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Import MBOX to Outlook

Import MBOX to Outlook
Imports emails from MBOX files to the specified Outlook folder. It is possible to retain the original folder structure.
Version: 4.21 released on May 11, 2023.
(4.6 / 178 reviews)

Import MBOX to Outlook
You can download a free limited version down below

Main features

  • Supports all MBOX versions created in different email clients, such as mboxo, mboxrd, mboxcl, mboxcl2, and others.
  • Supports all modern Outlook versions (from Outlook 2007).
  • Process multiple MBOX files at once without any limitations.
  • Can handle large data files of any size.
  • Maintains the source folder structure in the Outlook mailbox.
  • Can create individual folders for separate MBOX files, making it easier to organize and access imported files.
  • Preserves email metadata, formatting, attachments, Internet headers, and Google labels.
  • Allows selective import of MBOX files or messages from the file rather than importing all messages and files at once.
  • Can move successfully imported source files to another folder to avoid duplication when importing the same folder again.
  • The command line in the Professional Edition gives you the ability to use the tool in different scripts and scenarios, allowing you to automate the MBOX migration for multiple users or schedule the import.

What is MBOX format

MBOX is an email database format used by many email clients for Windows, Unix, Linux and Apple Macintosh. One mailbox folder is typically stored in a single file, making it easy to back up and transfer emails.

The MBOX format is not compatible with Microsoft Outlook, which uses its own PST format for message databases. To access MBOX messages in Outlook, you must use the MBOX to PST converter or import MBOX to Outlook.

How to import MBOX to Outlook manually

The manual import of MBOX to Outlook involves the following steps:

  1. Connect the email address of a client that uses the MBOX data file to an Outlook profile. 
  2. Save the messages from the added account to a folder in the Outlook mailbox. 

The manual process is complex, time-consuming, and prone to errors. It requires technical knowledge and experience working with different email systems. It also does not offer any additional options and may not transfer the data properly.

How to import MBOX to Outlook automatically

This tool quickly transfers emails from MBOX to Outlook. It can import MBOX files from multiple subfolders, preserving the folder structure. It is safe for all email data and metadata, including attachments and original Internet headers. It offers a wide range of advanced options and is easy to configure.

Benefits of automatic MBOX to Outlook import

The automatic import of MBOX to Outlook has many benefits. It is faster and more efficient than the manual method. It transfers the information accurately during the process, maintaining the integrity of the email messages. It can handle data files from multiple subfolders, preserving the subfolder structure. When importing, the utility saves Internet message headers and restores categories and folders from Google labels. It offers selective import options and moves processed files to another folder, allowing you to run the saved utility configuration several times without creating duplicates.

Steps to import MBOX to Outlook automatically

  1. Open the utility from Outlook or a separate launcher.
  2. Select source files or a folder.
  3. Include subfolders if necessary.
  4. Choose the destination Outlook folder.
  5. Select whether to create an individual folder for each MBOX file.
  6. In the Advanced tab, select additional options by ticking the required boxes.
  7. Select the messages to import, with or without attachments. 
  8. Specify the maximum size of the source files.
  9. If necessary, select the folder to move the imported files.
  10. Start the process by clicking Run.

Bulk import of MBOX files

Bulk import allows you to transfer MBOX files from multiple folders to Outlook at once. This can be done using a command line in the Professional Edition that supports batch import. The command line allows you to use the utility in many scripts and scenarios, automate the email migration for multiple users, and schedule the automatic runs.


Can I import multiple MBOX files at once?

Yes. You can select a source folder with multiple files in different subfolders. The software Professional Version also supports batch importing of multiple folders.

Are the attachments imported along with the emails?

Yes. The software preserves all email data, including attachments.

Can I import MBOX files created with different email clients?

Yes. The utility supports all types of MBOX files.

Will the import process affect my existing Outlook data?

No. The utility only adds the MBOX messages to your Outlook account, and the process does not affect your existing data. The newly added messages can be marked as unread for easy identification.

Is it possible to import MBOX files to a specific folder in Outlook?

Yes. The tool allows you to specify a preferred Outlook folder during setup.

Can I import MBOX files to multiple Outlook profiles or Exchange server folders?

Yes. The command line app in the Professional Edition allows bulk import into multiple Outlook profiles and Exchange Server public folders.

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