Thursday, 12 November 2015

How to View Google Takeout MBOX File

MBOX files, stands for Mailbox file formats that are used for storing a collection of email messages. All the messages that are stored in the file are concatenated and are stored in the form of plain text in a single file. The file also get created when you backup your Gmail through Google Takeout Service, it create MBOX File as a backup. In MBOX file The messages can be distinguished from each other by a line, which consists of “From” followed by a space. Moreover, each message is separated by a blank line. This file has been a popular format for storing email messages due to its plain text structure that can be easily processed by text processing tools.

This blog mainly reflects all the methods and ways by which a user can view Google Takeout MBOX files and in the email clients of which it is not the default file format.

MBOX File & Supported Email Clients


Email clients, which have MBOX file as their default file format, include Mozilla Thunderbird, SeaMonkey, PocoMail, Eudora, Google Takeout etc. At times, a user needs to import a MBOX file from a different email client to a new one. In this section, we will enlist methods by which a MBOX file can be imported in different email clients manually, so that you can view Google Takeout file.

Importing MBOX File in Apple Mail to View Google Takeout

  1. Copy the required MBOX file in your Mac machine.
  2. Open Apple Mail.
  3. Click on File option and select Import mailboxes option from the drop down menu.
  4. Select File in mbox format option and proceed by clicking on Continue.
  5. Browse the MBOX file that has to be imported.
  6. Click on Done.

Importing MBOX File In Entourage to View Gmail Takeout MBOX File

  1. Copy the required MBOX file in your Mac machine.
  2. Open Entourage.
  3. Drag and drop the MBOX file(s) in the Entourage Inbox (in the Entourage folder list) or in any other folder you want.
  4. You will see a small triangle at the left of the Inbox. Click on it and you will find the newly imported MBOX file.
Freeware To Import MBOX Files In Other Email Clients?
In the previous section, we saw how the MBOX files can be imported in some email clients which support MBOX file. However, there exist many other email clients as well, which do not support MBOX file and in which in which a user might want to import his MBOX file in order to view the data residing within the file. In such cases, manual methods do not prove to be of any help.

Therefore, in such cases third party MBOX viewers can be deployed in order to open MBOX files. There are many freeware available in the market. Some of them are:

SysTools MBOX Viewer
SysTools MBOX Viewer is a freeware that allows the users to open, view and organize Google Takeout MBOX file emails. This tool allows viewing all the embedded attachments along with their emails.

Windows MBOX Viewer
This is yet another utility that gives users access to their MBOX files of Google Takeout. Large size MBOX files such as Mozilla Thunderbird archives can also be viewed with this utility.

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