How to Export Thunderbird MBOX to EML Files?

In this post, we will discuss how to convert Thunderbird MBOX to EML. We will also discuss the Thunderbird and why do we need to export Thunderbird emails to EML.

What is Mozilla Thunderbird?

It is a popular open-source email client. It is a local email client that is generally used by Windows, Linux, and Mac users. It allows you to use multiple email accounts by using IMAP and POP3 servers. Thunderbird, by default, stores all emails in the MBOX file format inside the Thunderbird profile. It supports add-ons that provide additional features and also offers many themes.

What is the MBOX file?

It is the most common file that is used by major email clients like Opera Mail, Apple Mail, Eudora, SeaMonkey, etc. MBOX stores messages in text and attachments in a Unicode format. All MBOX email clients are desktop-based and save all data on the local machine.

What is the EML file?

It is an email message saved by the email program. Microsoft Inc. developed this file for MS Outlook and Outlook Express. However, many major email clients support this file format, such as Apple Mail. The EML file can store multiple attachments. You can open the EML in Internet explorer.

Why people convert MBOX to EML file?

Many major email clients use the MBOX data file to store their data. But, the MBOX file has some limitations due to which many people switch MBOX to other file formats like PST, EML, etc. However, this is not the only reason. It also depends on user needs. For example, if you want to transfer Thunderbird emails to a different workplace, then you need to convert MBOX to EML files.

Limitations of the MBOX file

  1. It does not allow us to save individual email messages.
  2. Users can easily open the EML file in Internet Explorer, whereas this is not possible with MBOX.
  3. MBOX is not compatible with many clients. On the other hand, EML supports various email clients, including some major ones like MS Outlook, Windows Live Mail, etc.

How to export Thunderbird MBOX to EML file?

To convert MBOX to EML free, you can try the following manual methods. Both will help you perform the Thunderbird to EML conversion.

Export thunderbird MBOX emails to EML by using the save as option

  1. Open Thunderbird
  2. Select the mailbox folder.
  3. Select the emails that you want to convert. CTRL+A to select all
  4. Now right-click on the selected mail and click on the save as from the list.
  5. Select the folder and save the selected emails as EML.

Export MBOX to EML by using the Save Selected Message option

  1. Open Thunderbird
  2. Select the mailbox folder.
  3. Select the required emails and CTRL+A to select all
  4. Now right-click on the selected mail and click on the Save Selected Messages and choose the EML Format.
  5. Select the folder and save

Note: By using the Save Selected Message option, you can export thunderbird emails to HTML, PDF, CSV format.

Convert Thunderbird emails to EML by using ImportExporttools add-on

Mozilla Thunderbird gives a free ImportExporttools Add-On by using which you can save all messages into EML file format at once.

  1. Download and install ImportExporttools Add-On
  2. Open Thunderbird application
  3. Select Mailbox folder and right-click
  4. Select ImportExportTools and click on the Export all Messages in the folder option.
  5. Select EML format
  6. Select folder and save

You can also try the third-party SysCurve MBOX Converter tool. It will easily convert MBOX to EML file format. With this advanced software, you can export Thunderbird MBOX to PST, MSG, HTML, MHTML, and RTF format. You can also try the free demo version of this software. With the demo version, you can export the first 20 items per folder. This utility supports all versions of MS Outlook and Windows OS.

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