Best 2 Ways to Import PST to Thunderbird (MBOX)

Let us discuss simple ways to Import PST to Thunderbird (MBOX) or convert PST to Thunderbird without Outlook.

First of all, let us see the reasons why users want to convert Outlook PST to MBOX.

Reasons for users to Import PST to Thunderbird

Below given are the most common reasons to state why you may need to convert Outlook PST files to MBOX file format supported by different email clients like Apple Mail, Mozilla Thunderbird, Eudora, SeaMonkey, Netscape, Evolution, Spice bird and more.

  • MS Outlook is part of MS Office which is a licensed system. S, after some time, you need to pay for a license to continue using the MS Outlook email client, which can become expensive. So, users may want to migrate from MS Outlook to MBOX(Thunderbird) email client.
  • Although MS Outlook is a widely used email client, it faces the problem of PST file corruption. So, corrupt Outlook PST files can halt your important work.
  • MS Outlook is dependent on the Windows Operating system. Whereas the MBOX files can work well with any operating system like Linux, MAC OS, Windows, etc.

Ways to Import PST to Thunderbird (MBOX):

If you want to Import PST to Thunderbird or convert outlook PST to Thunderbird, then you should know that Thunderbird cannot Import PST and OST files.

You need a compatible version of Outlook Installed on the PC and Outlook must be the default mail client. Since Thunderbird is a 64-bit version and Thunderbird is the 32-bit version. So, the Import of files is not possible.

Let us take a look at how you can import Outlook PST to MBOX.

Method 1.

Follow the steps given below:

  • Start by installing MS Outlook on the computer with Thunderbird.
  • After Outlook installation select “File” > “Import and Export” to import the .pst file into Outlook.
  • After the successful import of emails and files, open Thunderbird and select “Tools” > “Import” > “Mail within Thunderbird.” Choose “Outlook” as the default client from which to import.
  • Now, Install Thunderbird onto another computer. Try installing Thunderbird onto a machine with a compatible version of Outlook (referred to here as “Computer B”).
  • Open Outlook on Computer B. Copy the .pst file onto Computer B. In the open Outlook, select “File” > “Import and Export.”
  • Now choose “Import from another program or file” and click “Next.”
  • Choose .pst files and click “Next.”
  • Select the “Browse” button to navigate to the location of the .pst file and click “Open.” All types of PST files will be imported into Computer B Outlook.
  • Import the files on Computer B Outlook into Computer B Thunderbird.
  • Now open Thunderbird and select “Tools” > “Import.” After that click on the “Mail” button and click “Next.”
  • Now click on “Outlook” and click “Next.” When the import is finished, click “Finish.”
  • Close Thunderbird application. Then, click “Start” and navigate to “Your-username\AppData\Roaming\Thunderbird\Profiles.default” Copy all the above information including files and folders to a flash drive or external drive and move the flash drive to Computer A.
  • At last, move to “Your-username\AppData\Roaming\Thunderbird\Profiles.default” on Computer A. Copy the files and folders from Computer B into that directory. All of the email info will now be migrated to Computer A Thunderbird.

Method 2

If you find the above-mentioned method difficult to implement, then you can easily download the PST Converter Tool to import Outlook PST to Thunderbird. It has the following features:

This PST to MBOX Conversion Tool can convert PST to EML, MBOX, PDF, HTML, and many other file formats.

  • It can smoothly Import Outlook PST to Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, and other email client applications.
  • You can change the PST file format to ICS and VCard as well.
  • Allows the User to Rename Files according to the convenience.
  • Compatible with Windows 10 and all its earlier versions.
  • Free Conversion of up to 25 emails.

To know the working of the software, you can see the video:

To Sum Up

In this blog post, I have discussed the manual methods to Import PST to Thunderbird. Since, both the email clients are not very compatible, you can use the PST Converter Tool to convert PST to MBOX without losing much time and effort.

You can also read: How to Convert Maildir to PST file format??

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I'm a content writer in the field of Email Migration, Data Recovery, Email backup, and File Management. I started this writing career two years back. I think the vast range of information in this industry is the reason I am so fascinated to read about the newer techniques and technology.

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