With the growing popularity of MS Outlook, people are exporting Thunderbird to Outlook 2019, 2016, 2013. Here, we will be defining two process for the same: one free, one safe.
Available for multiple platforms, Mozilla Thunderbird is a free open source application that helps in managing emails. It possesses a variety of features which can be further extended with extensions. This makes Thunderbird a popular choice among users, especially home users. When it comes to organizations and professionals, Thunderbird is just not enough. And that is where MS Outlook comes in. With security details and functionalities surpassing most other email applications, MS Outlook has emerged to be the global leader among the email clients.
So migration from Thunderbird to Outlook PST has now become a common phenomenon. But if you have actually tried to do it, you know exactly how complicated it can be. Without specialized solutions, the chances of failure are too much. You may end up with missing data while managing to waste all your efforts and time with the so-called free workaround solutions.
Common Issues While Converting Thunderbird to Outlook 2019
Missing Folder structure
Messed up Order of File/Emails
Broken Images & Links
There is no point in giving so much time and effort in methods that disturbs the originality of data and generates incomplete results.
How to Export Thunderbird to Outlook 2019? – The Secure Way
Opt for a specialist application for such purpose. MBOX to Outlook Converter– One that has the ability to perform the conversion without exposing a single bit of data to risk factors. What do you get in return? Just some perks which are sure to excite you up:
No loss of data, whether it is: message content, embedded images, formatting, attachments, message status or email headers like address, from, subject, date, etc.
Original folder structure with no manual effort or involvement required.
Either directly fetch data from Thunderbird application or scan the associated Thunderbird MBOX file.
Converts to UNICODE PST – compatible with all Outlook version i.e., Outlook 2019, 2016, 2013 or lower.
Simple Steps to Export Thunderbird to Microsoft Outlook 2019:
Run the software and click on “Add file”
Select MBOX file or use “Auto detect Thunderbird profile” option
Preview all the emails in designated “Mail view” tab
Click on “Export” to convert Thunderbird to Outlook 2019
Still Want the Free Thunderbird to Outlook Conversion Way? Well, Here it is
This is by far the most successful free manual procedure among all that you can find on the internet. All those workarounds involving external applications will give you nothing but a headache with a large and complicated procedure. And even after that, the conversion success rate is too low to consider. So let us get right into this method.
1. Open Mozilla Thunderbird application on the local system
2. Now open the mailbox folder(say, Inbox) that contains all your messages to be moved to Outlook
3. Select the emails as per requirement. You can do this one message at a time or in bulk with Ctrl+A
4. Now save the email messages by right-clicking and choosing to Save as option
5. Afterward, select the folder and export the emails in EML format
6. Once you have the EML files, run MS Outlook application
7. Now, create a new folder in the Outlook program and name it accordingly
8. Then, select all the EML files you exported earlier from Thunderbird
9. Drag and drop all these messages into the newly created folder in MS Outlook
10. Wait for the transfer to complete. The total completion period depends upon the number of messages to be transferred.
11. Finally, all the emails will be moved from Thunderbird to MS Outlook.
This free process even after being better than other workarounds is still far from perfect. The success only defines the email message part. It does not show the sheer amount of time and effort put by the users. And this is just one of the risky traits.
What about folder hierarchy? Of course, it will be all messed up. It just involves moving the messages. No special conditions or anything that can ensure structure maintenance.
Is it suitable for large scale transfer? Again the answer is no. In normal cases, the conversion of emails from Thunderbird to Outlook via drag-drop takes long hours to complete(for emails numbering in hundreds). So anything more than that is a waste of precious time and effort.
And, Loss of Data? A process such as this has more often than not resulted in some sort of data loss. Be it missing SMTP headers, messed up characters, or even corrupt email messages.
So ultimately the choice is yours to make – a free method with low-quality conversion or a specialized tool with high-class migration.
Ready to Download & Try the Tool for Free?
Yes for free! This intuitive utility is available on a free trial basis as well. You can simply download it and export 25 emails from Thunderbird to Outlook 2019, 2016, 2013 easily. Afterward, just compare the emails before and after conversion to see how effective this tool is.
(Updated) Queries Asked by Visitors:
Are the given methods applicable to other versions of Outlook?
Yes, the provided solutions work with all Outlook versions including 2019, 2016, 2013, 2010 & 2007.
I work on Windows 10. Are the solutions compatible with it?
Yes, both the given methods can easily be executed on Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, XP and Vista systems.
Can I export Thunderbird to Outlook 2019 without losing email attributes?
Of course! It is possible to convert Thunderbird data into MS Outlook without losing attributes and folder structure. To do so, simply follow the safe steps given in this article.
Is it possible to export the Thunderbird database files of MAC origin to Outlook?
Yes, it is possible to do so. You will need to either move the data files from Mac system to windows and perform the given procedure. Or you can use Mac MBOX converter wizard to convert the files on Mac itself.