Techniques to Extract Email from Mozilla Thunderbird

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Thunderbird is a freeware, cross-platform, as well as open source and news client. It supports LDAP auto-complete email address and offers a chat feature with which a user can converse with other user who are accessing social network. It stores all its email data in MBOX file format. Along with it, Thunderbird easily filters the emails and gives option of quick search. In the following section, we will be discussing the relevant way to extract email from Mozilla Thunderbird.

Ways to Extract Emails from Mozilla Thunderbird

Solution 1: Default Repository

User can extract the emails from default repository directly. Every operating system has different default location to store data as mentioned below.

  • Windows 2000 and XP :- To search the default location from Windows 2000 and XP, user can follow the mentioned steps:
    • Select Start option >> Run >> Type %APPDATA% >> OK
    • A window will appear, now select Thunderbird >> Profiles

Each folder that is appeared in the folder is a profile on user’s system. They can also navigate the profile from the following path:

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Whereas the application data folder is a hidden folder, so to show that hidden folder, user can open Windows Explorer and select tools >> Folder Options >> View >> Show hidden files and folders.

  • Windows 7, 8.1 and 10 :- Users can extract email from Thunderbird profile by following the steps discussed below:
    • Open Windows Start menu and in the search box type %APPDATA% which is in MBOX file
    • Select the Roaming item, which appears in the menu
    • Now, in Windows Explorer window will open. Select Thunderbird >> Profiles.

Every folder is a profile on user’s system. User can navigate to user’s profile folder from the mentioned path:

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User can also use Thunderbird menu path help >> Troubleshooting information >> select Show Folder option.

The AppData folder is a folder that is hidden. To view that folder, user needs to open Windows Explorer window and select organize >> Folder and Search >> View >> Select show hidden files and folders.

  • Unix and Linux
    In this operating system, the Thunderbird profiles are stored at:

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  • Mac OS X
    All the profile folders of Thunderbird are stored at:

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Solution 2: Save as option

User can extract email from Thunderbird inbox file by selecting single or multiple emails from the mailbox. Then, the user can save the selected emails with a right click and select the save as option. Now, the user can store the data at desired location on their system. It helps user to extract the desired emails from the email application. The selected mails will be stored in EML file format

Solution 3: Add-on tool

User can extract emails from Mozilla Thunderbird by utilizing the add-in tool, which is present in Mozilla Thunderbird for more customization. It makes easy for users to extract emails from Thunderbird inbox file by following the mentioned steps.

  • Open Mozilla Thunderbird email application on your system
  • Select the Tool option from the menu bar and choose ImportExport Tool
  • Now select the desired option.


In the above discussion, user can use various solutions are discussed that helps to extract email from Mozilla Thunderbird. User can opt any of the desired solution as per the requirement that helps to extract the email data. If still, user faces some problem, then they can opt third party utility, which extract all email data in few moments.