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Exporting all messages from Mail

10150 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Jan 22, 2013 3:58 AM by basilmir RSS
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Apr 27, 2012 7:25 PM

I have an IMAP account in Lion Mail, that I would like all the individual messages exported into a Folder, say on my desktop.

This email is no longer functioning so I simply won't be able to re-import the messages if I were to export the mailbox as it appears it only places a plist file referencing the IMAP information.


Previously I believe I was able to highlight all messages and drag-n-drop them into a folder of my choice.

I can sort of do it, One by one if I drag and drop.

Is there any other method to obtaining this.....selecting all messages and dropping them into a local folder?




  • Lanny Level 5 Level 5 (4,175 points)
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    Apr 27, 2012 7:36 PM (in response to Applexometa)

    Since one of the main advantages of having an IMAP account is having your email on the server and simultaneously on your Mac, I'm having a hard time understanding why you need to export anything.


    Why is your email no longer functioning.

  • Lanny Level 5 Level 5 (4,175 points)
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    Apr 27, 2012 7:47 PM (in response to Applexometa)

    Your Inbox, Sent, and any folders are seperate mail boxes, just highlight each one and do an export.

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    The mailboxes are located in your Users Library folder:


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  • Lanny Level 5 Level 5 (4,175 points)
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    Apr 27, 2012 7:58 PM (in response to Applexometa)

    A mail file is a mail file. It's meant to be used with an eMail client, i.e., Mail or otherwise. If you want individual files for everyone of your emails, you'll have to make them by either saving them individually, .eml files, or converting them to individual PDFs.

  • basilmir Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)
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    Jan 22, 2013 3:58 AM (in response to Lanny)

    The mbox file also has a file limit of 4.3 gb and my Archive folder is MUCH bigger than that.


    It seems i can drag e-mail one by one out to a folder in Finder BUT i have 28000 of them. Has anyone fixed this?


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