Where does apple mail store it's mail files?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by btcomm, Nov 10, 2007.

  1. btcomm macrumors regular

    Oct 18, 2006
    Where are they located so I can back them up?
  2. fistful macrumors 6502a


    Mar 29, 2004
  3. amarmot macrumors newbie

    Jul 1, 2009
    not sure anymore

    used to be stored in ~/Library/Mail, but now seems to be hidden. So far I have not been able to get a solution to this.
  4. ranbo macrumors newbie

    Nov 28, 2008
    Still in <home>/Library/Mail, but hidden

    Mail still appears to store messages in <home>/Library/Mail, but the files are hidden from the Finder.

    If you open your Terminal, you can do "cd Library/Mail" and you'll be in the directory where the messages are. "du -sh *" will show the size of each file or folder in that directory; "ls -al" will list the files and folders.

    Good luck.
  5. johnharbo macrumors newbie

    Sep 8, 2007
    Apple Mail files are in Home/Library/Mail

    Apple Mail files are in Home/Library/Mail. The key is to close the Mail program first. When the Mail program is open, the Mail folder is hidden in the Library folder. This prevents you from tampering and causing problems by changing files while the Mail program is active.
  6. Javik macrumors regular

    Mar 26, 2011
    is there anyway to move this default location?

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