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    Default How do I move all email from PST file (Microsoft Outlook) to Thunderbird?

    Dear friends,

    Emails are so important to people today, so I intend to make it available on all the platform: Windows, MAC OSX, Linux... Unfortunately, my company uses Outlook to manage emails, but not all of us can use it. So, I have to move to Thunderbird - a free, cross platform email client. My problem is how to move my old email to Thunderbird? Anybody faces this situation? Please help!

    Thank you for your consideration!
    Hoc Nguyen Triet from Vietnam.

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    Default Re: How do I move all email from PST file (Microsoft Outlook) to Thunderbird?

    You should be able to export from Outlook and import that to Thunderbird

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    Default Re: How do I move all email from PST file (Microsoft Outlook) toThunderbird?

    On 2015-07-25 04:36, nthkmf wrote:
    >
    > Dear friends,
    >
    > Emails are so important to people today, so I intend to make it
    > available on all the platform: Windows, MAC OSX, Linux... Unfortunately,
    > my company uses Outlook to manage emails, but not all of us can use it.
    > So, I have to move to Thunderbird - a free, cross platform email client.
    > My problem is how to move my old email to Thunderbird? Anybody faces
    > this situation? Please help!


    There are two ways of doing it.

    One, in a Windows computer that has both Outlook and Thunderbird
    installed, you can try in Thunderbird to import email. But the last time
    I tried was a decade ago, and I used Netscape, which at the time was
    commercial, but "gratis". Netscape, and I hope Thunderbird does the
    same, accessed Outlook stores by using the Outlook DLLs, so import was
    perfect.

    Mind, it may be possible that the main inbox is encrypted and not
    accessible. It happened to me using Exchange: the inbox I could not
    transfer, only the auxiliary folders. I only lost the few recent emails.



    The other method is to upload the emails using Outlook to any imap
    server, and then retrieve them from the same server using Thunderbird.
    This method works with any client, and any operating system, and across
    different computers. And it works perfectly.

    As you have to port several clients, it would make sense you create a
    local imap server, even if temporary, using dovecot, for instance. Email
    transfer on a local network will run fast, and protects privacy.

    --
    Cheers / Saludos,

    Carlos E. R.

    (from 13.1 x86_64 "Bottle" (Minas Tirith))

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    Default Re: How do I move all email from PST file (Microsoft Outlook) to Thunderbird?

    Quote Originally Posted by gogalthorp View Post
    You should be able to export from Outlook and import that to Thunderbird
    Thank you gogalthorp, I did it

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    Default Re: How do I move all email from PST file (Microsoft Outlook) toThunderbird?

    Quote Originally Posted by robin_listas View Post
    On 2015-07-25 04:36, nthkmf wrote:
    >
    > Dear friends,
    >
    > Emails are so important to people today, so I intend to make it
    > available on all the platform: Windows, MAC OSX, Linux... Unfortunately,
    > my company uses Outlook to manage emails, but not all of us can use it.
    > So, I have to move to Thunderbird - a free, cross platform email client.
    > My problem is how to move my old email to Thunderbird? Anybody faces
    > this situation? Please help!


    There are two ways of doing it.

    One, in a Windows computer that has both Outlook and Thunderbird
    installed, you can try in Thunderbird to import email. But the last time
    I tried was a decade ago, and I used Netscape, which at the time was
    commercial, but "gratis". Netscape, and I hope Thunderbird does the
    same, accessed Outlook stores by using the Outlook DLLs, so import was
    perfect.

    Mind, it may be possible that the main inbox is encrypted and not
    accessible. It happened to me using Exchange: the inbox I could not
    transfer, only the auxiliary folders. I only lost the few recent emails.



    The other method is to upload the emails using Outlook to any imap
    server, and then retrieve them from the same server using Thunderbird.
    This method works with any client, and any operating system, and across
    different computers. And it works perfectly.

    As you have to port several clients, it would make sense you create a
    local imap server, even if temporary, using dovecot, for instance. Email
    transfer on a local network will run fast, and protects privacy.

    --
    Cheers / Saludos,

    Carlos E. R.

    (from 13.1 x86_64 "Bottle" (Minas Tirith))
    Thank you very much, robin_listas! Your help are so great, and as you said, it works perfectly with my IMAP email I will ask my up line for considering create a local imap server for this. Again, thank you and have a G9!

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    Default Re: How do I move all email from PST file (Microsoft Outlook) to Thunderbird?

    PST and MBOX both are different file formats. If you want to access your Outlook mails into Thunderbird the converting their file formats is very important. However, I have discussed a method by which user can import MS Outlook messages into Thunderbird.
    1. To import the mails from MS Outlook to Thunderbird, you need to configure your mail account as IMAP (or you can create a new one with Gmail) and forward all your messages to Inbox Folders in that. Then you can download and archive them into Thunderbird from the remote mail server.

    2. If you want to export the Contacts from MS Outlook to Thunderbird - Export the Outlook contacts to CSV and import them to the Thunderbird address book.
    Last edited by JasonBates; 31-Aug-2016 at 00:02. Reason: font was not good

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    Default Re: How do I move all email from PST file (Microsoft Outlook) to Thunderbird?

    You can also use libpst to convert an Outlook PST file to MBOX format (which can then be easily imported by Thunderbird).

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