Thursday, 16 September 2010

Converting PST files to Linux MBOX format

You want to upgrade from Outlook to Thunderbird and you've changed from Windows to Linux as a desktop. If you have control over a mail server running dovecot, you are in luck.

The tool that you need is the very handy libpst library, although if you run Kubuntu or Ubuntu then this is available on synaptic.

Simply export your Outlook mail into a pst file. Let's call the file mailBackup.pst. Now copy the file to your email server or linux desktop.

It is important to create a directory to work in because for each folder in the PST (Outlook) file, there will be a mbox file created with the same name. Cd into this directory and keep emailBackup.pst in the directory above it.

Now simply run:
   readpst ../emailBackup.pst

The Outlook file will be converted into a series of mbox files. If you run Dovecot, these can be put into your mail directory (be careful not to overwrite existing files!) and you will be able to access them with Thunderbird or your webmail software (I recommend horde).

You are also able to open mbox files in Thunderbird.

21 comments:

  1. Use Stellar MBOX to PST Converter to convert mbox files of various email clients to Outlook PST. More info. is available here:
    http://www.stellaroutlooktools.com/scan/mbox-to-pst.php

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  2. No, don't use stellaroutlook crap - it's commercial closed source rubbish.

    Use the 'libpst' tools as mention in this article.

    Long live open source!

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  3. Try MBOX to PST converter software. Free download or read the most important features of Products here
    http://mboxtopsttools.blogspot.com

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  4. Here is world’s number one application (MBOX to PST Converter Tool) that can convert all Mailboxes of MBOX files to PST, MSG and EML format within few actions. Software provides reasonable and safe way for carrying out MBOX to Outlook Conversion procedure: -
    http://www.filesrecoverytool.com/mbox-to-pst-converter.html

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  5. If you want to switch your important emails and other data of MBOX formatted mail client to Outlook PST format without losing ant data, then you should try to use a MBOX to PST Converter application to solve your problem. I would like to suggest you such a software named as MBOX to PST Converter. You can get more details along with a free trial from here: http://www.filesrepairtool.com/mbox-to-pst-converter.html/

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  6. Let me share another tool for your readers. it is very handy and easy to use. And does every job an email converter should.-- http://www.mboxtopstconverter.pcrecoverytools.com/

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  7. Hello,
    There are some more effective and reliable third party software also present in Web that can easily convert MBOX to PST files, I would also like to suggest such a tool called Kernel for MBOX to PST Converter . You can download this software as a free trial from here http://www.mboxtopst.org/

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  8. I would like to recommend freeware MBOX to PST converter tool that can convert OperaMail, Pocomail, Mozillamail, Spicebird, SeaMonkey, Mutt, ClawsMail, Entourage, Thunderbird, Turnpike, Apple Mail, Eudora, Mulberry, Netscape, Gnu Mail, Sylpheed, MailCopa, Berkeley, Earthlink, The BAT, Evolution, Cone, Chaso Intellect etc MBOX files to PST, MSG and EML formats.

    Here you can find more information: http://www.recoverfilesdownload.com/mbox-to-pst-converter.html

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  9. Did not work for me. I get a message, 1 items done, 1 items skipped. There is nothing but the original PST file in my folder, and nothing in the subfolder created as outlined above.

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  10. Using third party mbox to pst conversion tool you can instantly convert Apple mail mbox file to MS Outlook pst file successfully. To know more about:- http://www.mannatsoftware.com/stellar-phoenix-mbox-to-pst-converter.html

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  11. I would also like to suggest here another tool, which is well known as MBOX to PST Converter. You can download a free download of this software from here... http://www.mozesoft.com/mbox-to-pst-converter.html or https://softcart.wordpress.com/mbox-to-pst-converter-software/

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  12. MBOX to PST Converter is an apt utility for migration from Eudora to Outlook PST files. It allows simple access to all the mailboxes by importing these files.

    Read more:- http://www.softmagnat.com/mbox-to-pst-converter.html

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  13. Yes, MBOX to PST Converter is the best third party email conversion tool which makes the easy and secures this complicated email migration process. Most of the users avoid email migration due to data loss and modified message text formatting. But this tool clears your all doubts by providing outstanding result. To know more about tool, visit https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/how-convert-mbox-pst-file-ms-outlook-puneet-bhatt

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  14. Since Converting MBOX file to PST file is quite tedious and time consuming task, but can be done easily with the help of third party tool. There are multiple Software available near you, but the problem is how to use them, so I would like to suggest you one of the best tool to convert MBOX file to PST within minutes. Go with SysTools MBOX to Outlook Converter for safe and efficient conversion
    Try here: https://www.systoolsgroup.com/mbox-to-outlook-converter.html

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  15. Addition:

    PST Extractor Pro - http://www.uslsoftware.com/pst-to-mbox-converter-free-trial/

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  17. To convert PST to MBOX one need to use third party converter for this type of conversions. As there are many converter available one have a plenty of converter to go with and choose the best suitable for them.

    For best migration tool for this type of conversion read at:

    http://sahilsmlin.blogspot.in/2016/12/convert-pst-to-mbox-for-mac.html

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  18. If you can have it for free, why do you have to pay for the same thing?
    `readpst` is enough to do this.
    I recommend Roundcube for webmail client.

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  20. For converting Outlook PST files to MBOX, you can give a try to PST Exporter tool. This utility provides easy and instant migration of PST files to MBOX with all the details accurately saved.

    More information is available at :
    http://www.downloadtechtools.com/pst-to-mbox.html

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  21. You can convert and transfer EML in Outlook PST file type, by just take help of this EML 2 PST Conversion Software. It is handy to operate in all Windows OS plus has secured algorithm for conversion process. Please visit our website http://www.osttopstapp.com/eml-to-pst.html

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