Opening .msg Files?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Noisemaker, Apr 13, 2011.

  1. Noisemaker Guest

    Mar 13, 2009
    I have some .msg files that I need to get opened. I'd prefer a free program to view them in the proper format, with the ability to save them as text, or rtf, or some other more useful format.

    What do you guys recommend?
  2. Noisemaker thread starter Guest

    Mar 13, 2009
    I don't have access to outlook, and I'd prefer to avoid any sort of Microsoft software if possible.
  3. Noisemaker thread starter Guest

    Mar 13, 2009
    I tried that one already - it limits to 1500 characters, and its formatting is terrible, so I don't want to buy the full version.
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    You can always get MS Office 2011, which has Outlook for Mac.
  5. ConnYoungy macrumors 6502a

    Aug 14, 2010

  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Yes, I read all the posts. Did you happen to notice that it was a preference, not a requirement? If third-party apps don't do the trick, the OP is left with a solution, even if it's not the preferred solution.
  7. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
  8. jsgreen macrumors 6502

    Nov 27, 2007
    Old thread, but I came across this searching for a way to read .msg files on my Mac - turns out there is an app in the App Store called MailRaider (was free) that worked really well for me.
  9. sanjaymehta macrumors newbie

    May 5, 2008
    I'm scratching my head on this one as well.

    I have a bunch of emails coming in which have .msg attachments.

    Try as I might (,, Outlook on Mac, Outlook on XP, emailchemy, MailRaider), I can't open them properly at all. I've tried various machines (SnowLeopard, Lion, Mountain Lion).

    Just tried on my iPhone, and not only did it open the .msg attachment, it also opened the embedded PDF attachment within the .msg.

    So for now, I'm grabbing the attachments on my iPhone and forwarding back to myself to read on the Mac.

    Posting this in case someone else has the same problem. I have no idea why this works.
  10. fguzman07 macrumors newbie

    Mar 13, 2011
    squirrelmail msg attachments

    Apps like MailRaider are good at opening msg files from outlook. But msg files from squirrelmail are an entirely different breed, despite sharing the same file extension.

    Have you figured out how to open the non-outlook msg attachments?
    I am in the same situation as you: msg attachments open fine in my ipad, but not in my iMac, even though they are both running the Mail app.
  11. 45RPMSoftware macrumors newbie

    May 28, 2010
    I think I know why this might be - although I've never used SquirrelMail myself. Please try using the latest version of MailRaider (version 2 - released onto the App Store just last week) and let me know if that sorts the problem. If it doesn't, please email me ( and I'll do my best to ensure that this format is supported in a future version of MailRaider.

    Please note, I'm very responsive to support requests - so don't suffer in silence, or waste time searching for a workaround. Just send me a mail!

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