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Saturday, September 03, 2011

How to read mbox file in Thunderbird

In linux/unix based email systems, we usually archive mails in mbox format.  Although it is a common format, our Microsoft email clients such as Outlook just does not read mbox straightforwardly.
 
Now, we can use Thunderbird to recover emails out of the archives easily. The below steps apply to version 6.0.1.
 
1.    Download Thunderbird from http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/thunderbird/
 
2.    After installation, we have to setup an email account.  This is just like how we configure an account in Outlook.
 
3.    Next, we need to find out the folder location in Thunderbird.
 
Edit>Folder Properties
 
4.    Close Thunderbird and place our mbox archive in the folder.
 
5.    Restart Thunderbird and you should see the contents.
 
 

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