Thunderbird to Mail

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by drummer5645, Mar 28, 2014.

  1. drummer5645 macrumors member

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    If anyone has done this and knows to import TB's local files into Apple Mail, I need some help.

    On delivery this week of my new iMac 21.5 I decided to move to Safari and Mail from Firefox and Thunderbird. I think it may be have been misguided but not because of features.

    Apple support has gone down hill since my last Applecare+ experience with my 2 year old iPad or my 2007 mid aluminum iMac. "Support" use to be the difference maker to overlook price premiums on Apple products. OSX still has the upper hand over Windows but....
     
  2. Consultant macrumors G5

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    So what exactly is not working?

    You provided zero technical detail of your problem.
     
  3. Weaselboy Moderator

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    If you open Mail and go to File menu then Import Mailboxes... you get this.

    [​IMG]

    You should be able to point this to your TB folder and import your messages to Mail.
     
  4. drummer5645 thread starter macrumors member

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    Didn't supply on purpose as I was looking for someone who had done, see Weaselboy. Net though is TB has local folders with saved emails on the HD. Good example would be taxes for 2014 would contain all appropriate emails to file 2014 taxes. Apple is incapable of helping do this import/export.

    Weaselboy we just tried this with an escalated support type at Apple and it but did it from a push rather than a pull. Again as above they are saved under local folder with content on the HD. Will try it and let you know. Thanks

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    I think it requires each of the local files to be saved individually and then pulled. I will try that.
     
  5. Weaselboy Moderator

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    If your TB profile is at the default ~/Library/Thunderbird/Profiles folder, Mail should just import the whole thing at once.
     
  6. drummer5645 thread starter macrumors member

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    Ok Weaselboy, exposing my stupidity, I can't find the Library /Thunderbid file anywhere I looked
     
  7. Weaselboy, Mar 28, 2014
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    Depending on that OS X version you are on, the user library may be hidden.

    Open Terminal and paste in the command below then enter to unhide the library folder.

    Code:
    chflags nohidden ~/Library/
    Now go back to that import dialogue and when you click continue you should get something like this.

    [​IMG]

    Double click by your username with the little house (my arrow) then on the right double click Library, then Thunderbird, then Profiles. That should fix you up.

    Edit: I am assuming here the TB files were migrated to the new Mac.
     
  8. drummer5645 thread starter macrumors member

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    Weaselboy you are the man. The terminal trick did it. Had to clean up a few duplicates. I really appreciate your help/advice.

    What I can't understand is how Apple support can/won't do this. They must know that the more they lock up new or repeat users/customers the better it is for the bottom line.
    Not to demean your advice but this wasn't rocket science. Or maybe it was :)
     
  9. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Oh good... glad it worked. :)

    Yes, one would think Apple tech support would know how to do this. It is built right in their own Mail app.
     
  10. yansun macrumors regular

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    I recently imported all my mails from Thunderbird to Mail, but aparently not all mails were imported. Some folders I wanted to import are completely empty although in Thunderbird there are mails in these folders. I tried the whole thing two times, with the same result. The mails are still missing. What could be the problem?
     

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