GNOME desktop still contains bit old version of Evolution, in the article, we will see how to upgrade this app to latest version and its prominent features.

Prominent Features

Evolution has a long list of feathers to its cap, here are some of the noteworthy salient features in the latest releases.

  • Support for advanced email encryption mechanisms like GPG and S/MIME
  • Major enhancements in search and filter features
  • SpamAssassin and Bogofilter support for reduction of spam emails
  • iCalendar, WebDAV and Google Calendar support
  • LDAP and Google address book support for contact management
  • Import for Address book to LibreOffice
  • RSS feed plugin

Upgrading/Installing Evolution 3.16

By default,  Ubuntu 15.04 GNOME comes with Evoltion 3.12 which is bit older version.

Evolution 3.12

If you are looking for a way to upgrade to the latest 3.16 version, you are on the right place. Here are simple steps to follow, first of all backup your Evolution data and run following command to remove old version of evolution

sudo apt-get remove evolution

Now run following command on your terminal to add Evolution PPA repository to your package manager.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:fta/gnome3

evolution add PPA

Run following command to update your package manager with new repo added.

sudo apt-get update

Run following command on your terminal to install Evolution version 3.16 on your favorite operating system.

sudo apt-get install evolution

install evolution

That’s all, launch Evolution client from Applications menu and you should be able to see it running on latest version.

Evolution 3.16


Evolution is a well organized, pretty stable and most widely used GNOME application. Although with the introduction of many free third party email client software, Evolution has still not lost its charm, pretty much because of constant development and bug fixes. We hope you find this article useful, let us know in comments please.

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14 thoughts on “How to upgrade Evolution Email Client to 3.16 on Ubuntu 15.04

  1. This is nice BUT when using Ubuntu or some of its cousins, it still installs the old version (in my case 3.10.*). So, if I would like to install the new version (3.16.*) then I got stuck with the old one.

  2. I’m using Trusty…, and experiencing same issue. 3.10 seems default, ppa not updating. Tried using ppa-purge, but don’t know proper usage.

  3. Great instructions. Evolution 3.16 installed perfectly on Ubuntu Gnome 15.04 following these instructions. I like the new “archive” feature of 3.16.

  4. I am on elementary OS Freya, it still installs Evolution 3.10 with these steps. I would like to have version 3.16, any
    help highly appreciated.

  5. Same here, on Mint 17.2 I get evolution 3.10.4-0ubuntu2

    Is there something else that we need to upgrade first? Some other gnome3 components?

  6. I followed these steps, and ended up with Evolution 3.18.5. I have Ubuntu 16.04 installed, maybe that makes a difference? :)

    • Indeed ! With Ubuntu 16.04, it appears Evolution repos are updated, that might be cause for the installation of newer versions!

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