How to Open MBOX files using Mozilla Thunderbird 2021

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How to Open MBOX Files Using Mozilla Thunderbird – MBOX files contain email archives. For example, when you download the Gmail archive from  Google Takeout, you’ll get an MBOX file containing all your emails.

How to open MBOX files using Mozilla Thunderbird
How to open MBOX files using Mozilla Thunderbird

How to open MBOX files using Mozilla Thunderbird

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1. Download Mozilla Thunderbird

Our favorite application for opening MBOX files is the open-source Mozilla Thunderbird application. To get started,  download Mozilla Thunderbird and go through the install process. Mozilla Thunderbird is available for Windows, macOS, and Linux.

2. Launch Mozilla Thunderbird and Prepare an Account

If you have never used Mozilla Thunderbird, you will see the “ Set Up Your Existing Email Address ” dialog box the first time you open it. Click ” Cancel ” to continue.

Launch Mozilla Thunderbird and Prepare an Account
Launch Mozilla Thunderbird and Prepare an Account

Thunderbird wants to be your default email application. Feel free to uncheck ” Always perform this check when starting Thunderbird ” and click ” Skip Integration ” to close it.

Launch Mozilla Thunderbird and Prepare an Account
Launch Mozilla Thunderbird and Prepare an Account

You will need to set up a local “account” before you can continue this process and provide your MBOX files.

To create a blank local account, click ” Feeds ” under Choose What to Set Up. You can also click the menu> New> Feed Account.

Launch Mozilla Thunderbird and Prepare an Account
Launch Mozilla Thunderbird and Prepare an Account

Click the ” Next ” button and click ” Finish ” to create an account.

Launch Mozilla Thunderbird and Prepare an Account
Launch Mozilla Thunderbird and Prepare an Account

3. Point Thunderbird to your MBOX file

Now you can open Thunderbird and display the contents of your MBOX file.

To get started, click the menu> Account Settings.

Point Thunderbird to your MBOX file
Point Thunderbird to your MBOX file

On the Account Settings screen, click ” Local Folders “.

Under Message Storage, click the ” Browse ” button to the right of the Local Directory.

Point Thunderbird to your MBOX file
Point Thunderbird to your MBOX file

Browse to the folder containing your MBOX files and click ” Select Folder “. For example, if your MBOX file is located at C: \ Users \ [Name] \ Downloads \ Takeout \ Mail, browse to the ” Mail ” folder and click ” Select Folder “.

Thunderbird will inform you that it is necessary to restart. Click ” Restart “.

Point Thunderbird to your MBOX file
Point Thunderbird to your MBOX file

4. Browse the Contents of Your MBOX File

Now you can view the contents of the MBOX file in Thunderbird. You will see the MBOX file name under “ Local Folders ” in Thunderbird. Click on it and you can browse the MBOX file contents just like browsing any other email inbox like Gmail.

Browse the Contents of Your MBOX File
Browse the Contents of Your MBOX File

5. Delete Feed Account

By the way, now you can also delete the previously created empty “ Blog & News Feed ” account.

To do this, click the menu> Account Settings. Select ” Blog & News Feed “. At the bottom of the window, click the ” Account Actions ” box and click ” Remove Accounts “.

Click ” Remove ” and then click ” OK ” to confirm your changes.

Delete Feed Account
Delete Feed Account

Now you can open Thunderbird whenever you want to view the contents of MBOX files. Note that Thunderbird always points to MBOX files on your computer. So, if you move the MBOX file to another folder, you will have to go back to the Thunderbird account settings and point it to the new location of the MBOX file.

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