Mozilla Thunderbird: Exporting Emails

Learn how to save copies of your emails on your computer as EML files.

Standard Method

  • Launch Thunderbird.
  • Select your Inbox or another folder.
  • Select the email you want to export. Or press CTRL+A to select all emails.
  • Click the menu button to display the Thunderbird menu.
  • Select Save as > File.
  • Select the folder where the emails should be saved and click Save.

The selected emails are now exported to the target folder. The EML files created in this way can be opened with many email programs.

Please Note:

If your email account was setup using IMAP, you should check your settings so that Thunderbid synchronises all messages regardless of age. This way all your emails will be shown in Thunderbird for export. You can find this option in Account Settings within the Synchronization & Storage category.

ImportExportTools Method

Exporting with the free Thunderbird Add-On ImportExportTools is more convenient.

After installing the addon, right-click on a folder to access the ImportExportTools. Here you can export all folders of the account in one step, for example. These are then saved as files in MBOX format, including subfolders if desired.