Import apple mail to thunderbird mac

I cannot get my Mac OS X Mail.app mailboxes imported by Thunderbird.

The mail folders I would like to import are from my OSX I was not able to keep the OS up to date because I had audio editing software on it that would not have been compatible. I also stumbled upon perhaps a less time consuming method in mac mail. Thanks again Matt. The exporting worked to create files that Thunderbird can see. And that is great. Thunderbird or the process stripped out all the nesting and the folder labels. So, I'm glad I can get my folders.

But probably a total of 8 hours work in examining, relabeling and re-nesting. Home Support Forum Thunderbird I would like to move my mac mail Support Forum. This thread was archived. Please ask a new question if you need help. Chosen solution Yeah, that is a side effect of the mac mail export. Read this answer in context 1. Question tools Get email updates when anybody replies. Cancel Subscribe to feed Question details Product Thunderbird.

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System Details More system details. Application User Agent: Matt Top 10 Contributor Moderator solutions answers. I certainly don't want to lose all of that organization by combining them willy nilly. And doing anything by hand times is begging for human errors on a large scale.

I think I'm making only two asserions. The folder structure is truly unbelievably complicated. I've tried in the past to understand it, and failed every time. I have no reason to believe that the format of emlx files hasn't also become more complicated. Since Mail. I suspect it's something very simple.

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It may just be that I'm not putting them in the right place, or with the right folder structure, none of which I can find any place. Might you be able to provide me with a bit more detail than I've found elsewhere, or maybe somewhere else to looK? Not being a Mac user, I really can't offer much advice that you can't search for yourself.

But I suggest you try the process of converting a sample of elmx files to an mbox file and seeing if the import to TB retains the original Mail app messages. If it doesn't work, you haven't wasted much time; otherwise, it offers a means of migrating the rest, in the absence of knowledge about the incompatibility of Apple's mbox format with TB's.

I am slow, but I just spent some time on Google and it appears apple MBOX files are something apple calls a package and in no way resemble a real mbox file. So I must thank the nice folk at Cupertino for yet another confusing approach to something simple. A truly Apple approach really.

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SO from my reading, if you save one of these mbox files to the desktop and double click it you get OSX showing you a folder inside with the actual mail in it called mbox which is the actual mbox mail you want. See https: This is the key piece of information I was missing. Getting it did not solve the problem, but it allowed me to figure out how to solve it. I have marked it as "solved" by this answer.

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Just to clarify things, that's not right. A "package" is a wholly different animal that has nothing to do with email. El Capitan is up to Version 3, and the structure of the stuff in that folder for a "mailbox" is what is so incredibly complicated. You can get such folders by invoking the "Export Mailbox That's what I'm doing. The resultant folder s each contains files, one of which is the actual mbox I want. I can write a simple program to manipulate these folders to produce what I now understand that TB wants to see. The last line in that reference is talking about the same technique I'm using.

But it doesn't maintain any tree-like structure within the set of Mailboxes.

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Apple Mail allows a mailbox to contain a sub-tree of other Mailboxes. And, as mentioned, it's impractical if you have a LOT of Mailboxes. Support Forum. This thread was archived.

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Please ask a new question if you need help. So the question is: Chosen solution frazzlejazzy said Matt said Not knowing what variant of mbox mac mail uses, perhaps using the import export tools might be a better way. The doc says if you want to import messages or MBOX files, you must first select a valid folder as a target, otherwise the import options are disabled But I can't find anywhere to MAKE that selection.

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Topic Download, install and migration. System Details More system details. Application User Agent: Matt Top 10 Contributor Moderator solutions answers. Question owner Matt, thanks very much for your reply.