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Old 10-01-2006, 11:04 AM
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Import Emails from Opera to Thunderbird


Preface: I used Opera for a week while I tried to figure out why FF crashed on me all of a sudden. I also used the built-in email client for Opera, which downloaded all my email to my hard drive.

When I was finally able to fix FF and wanted to go back to FF & Thunderbird for web/email, I was faced with a problem - Thunderbird can only import email from Outlook, Eudora, Communcator, and Outlook Express.

After doing a little digging on Google, and using the old noodle, this is what I came up with, and it worked a treat

===== WARNING: BACKING UP YOUR EXISTING EMAIL (IF YOU HAVE ANY) IS A VERY GOOD IDEA. I CANNOT GUARANTEE THIS WILL WORK FLAWLESSLY FOR YOU =====

Opera Version: 9.02
Thunderbird Version: 1.02
I also want to add that in Opera I had my email filtered by address, which made this very easy for me to import the right emails to the right address within Thunderbird.

In addition, I had only one profile in Thunderbird.

Lastly, I already had the email accounts set up in Thunderbird that I wanted to import emails for before starting this process.

1. For each filter, right-click on the name and select "Export". Save the .mbs file to a folder on your computer.
1a. Copy the .mbs file (Click on the file and then Ctrl+C) [This part is optional but made things go faster for me]

2. Navigate to C:/Documents & Settings /<user name>/Application Data/Thunderbird/Profiles/<profile name>/Mail (where <user name> is the username for your windows login, and <profile name> is the profile name in Thunderbird)

3. Find the email account folder you're importing to, eg mail.something.com and go to the "Inbox" folder

4. Create a folder with .sbd as the suffix (eg, importedmails.sbd)

5. [Copy/]Paste the .mbs file and rename to filename.msf (eg, importedmails.msf)

6. [Copy/]Paste the .mbs file again and rename to filename (no file extension, eg importedmails)

It's important that in steps 4,5, and 6 you use the same name for all 3. So if you start with funstuff.mbs, you should have funstuff.msf, funstuff.sbd, and funstuff in the same folder when you're done.

I hope this helps someone else looking to import their emails from Opera to Thunderbird

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Old 10-01-2006, 08:49 PM
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Very good info.......I hope someone makes use of it

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Old 10-09-2006, 12:47 PM
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I had to do this a few months ago when I started to get sick of Opera's email program. I am sure a lot of people will find your tutorial useful.

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Old 12-27-2006, 05:19 PM
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OH, yeah if anyone is out there don't upgrade to Netscape 8.0 b/c it isn't an e-mail client. I have know people to upgrade to this thinking they could import their address book and they lost everything with the upgrade. FYI.

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Old 01-30-2007, 10:29 PM
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thanks for that info, it could be useful one day, there's no problem with my email on Opera 9.10 , beside I just use an gmail as a POP 3 mail and the original mail still exist on my inbox

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Talking Gmail is the Answer

So many businesses are running on gmail. It's the office pop3 upgrade and widely used by many people in/out of business.

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Old 04-10-2007, 06:01 PM
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Thanks for the tip. I've always been a Mozilla user but I can't help but to explore once in a while using other browsers just to get a load of how other browser works.

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Does this info still apply? Can this be done with any web-mail system, like gmail or AOL? I have a whole bunch of emails on my private AOL account and I would like to download them to my local drive.

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Old 05-31-2011, 10:19 AM
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Does this info still apply? Can this be done with any web-mail system, like gmail or AOL? I have a whole bunch of emails on my private AOL account and I would like to download them to my local drive.
Yes I know because I just spent the last 2 hours looking for it. AOL is better for it than gmail since gmail tends to block accounts for over-activity but AOL tends to be more liberal.

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Old 06-28-2011, 06:20 AM
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Thanks for the detailed information..

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Old 06-13-2012, 05:30 AM
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Thanks for the info..

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Old 10-24-2012, 12:26 PM
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Tnx. Very good info

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Old 10-24-2012, 01:30 PM
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Since the thread is many years old, perhaps it no longer needs "thanks".

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