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Thunderbird - export

Post by wpshooter » Tue Apr 24, 2018 7:54 am

In the Thunderbird email application I see an import function but I don't see
the export function (used to save emails for movement to new computer, etc.), where
is this function, is it under some other name ?

Thanks.

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Re: Thunderbird - export

Post by catweazel » Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:19 am

wpshooter wrote:
Tue Apr 24, 2018 7:54 am
In the Thunderbird email application I see an import function but I don't see
the export function (used to save emails for movement to new computer, etc.), where
If you plan on using Thunderbird on the other machine, all you need do is copy the .thunderbird directory over. You'll find it in /home/$USER/.thunderbird/, where $USER is your user name.
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Re: Thunderbird - export

Post by Cosmo. » Tue Apr 24, 2018 9:48 am

When you do, as catweazel advises, you need to close TB completely on both systems before you do this.

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Re: Thunderbird - export

Post by sdibaja » Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:04 am

to save individual emails right click and select "save as"

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Re: Thunderbird - export

Post by sdibaja » Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:04 am

BTW: the same method works for Firefox, just copy the .mozilla folder

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Re: Thunderbird - export

Post by wpshooter » Tue Apr 24, 2018 12:18 pm

sdibaja wrote:
Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:04 am
to save individual emails right click and select "save as"
Thanks for your reply.

Will this allow me to use to import function to bring the SAVED emails over to the new computer installation ?

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Re: Thunderbird - export

Post by sdibaja » Tue Apr 24, 2018 12:46 pm

wpshooter wrote:
Tue Apr 24, 2018 12:18 pm
sdibaja wrote:
Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:04 am
to save individual emails right click and select "save as"
Thanks for your reply.

Will this allow me to use to import function to bring the SAVED emails over to the new computer installation ?
I believe it will... I have done it. It works for any message: sent, saved, in the inbox, etc. But that is laborious if you want all of them. (I have thousands spanning many years)
I always just copy the .thunderbird folder into my new /home folder... that works seamlessly for me.

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Re: Thunderbird - export

Post by Cosmo. » Tue Apr 24, 2018 3:25 pm

wpshooter wrote:
Tue Apr 24, 2018 12:18 pm
Will this allow me to use to import function to bring the SAVED emails over to the new computer installation ?
No. The import feature is for importing from other programs.

You could use ImportExportTools, but usually this is far too circumstantial. Copy the complete .thunderbird folder, and you have mails, address books, extensions, settings.

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Re: Thunderbird - export

Post by lsemmens » Tue Apr 24, 2018 7:14 pm

If your email server uses IMAP then you can safely just set up TB on the new machine and all your messages will be downloaded from the server anyway.
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Re: Thunderbird - export

Post by sdibaja » Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:41 pm

Cosmo. wrote:
Tue Apr 24, 2018 3:25 pm
wpshooter wrote:
Tue Apr 24, 2018 12:18 pm
Will this allow me to use to import function to bring the SAVED emails over to the new computer installation ?
No. The import feature is for importing from other programs.

You could use ImportExportTools, but usually this is far too circumstantial. Copy the complete .thunderbird folder, and you have mails, address books, extensions, settings.
actually you can drag and drop a saved .eml file from it's folder into the Thunderbird folder of choice. I guess I forgot about that import tool.

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Re: Thunderbird - export

Post by chiefjim » Tue Apr 24, 2018 9:45 pm

lsemmens wrote:
Tue Apr 24, 2018 7:14 pm
If your email server uses IMAP then you can safely just set up TB on the new machine and all your messages will be downloaded from the server anyway.
Just be aware that means all messages remaining after your other TB synced with the server. If you store messages elsewhere, like in local folders, they may have been deleted from the server.

That said I have placed my "Local Folder" on a completely separate drive. All incoming and outgoing messages are saved there. Must be doing something right as I have immediate access to messages up to 6 years old. Over 3 GB of historical messages.

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Re: Thunderbird - export

Post by Cosmo. » Wed Apr 25, 2018 6:27 am

sdibaja wrote:
Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:41 pm
actually you can drag and drop a saved .eml file from it's folder into the Thunderbird folder of choice.
To my understanding the OP wants to transfer all of his mails, that are most likely by far more than some ten, perhaps hundreds or thousands. Dragging thousands of mails does not sound, what is really practically doable.

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Re: Thunderbird - export

Post by chiefjim » Wed Apr 25, 2018 8:20 am

Cosmo. wrote:
Wed Apr 25, 2018 6:27 am
sdibaja wrote:
Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:41 pm
actually you can drag and drop a saved .eml file from it's folder into the Thunderbird folder of choice.
To my understanding the OP wants to transfer all of his mails, that are most likely by far more than some ten, perhaps hundreds or thousands. Dragging thousands of mails does not sound, what is really practically doable.
That is why I created a "Mail" directory elsewhere telling TB to use that for Local Folders. Simple Copy and Paste moves the nearly 12,000 messages with ease. USB flash drives coming in real handy when using different machines.

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