Learn here how to Convert MBOX to EML

Users face many limitations when using Thunderbird to send emails in MBOX format, so they try to move from MBOX to EML format. The EML format is supported by Windows Live mail, which has many features. So, here we’re focusing on the methods to convert MBOX to EML. This blog first explains the reasons behind this conversion, and then all methods are provided.

Why MBOX to EML Conversion is needed?

As there are many difficulties in MBOX format as compared with EML that are faced by the users.

  • With MBOX format, no one can save individual messages whereas EML can save.
  • In MBOX, no one can search an email easily but with EML this can be done easily.
  • MBOX is supported by some email clients like Thunderbird whereas EML is supported by many email clients like Outlook and Windows Live Mail.
  • MBOX file can open only in Internet Explorer whereas EML file can be open in any text editor or notepad.

That’s why users want to transfer MBOX file to EML file to make the things easy. Now, let us explore some manual methods to export Thunderbird to Windows Live Mail. If you are having EML files and want to convert EML to Thunderbird MBOX then this can also be done easily.

Easy Steps to Convert MBOX to EML File Format

Follow the steps below for MBOX to EML conversion:

Method 1: Using the option “Save As” Or “Save Selected Messages”

I. Steps by using “Save as”-

  • Press CTRL+A to choose all the email messages or choose a particular email message to export.
  • Right-click on the selected message.
  • Select the “Save As” option from the File tab and choose the EML file type option.
  • Choose the path to store the converted file using the “select folder” option.
  • At last, you will get your EML file.

II. Steps by using “Save Selected Messages”-

  • Press CTRL+A to choose all the email messages or choose a particular email message present in the current folder to export.
  • Right-click on the selected message.
  • Then right-click on the chosen message and select “Save Selected Messages” and choose “EML Format”.
  • Choose the path to store the converted file using the “select folder” option.
  • At last, you will get your EML file.

Method 2: Using the built-in ImportExporttools Add-On

Thunderbird Mozilla has a special built-in feature i.e ImportExportTools. This feature can easily convert MBOX to EML format in a single step. Download it and after this follow the below steps:

  • First, open Mozilla Thunderbird.
  • Then go to the menu bar and choose “Tools” and hit on “Add-on”.
  • Go to setting icon and select “Install add-on from file”.
  • Choose downloaded “importexporttools-3.2.4.1-sm+tb.xpi”. Then hit the “Open” button.
  • Press “Install Now” button. Wait for its completion and then hit on the “Restart Now” button.

Once you have done that, you can use it to export messages into EML format using below steps:

Now, you can use it for exporting MBOX messages in EML file format. Follow the below steps:

  • Open Thunderbird and choose the folder to export.
  • Right-click on the selected folder followed and then select “ImportExportTools”.
  • Select “Export all Messages in the folder”. Choose the “EML Format”.
  • Choose the path to store the converted file using the “select folder” option.
  • At last, you will get your EML file.

If none of these solutions works then you can choose a third-party tool i.e MBOX Converter. This utility helps you to move all MBOX files into EML files at a time. By this tool, you don’t need to have the technical knowledge to run it. It maintains data integrity ensuring no data loss. So, it is recommended to use this method to export Thunderbird to Windows Live Mail. Also for saving your time and get a quality result quickly.

Endings!!

This write-up explained all the reasons for moving MBOX file to EML files with manual solutions. A direct method also is given in this guide for converting MBOX into EML quickly. I hope that you will find this guide helpful and become satisfied with the given solutions.

About: Nisha Yadav