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I'm using readpst to extract emails from a bunch of old outlook .PST files.

It does a great job of pulling out all the emails .EML files, with attachments included.

But how do I bring these into Apple Mail?

Any of the "Import..." options create a separate mailbox for each message.

I want to be able to import groups of messages into a particular mailbox.

(I know that readpst can also generate mbox files, which Apple Mail handles OK, but slowly; but this is not what I want to do.)

  • I've heard some folks have had success exporting .eml files in .mbox format with Microsoft Outlook|Office 2011. – IconDaemon Feb 17 '15 at 22:21
  • eml or emlx files – Ruskes Feb 17 '15 at 22:37
  • Have you tried just to drag and drop the .eml files into Apple Mail ?? – Rene Larsen Feb 17 '15 at 23:09
  • @ReneLarsen yes, that was the first thing I tried. – Dan Feb 17 '15 at 23:10
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If you put the exported e-mails (*.eml files) into a folder structure, then just select the outer folder as the import folder.

The test import I just did is like below:

  1. Select "Apple Mail" as the "Import data from":

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  1. Select the outer (root) folder of the e-mails to import:

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  1. Confirm the selection:

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  1. The imported .eml e-mails is now in an 'import' mailbox (only one mailbox) with the same folder structure as the folder the import came from:

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Now you can move all or selected e-mails from the import folder to the mailbox of choice. When all e-mails has been moved, just delete the 'import' mailbox.

  • Thanks, that works ... but did you notice that nearly all messages have an unopenable attachment called "Mail Atttachment"? Or is that just me? Might be because of readpst – Dan Feb 18 '15 at 0:01
  • I don't have any problems with the attachments - but I also only did a small test, where I exported some e-mails (drag'n'drop) - and the imported them again - two of them had attachments. – Rene Larsen Feb 18 '15 at 0:04
  • I wish I had found this answer before all my failed attempts to convert a folder full of .eml files to one .mbox file. Since the files were exported from Windows Vista Mail, it never occurred to me that "Apple Mail" was the option I should select. – Pete Mar 10 '16 at 7:57
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    For some reason, when I try this, each .eml gets its own folder, but both are at the same level in the same folder in the filesystem. – Adam Grant Jun 3 '16 at 0:53
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    @mdomino, @AdamGrant: If you rename the parent directory to have a .mbox extension (so, for example, the structure ends up looking like: import.mbox/message1.eml, import.mbox/message2.eml), then the current version of Mail seems to properly import all of the messages into a single folder (rather than each EML file getting its own folder). – Nick M Aug 1 '17 at 3:45

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