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How to Import an MBOX using Thunderbird

A MBOX file is one file containing many email messages in a row.

Mail-List.com can Import or Export your Searchable Web Archive from or to the MBOX format.

Thunderbird is a free open source email reader

For the Windows, Macintosh and Linux Operating Systems.

Many people consider Thunderbird the best email reader available.  It has a lot of features and optional functions that can be added.

Thunderbird needs the ImportExportTools Add-on

ImportExportTools will add a new menu item allowing you to import (or export) an mbox.

So the trick is to get the Add-on installed and Thunderbird Restarted, then you can import the mbox file.

https://addons.thunderbird.net/en-US/thunderbird/addon/importexporttools/

Copy the above URL to your web browser address bar

Unfortunately, ImportExportTools is not one of the built in Add-ons that you can install from within Thunderbird.

Save the Download to your computer - will end in XPI

Install the downloaded Add-on

Open the Tools menu, and choose Add-ons

A new tab will open.

Click on Extensions menu on left hand side, and open the Setting (Gear) drop down

Click on - Install Add-on From File ...

Navigate to your Download folder and find the file

importexporttools-3.3.0-sm+tb.xpi

and click on the Open button

Acknowledge the - Install add-ons only from authors you trust

Click on the Install Now button

Thunderbird shuts down and opens back up with a new menu item

At the very bottom of the Tools menu, is ImportExportTools

Get into a Thunderbird email account, such as Local Folders

Click on Tools -> ImportExportTools -> Import mbox file

Radio Button = Import directly from one or more mbox files

Click OK

Select the file and click Open

You now have a new folder in your Thunderbird sidebar that contains your imported messages

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