Top 3 Ways on How to Export Thunderbird Emails to Outlook

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"I got a message on thunderbird but could not access it so I thought to myself why not export all my thunderbird to Outlook. After I successfully did this, the mails were still not accessible so I got help from a friend. He told me to access this, I had to use iMyFone ScanOutlook to retrieve emails from thunderbird to Outlook."

Though this procedure is very convenient there are also other methods which will be taught in this article depending on the availability or access to such software.

Top 3 Solutions to Export Emails from Thunderbird to Outlook

Ultimate Solution: iMyFone ScanOutlook

ScanOutlook is an Outlook repair tool that is used to repair corrupted or damaged files in Outlook. It is also used to recover deleted emails, attachments, contact calendars and so much more. It can be used to export data conveniently in various formats such as PST, OST, EML, PDF etc.

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Steps to Export Mails from Thunderbird to Outlook with ScanOutlook

Step 1. After downloading and installing ScanOutlook, launch the program and choose the file you want to repair or recover.  Three file selection options are provided:

a). Select default PST/OST: Immediately ScanOutlook is launched, the Outlook data files in the default location automatically loads then you select the file to be repaired.

b). Select PST/OST manually: Select this option if Outlook data files is not in the default location. You have to browse to select and open Outlook data files manually.

c). Search PST/OST:  Click search and then on the “Browse” button to find the location of the folder. Then hit “Search” to find all Outlook data files in the folder.

select pst ost files

Step 2. Click “Repair” once the PST/OST file has been selected. Two modes of repair are provided on ScanOutlook:

a). Quick repair for the faster repair of PST or OST file.

b). Deep repair if the quick repair fails.

start to repair

Step 3. Preview the repaired files which will be displayed on the left panel.

repaired files preview

Step 4. Once the repair has been confirmed, select the file and click on the button “Export Selected”. Once this process is completed, the exported file is saved in a specified location.

export selected

Solution 2: Convert Emails from Thunderbird to Outlook Through IMAP

IMAP is an email protocol that provides users with the ability to store email messages on a server for mails. This however does not limit access to the user as one of its key features involves allowing end users to view as well as manipulate messages. These messages can also be treated as though they were locally stored on the user’s device. In order to convert emails from Thunderbird to Outlook follow the steps below:

Step 1. Use IMAP to configure your Gmail account to thunderbird. This means:

a). Click on settings in Gmail after you are logged on.

b). Click on the option “Forwarding POP/IMAP”, and then click on “ENABLE SERVER”.

Step 2. Log on to thunderbird.

Step 3. Click on account settings >navigate to create new account > click on “email” > click on “skip this and configure with existing email”.

Step 4. Click on Continue in the mail account setup window.

Step 5. Click Enable IMAP in the pop-up window > click “Ok”.

Step 6. Log on back to your Gmail account and create a folder in the Gmail account.

Step 7. Export your data from Thunderbird to your Gmail account.

Step 8. Configure Outlook to Gmail using IMAP with the same steps from 2 to 4. Once this is done you can now download all your data from Gmail into Outlook.

Solution 3: Drag and Drop Feature

This method may be considered easier to grasp but it is more stressful as operations are carried out manually. This solution requires a two-phase method. The first requiring us to export data in Thunderbird in EML and the Second involves moving Thunderbird emails to Outlook using a third-party tool.

Steps to Export Data in Thunderbird in EML:

1. Create a new folder on your desktop where you will store the thunderbird mail data you want to export to Outlook.

2. Log on to thunderbird > drag-and-drop selected emails or all to the new folder you've created.

3. Start Outlook > locate the folder you placed the thunderbird mail > drag-and-drop mails from specified folder into Outlook folder.

Bonus: How to Setup in Thunderbird? can be set up in thunderbird using either IMAP or POP, both of which are email protocols. Since IMAP has been taught in solution 2, we will be looking at how we can reverse IMAP to setup in Thunderbird.

1. Log on to thunderbird and open thunderbird menu.

2. In the drop-down box navigate to “options” and click “account settings” in the drop-down menu.

account settings

3. At the bottom of the dialog box click on “account actions” > choose “add mail account”.

4. Enter your information and click on “continue”.

enter account information

5. Select IMAP (remote folders) on the dialog box, then click on “Done”.

6. Click “OK” to ensure the new configuration is saved.


In this article, we have talked about the most convenient and basic methods on how to export Thunderbird to Outlook so your data are accessible on Outlook. The solution you choose depends on how conversant you are with computer terms. I would however recommend using the iMyFone ScanOutlook as this is the most effective method.

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By  Alva Doris , to Outlook Repair

Updated on Dec 16, 2019

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