This blog describes “Switching from Outlook to Thunderbird”. It speaks all the manual solutions to transfer emails from Outlook to Thunderbird in a stepwise procedure. It explains three manual ways for this conversion process. Let us begin with Outlook and Thunderbird.

Microsoft Outlook is a manager of personal information available as part of the Office suite of Microsoft. One of the most powerful applications for email clients, without a doubt. In combination with Microsoft Exchange Server and Microsoft SharePoint Server, many organizations use Microsoft Outlook to keep calendars, coordinate meetings, and shared mailboxes.

Thunderbird is another email client that is compatible with Windows, Mac, Linux operating systems accessed cross-platform. It is an open-source program created by the Mozilla Foundation to control emails, news feeds(RSS). it mainly supports the.mbox format that is used by Apple Mail, Window Live Mail, The Bat, etc. It is a popular and easy-to-use local email client application.

What are the reasons to Convert Outlook PST to MBOX?

Users have the freedom to choose any email clients that are available online according to their needs. Outlook users want to migrate to Thunderbird for a number of reasons:

Reasons to import Outlook PST to Thunderbird MBOX

  • Cost-Free Application
  • Thunderbird is an email client open-source that does not charge anything from its users. This is the main reason for most of the users behind the conversion from Outlook to Thunderbird. Compatible with many platforms: Outlook can only be compatible with Windows and Mac OS but Thunderbird is compatible with many platforms such as Windows, Mac OS, Linux, and UNIX. Thunderbird will be the better option for any Linux and UNIX users.
So these all are the reasons for the migration process. Now, come up with procedures for the conversion process.

How can Switching from Outlook to Thunderbird be done manually?

There are two methods to transfer emails from Outlook to Thunderbird as follows:
By Google Take Out- Export Outlook to Thunderbird
  1. First Export all your emails from Outlook mail to your Gmail account can be done. Then those Outlook PST files can be imported to Thunderbird MBOX format. Follow the steps:
  2. Open Outlook application.
  3. From the top menu, hit on the ‘File’ option of Microsoft Outlook. Hit ‘Add account’.
  4. A new open will open in next, fill the details such as Username, Email ID, password. Open your Gmail account and hit on ‘Settings’.
  5. Visit Forwarding and POP/IMAP option and choose Enable IMAP >> Save the changes.


  • Next, click Finish when the process is completed that will copy all the Outlook Emails into the Gmail account.
  • By performing these steps, your Gmail has been configured to Outlook.
  • Drag and drop all your Outlook Mail Emails into the Gmail account.
  • Login Gmail account.
  • Then open Google takeout.
  • Hit on create an archive of emails, search items, tasks, messages, etc. linked to your account.
  • Then a copy of files has been emailed to your Gmail Account.
  • Now, Open that zip folder downloaded from Gmail.

  • Download the Add-on ExportImportTool first before opening the Thunderbird Environment, and then Launch Thunderbird application.
    1. Go to Application Menu >> Tools >>Add-ons and select “Install Add-on From File” and search your download folder.
    2. Install it and again launch Thunderbird.
    3. Visit Tools >> ImportExportTools >> Import MBOX file. Then Outlook PST will be imported in Thunderbird as MBOX File. Search for the Mbox file in this path ( Browse in Folder Downloads\takeout-257879jik\Takeout\Mail) and click the Open button to open PST in Thunderbird.
    4. After this, Thunderbird will import PST files to MBOX. A name may be given by Thunderbird to the folder by adding a suffix. Now you can open your exported Outlook PST in Thunderbird.
    By Gmail Synchronization-Migrate PST to MBOX
    You will also configure your Gmail account in Outlook with the help of this method. Export Outlook emails to your Gmail account. It helps you to import Outlook PST in Thunderbird (by setting up Gmail in Thunderbird).
    Open your Outlook first and add your Gmail account to Outlook. Follow the steps:
    1. From the top menu, hit on the ‘File’ option of Microsoft Outlook.
    2. Hit ‘Add account’.
    3. A new open will open in next, fill the details such as Username, Email ID, password.
    4. Open your Gmail account and hit on ‘Settings’.
    5. Visit Forwarding and POP/IMAP option and choose Enable IMAP >> Save the changes.
    6. Next, click Finish when the process is completed that will copy all the Outlook Emails into the Gmail account.
    7. By performing these steps, your Gmail has been configured to Outlook.
    8. Install the Thunderbird Email Client and to configure Gmail account in your Thunderbird follow the below steps
    9. Open Thunderbird > >in account section hit on Email option.



  • A new window will appear, hit on Skip this and use my existing mail.
  • Fill your Gmail account details in the window appears.
  • Choose IMAP connection and hit on Done.
  • Now, performing the above steps, your Gmail account is now Configured to your Thunderbird.

  • Now, Outlook PST files get imported into Thunderbird, you can use it. So these are all manual ways to convert Outlook PST to MBOX.

    Conclusion

    We have mentioned all the manual steps for switching from Outlook to Thunderbird. Hopefully, you will understand this blog properly.

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    Safe Milli

    Safe Milli is a graduate of FPI, he studied office technology and management. He is a young enterpreur who loves to share his thoughts on latest technology trends, new business ideas and opportunities, how-tos related topics. You can chat with him on Facebook for enquiry.

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