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Post Posted May 15th, 2017, 9:12 am

Using Thunderbird 52.1.0 running under macOS 10.12.4 Sierra.

I have about 8000 messages in about 150 sub-folders in a simple folder hierarchy. I want to export all these messages in MBOX format. There does not appear to be an inbuilt way to do this, so is there some kind of add-on or utility that will do this for me?

Any help would be much appreciated.

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Post Posted May 15th, 2017, 9:16 am

Hi,
Ref; this extension by Paolo...
> https://freeshell.de//~kaosmos/mboximport-en.html
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Post Posted May 15th, 2017, 10:18 am

Thank you, Limpet235. That extension seems just what I need and I have downloaded it.

The web page you showed a link for tells me: in Thunderbird, go in "Tools" --> "Addons" (or "Extensions") and click on "Install"

In 52.1.0 the menu option under Tools is Add-ons. It takes me to the Add-ons Manager tab, where there is no Install option.

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Post Posted May 15th, 2017, 11:03 am

Right click on the link on Paolo's page and select "Save link as" to download the .xpi file. Then, in Thunderbird, use menu path Tools->Addons->Extensions->click on the "Gear" icon and select "Install add-on from file" navigate to the downloaded .xpi file, select it and click "Open".

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Post Posted May 15th, 2017, 11:32 am

Thank you, DanRaisch.

There is no menu option Extensions below Add-ons. Remember I'm using Using Thunderbird 52.1.0 as set out in my original posting. The specification appearing at the foot of my posts is inaccurate.

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Post Posted May 15th, 2017, 11:46 am

Sorry, you're running a Mac so the menu path is different from what I see in Windows. Check out Thunderbird → Preferences, then check for Add-ons->Extensions.

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Post Posted May 15th, 2017, 1:07 pm

Thanks but it's in Preferences. I checked that before posting.

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Post Posted May 15th, 2017, 1:08 pm

Sorry - finger trouble. I meant: Thanks but it's not in Preferences.

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Post Posted May 15th, 2017, 1:53 pm

Hi,
wordwise wrote:
There is no menu option Extensions below Add-ons.

Go to the menu "Tools" and click on "Add-ons":

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The Add-ons Manager will open in a new tab, In the left pane click on "Extensions":

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Post Posted May 15th, 2017, 11:02 pm

Ah, I see. Extensions is not in a conventional menu, but in the drop-down list under the little cogwheel at right. Merci, Eckard.

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Post Posted May 16th, 2017, 12:46 am

wordwise wrote:Ah, I see. Extensions is not in a conventional menu, but in the drop-down list under the little cogwheel at right. Merci, Eckard.
No. "Extensions" is not in the drop-down list under the cogwheel:

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To display "Extensions" you have to go to the menu "Tools" and click on "Add-ons".
This will open the "Add-ons Manager" in a new tab in which you must click on "Extensions" in the left (category) pane.

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Post Posted May 16th, 2017, 6:08 am

The cogwheel list worked for me, Eckard, and the add-on has installed. Only problem is, it does not seem to support what I want to do. I have contacted the developer.

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Post Posted May 16th, 2017, 6:12 am

Hi,
What are you trying to accomplish?
Why did you say...."It did not work?"
Perhaps if you explained it all in here?
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Post Posted May 16th, 2017, 6:13 am

If those messages are in Thunderbird, are they not already in mbox format? What, specifically are you trying to accomplish? What is your purpose for this export?

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Post Posted May 17th, 2017, 2:37 am

I explained it in my original posting to this topic:

Using Thunderbird 52.1.0 running under macOS 10.12.4 Sierra. I have about 8000 messages in about 150 sub-folders in a simple folder hierarchy. I want to export all these messages in MBOX format.

There does not appear to be an inbuilt way to do this, so is there some kind of add-on or utility that will do this for me?


Thank you all for your comments and interest so far.

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