How to Export MBOX from Apple Mail and Mozilla Thunderbird?

Admin | How to's | 3 minutes read | Last updated on February 8th, 2023,

Apple Mail is one of the best email clients and it is default email management application of Mac OS. Because of its simple interface and updated features it is more popular than other email applications. There are many users of the application who want to export emails from Apple Mail account directly into their hard drive of the computer system. As we know that both applications Apple Mail and Mozilla Thunderbird can export its data into MBOX files format. So, in this article you can understand how to export MBOX from Apple Mail account, users can also understand the process to know how to export mailbox from Mozilla Thunderbird application.

Export Emails from Apple Mail / Mac Mail

To know how to export messages from Apple Mail app, you need to follow these steps:

  1. Open Apple Mail >> Select Mailboxes >> Mailbox (top menu).
  2. Export Mailbox >> Select Destination Folder >> Choose.

Note: You can also Right-Click on that mailbox which you want to export and select Export Mailbox option directly.

Now, your selected mailboxes of Apple Mail account saved at your selected destination path of the computer system as MBOX files.

Save Selective Emails from Apple Mail

  1. Create New Folder in Mac Mail account.
  2. Move or Copy those emails which you want to save.
  3. Then, select this newly created folder for the process.

Export Mailboxes from Mozilla Thunderbird

By following these steps in your Mozilla Thunderbird account, you can easily get your Thunderbird mailboxes in your computer system:

  1. Open Mozilla Thunderbird.
  2. Select Menu >> Add-On. Then from Windows Tab select Up and Coming option.
  3. Search Import/Export tool and then download and install it. Restart the Mozilla Thunderbird app.
  4. Right-Click on All Mail >> Import/Export Tool >> Export Folder.
  5. Select Destination Folder >> Click on Select Folder tab.
  6. Right-Click on the saved Folder and add .mbox extension.

Now, you have a MBOX database on your computer system, you can open it in supporting email application. But if you want to open these files into different email clients then you are required to utilize the most reliable and recommended MBOX Converter software.

Convert Apple Mail and Mozilla Thunderbird MBOX to Multiple File Extensions

  • Open MBOX format conversion tool.
  • Add Files and Select Saving Option.
  • Use the required Advanced sections.
  • Click on Convert to start the process.

Complete View of Steps

Step 1. Open the tool on Windows OS based computer system. It can process Apple Mail and Mozilla Thunderbird data on Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, XP, and so on.

Step 2. From the menu bar click on the Add Files option that allow you to choose files or direct selection of that folder which contains multiple files.

Step 3. Preview all loaded files and then, click on the Export tab from the same menu bar.

Step 4. Select Saving Option, you can export Apple Mail MBOX to Outlook PST, PDF, EML, EMLX, HTML, MHT, XPS, etc. It also provide some cloud based email apps like Office 365,, Exchange Server, Gmail, G Suite, etc.

Step 5. Now, utilize the advanced options related to the saving options like filtration option, file naming option, destination path section, etc.

Step 6. Hit on the Convert tab and after conversion process, you will get the completion message screen.

Frequently Asked Questions:

I want to Export Mac Mail and Thunderbird mailbox manually, can I perform this process without any error?

Yes, you can utilize the complete manual procedure to know how to export MBOX from Apple Mail and Mozilla Thunderbird. Through this procedure, you can save batch database also.

‘Export Mailbox’ option is not working in Apple Mail?

Open Library/Mail/V(x) and then follow the drag and drop method to drag mailbox and drop it to your desktop.

How to export Apple Mail and Mozilla Thunderbird messages to other file extensions like PDF?

To perform such process, you need to follow the steps of the most installed application CubexSoft MBOX Export tool. With this, you can save all your messages into PDF, PST, EML, EMLX, DOC, DOCX, HTML, etc.