Mozilla Thunderbird is a free and open-source cross-platform email client with a personal information manager, news, RSS, and chat client. It stores emails and other items in a set of profiles which are saved at a separate location from the program files.
Mozilla Thunderbird users need to regularly create a backup of their emails for various reasons. The primary reason for backing up emails in Thunderbird is to protect the crucial data from accidental corruption. Also, backup helps recover the data in case of any inadvertent hard disk failure. In this post, we’ll discuss some easy ways to backup Thunderbird emails.
To back up Mozilla Thunderbird emails to a hard drive, you can implement the different methods mentioned below.
Thunderbird does not have an export feature built-in to export emails directly. You need to install additional tools or add-ons to export emails to external formats. The external email file formats, include EML, HTML, Plain Text, Spreadsheet, PDF, etc. To export emails, you will need to install the ImportExportTools add-on. After that, you can save the exported files to a hard drive or any other location. Follow the steps below:
You can also back up the complete Thunderbird profile. Every user’s profile contains all the information related to the account. This includes emails, account settings, etc. You just have to copy the contents of the Profile folder and paste them to an appropriate location. Follow these steps:
You can use professional software to convert the Thunderbird MBOX emails files to formats compatible with other email client software. This could be the most workable and reliable approach to back up the Thunderbird emails.
Stellar Converter for MBOX is a popular utility for converting MBOX files to PST and various other formats. This utility can convert multiple MBOX files at once and save them to the desired destination. With this program, you can save the MBOX emails to Office 365, RTF, PDF, and HTML formats. Furthermore, the trial version of this utility offers a free Preview of emails without cc, bcc.
Ravi Singh is a Senior Writer at Stellar®. He is an expert Tech Explainer, IoT enthusiast, and a passionate nerd with over 6 years of experience in technical writing. He writes about Data Recovery, File Repair, Email Migration, Linux, Windows, Mac, and DIY Tech. Ravi spends most of his weekends working with IoT devices and playing games on the Xbox. He is also a solo traveler who loves hiking and exploring new trails.