Archiving IMAP email

NoOp glgxg at
Fri Jul 25 17:25:09 UTC 2008

On 07/25/2008 09:33 AM, Andy wrote:
> Hi all
> I have an email account that is accessible via IMAP and is due to be
> "expired" in a couple of weeks. I would like to be able to download all
> the email I have on the server and save it to my desktop so I can access
> me old emails.
> Anyone know a good way of doing this? (I'm using Ubuntu 6.06LTS currently)
> I have looked at a couple of articles about doing this with Thunderbird
> but my email ends up in mbox files and Thunderbird refuses to open them
> again.

1. Download the import extension:
[Scroll down to the bottom of the page and download:
to your hard drive.]

2. Open TB and select Tools|Add-ons|Install - navigate to where you
stored the xpi file, select it and install it. Restart TB.

3. In TB: Click on your top email account (the main account above inbox,
drafts etc), then Tools|Import/Export in mbox...|Import mbox file|Select
a directory...|OK| - you may have to do Ctrl-H to see your hidden
directories - navigate where you have stored the mbox files - click
Open. You will now be asked "Do you want to import the file "<name>"?
Select OK.

You will find that all the msgs now in TB folders and are marked as unread.

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