Sep 23, 2021 | Email Conversion

Top 5 Methods to Export Thunderbird to EML Files

By Deepak Singh Bisht


Mozilla Thunderbird is an open-source email client. Many Windows, Linux, and Mac users use it as their default email program for sending and receiving emails. Thunderbird allows users to use multiple email accounts. It supports IMAP and POP3 servers. It also supports add-ons that provide additional features. But sometimes, users convert Thunderbird emails to EML or other file formats for data sharing, backup, and migration purposes.

But sometime user needs to export their emails into other email platforms like Apple Mail, Outlook, etc. To access emails in Outlook or Apple Mail, users need to convert Thunderbird emails to EML format.

In this post, we will discuss how to export Thunderbird email to EML. If you also want to convert and export Thunderbird emails, then this post will be helpful for you. But before we discuss the ways to export Thunderbird to EML format, let us discuss the EML file.

What is the EML file?

EML is a popular file format developed by Microsoft for MS Outlook and Outlook Express. However, many major email clients such as Apple Mail, Thunderbird, Windows Live Mail, etc., support this file format. An EML file stores the message, subject, recipient, sender, date, and multiple attachments.

How to export Thunderbird emails to EML format?

To convert Thunderbird to EML, you can try manual and third-party solutions. Both will help you to do Thunderbird to EML conversion. Here, we will discuss all the possible ways to export Thunderbird email to EML format.

Method 1: Export Thunderbird to EML using the Save as option

  1. Open Thunderbird
  2. Select the mailbox folder.
  3. Select the emails that you want to export. Use CTRL+A to select all
  4. Right-click on the selected mail and click on the save as option.
  5. Select the folder where you want to save
  6. Click on Save to start Thunderbird to EML conversion.

Method 2: Convert Thunderbird to EML using the Save Selected Messages

  1. Open Thunderbird
  2. Select the mailbox folder.
  3. Select all emails using CTRL+A
  4. Right-click on the selected mail and click on the Save Selected
  5. Choose EML format from the list
  6. Select the folder and click on the Save button.

With the help of the Save Selected Messages option, you can export thunderbird to TXT, PDF, MBOX, HTML, CSV, and Plain Text format.

Method 3: Convert Thunderbird emails to EML using ImportExporttools add-on

  1. Download and install ImportExporttools Add-On
  2. Close and Open Thunderbird application
  3. Select Mailbox and right-click on the selected folder
  4. Select ImportExportTools and select Export all messages in the folder option.
  5. Select EML format from the list
  6. Select the folder where you want to save exported EML files and click on the Save button.

Using the ImportExporttools add-on, you can also export thunderbird folders to HTML, PDF, CSV, and Text format.

Method 4: Export Thunderbird email to EML using Drag and Drop Method

  1. Open Mozilla Thunderbird
  2. Select the folder you want to export
  3. Select all emails using CTRL+A
  4. Now, drag all the emails and drop them into the Desktop folder
  5. After the process, all emails will convert to EML format.

Method 5: Export Thunderbird to EML using Thunderbird to EML Converter

In this method, we are going to use SysCurve MBOX to PST converter. With the help of this tool, you can quickly convert Thunderbird MBOX to EML format. This tool is equipped with the functionality of Thunderbird to EML converter.

  1. Download and install the MBOX Converter
  2. Click on Browse File and select Thunderbird/Postbox option
  3. Click on the Browse button, select the Thunderbird folder and Click on the OK button.
  4. After the loading process, the software will generate a preview inside the software dashboard
  5. Click on the Export option and select folders that you want to Export
  6. Select EML as an Export option and provide a location where you want to save the EML files
  7. Click on the Export button to start Thunderbird to EML conversion

Other helpful features

  • Convert Thunderbird MBOX to EML, MSG, PST, HTML, MHTML, and RTF format
  • Advanced search and filter options
  • Perform selective conversion based on To, Subject, From, Cc, Bcc, etc.
  • Free conversion for the first 20 items from each folder
  • Support all version of MS Outlook and Windows OS

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I open EML files in Thunderbird?

Yes, you can. First, you have to import EML files in Thunderbird. After that, you can open EML files in Thunderbird.

How to convert Thunderbird emails to HTML format?

With the help of SysCurve MBOX to PST Converter, you can convert Thunderbird to HTML format. This software also allows you to convert and export Thunderbird emails to EMLX, HTML, MHTML, and other file formats.

Can I export Thunderbird to TXT?

Yes, you can export Thunderbird emails to TXT format. To perform this conversion, follow the steps below.

  1. Open Thunderbird and select the mailbox folder.
  2. Select the emails that you want to export.
  3. Right-click on the selected mail and select the Save selected messages option.
  4. Choose Plain text format and click on the OK button
  5. Provide a location where you want to save the file and click on Save to start Thunderbird to TXT conversion.

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