how do I import .pst files into Thunderbird on my mac

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by trailertom, Oct 14, 2009.

  1. trailertom macrumors newbie

    Oct 14, 2009
    I lost all my emails in my inbox and sent mail, but luckily i had them backed up as .pst files

    Problem is I need to import the pst. files into Thunderbird on my mac. Does anyone know how to do this? If so can you please explain in detail the steps I need to complete an import.

    Here is what I have to work with

    Mac ibook G4, running osx 10.4.11, and Mozilla Thunderbird version
  2. andylyon macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2008
    Is there not an import option on the file menu at the top? I'm sire on the Windows version there is so look for similar.

  3. pdjudd macrumors 601

    Jun 19, 2007
    Plymouth, MN
    PST is very proprietary - you are not going to find a mac solution that will accept PST - its a closed Microsoft file. I know you can use outlook on a PC and you the Windows version of Thunderbird to copy them over, but I cannot remember how to do that exactly either.

    PST files are pretty much Windows and Outlook only formats unfortunately - no matter how you slice it, you are going to need both of those.
  4. pdjudd macrumors 601

    Jun 19, 2007
    Plymouth, MN
    That option is not there on the Mac, just Windows (it doesn't even open PST files directly, it just import whatever is in Outlooks main mailbox).
  5. Sky Blue Guest

    Sky Blue

    Jan 8, 2005
    I'm pretty sure only Outlook will accept PSTs.
  6. pdjudd macrumors 601

    Jun 19, 2007
    Plymouth, MN
    That is indeed correct. As it said - Outlook and PST files are very proprietary. I do know that Thunderbird can import emails from Outlook somehow. Its been far too long but Google might help.
  7. evlway macrumors newbie


    Oct 13, 2009
    Dallas, Texas
    Import PST files

    Use a computer with Outlook installed -- copy the pst to the computer -- open Outlook - use File > Data File Management > add the pst -- drag the email from the pst to the Inbox -- export the Inbox -- or import the Inbox to Thunderbird
  8. John Jacob macrumors 6502a

    John Jacob

    Feb 11, 2003
    Columbia, MD
    Use Outlook2Mac from LittleMachines. $10, if I remember right. I used it, and it worked fine. Only issue that I faced was that it discarded the email addresses from all my emails that were sent and received through Exchange. So if the email was from "John Jacob" <>, after conversion to MBOX format and import into Thunderbird it would show up as from "John Jacob".

    If you want a free solution, and you have a Windows machine (or have boot camp on your Mac), you could try the steps in this article. Or you could try this plugin. I haven't tried either of these methods.
  9. trailertom thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 14, 2009
    Thanks everyone for the info

    here is some additional info for anyone who may have had teh same issue as me....

    again, I am using a mac with mac operating system. No PC, No Windows, No Vista for me. :)

    In Thunderbird....

    Under Tools, then Import, Thunderbird gives me a screen where I have to:
    "Select the type of material to import:
    Address Books

    I select mail. When I hit the next button Thunderbird gives me a screen where I have to:
    "Please Select the program from which you would like to import:"
    Communicator 4.x

    If I select the "Communicator 4.x" option Thunderbird just sits there doing nothing for eternity. If I select the "Eudora" option Thunderbird gives me a screen where I have to "Select mail directory" where i can search for .pst files. The .pst files are de-highlighted and I cannot select them to import.

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