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Native Method to Backup Zimbra mailbox in Local Drive

In 2005, the Zimbra collaboration suite was released for worldwide use to manage different types of email data items in the cloud. This is the best alternative of Microsoft Exchange and Google Workspace and it has various users around the world.

Considering the sensitivity of the data and fear of losing it, many users take backup of Zimbra mailbox. Any business and individual user can read this post to create a backup of Zimbra mailbox in the local drive.

More About Zimbra Email Client

As a collaboration suite, it includes an email server and web client. The user can install the Zimbra desktop application or access the data through a web browser. It is an open-source application for online management, sharing, and collaboration.

Creating a backup of a Zimbra mailbox refers to saving a copy of the stored data along with all the items. It protects the user from loss, system failure, and accidental deletion.

Native method to save Zimbra mailbox backup

Zimbra suite interface has a built-in feature to export Zimbra mailbox in TGZ file format.  By following the below method, user can easily restore their data from any type of corruption and data loss.

  • Open the Zimbra Desktop email client and click on the Preference button at the right top corner.

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  • Now in the left sidebar, choose the Import/Export option under your account.

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  • Select the folder you can save in backup then OK
  • Go to the Export window and press on Export button

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  • Save the destination path and press the save button to download Zimbra mailbox in TGZ format.

This is a free method to backup Zimbra mailbox in a local drive. However, most user requires some additional conversion option from Zimbra that’s not possible through Zimbra interface.

Restore Zimbra mailbox using a Professional Application

The free method helps every level of user to save backup in .tgz file format. However, users need a compatible file format to import TGZ mailbox to other email clients like Microsoft Outlook, Office 365, Windows Live Mail, etc.

MailsDaddy software works for user demand and requirements so we have created a solution called Zimbra Converter. It helps users to export Zimbra TGZ files to PST, Office 365, and various other file formats with all folders and items. With a GUI interface, the application is easy to navigate for novice users.

Users can use it for business and individual purposes to change Zimbra mailbox in desired platform.

For more information, you can read here: Zimbra to Outlook Migration


Backing up the Zimbra database is a strategic step towards transitioning work environments smoothly. Both manual methods and third-party tools offer valuable assistance in enhancing performance. Utilizing the free demo edition of our software enables users to migrate a sample of items from each folder, providing a glimpse of its efficiency. For further inquiries or assistance, feel free to reach out to our dedicated support team. We’re here to ensure a seamless migration experience tailored to your needs.

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