How to convert MBOX to CSV in under 60 seconds
Updated: Mar 1
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If you've ever wanted to analyse your own email data but struggled to convert files from MBOX to Excel or CSV, but keep being directed to numerous blogs and programming forums, you are not alone.
We’ve been there – which is why we’ve created an easy conversion tool, and this handy guide to go with it!
What even are MBOX and CSV files?
MBOX holds a large archive of email messages as plain text. Yet, they are inaccessible to read and analyse. These file types are used by email platforms Apple Mail, Microsoft Outlook, Mozilla, Google Mail and more.
CSV stands for comma separated values. They are text files that store data in columns (separated by commas) and rows (separated by line breaks). Excel is able to open them for easier access.
Why do you need to convert MBOX files?
Personal Analytics: Mining your own mailbox for insights on how you spend your time, who you subscribe to, and what you’re missing out on.
Organisational Analytics: Mapping all of your organisational relationships from your mailbox. A quick and easy way to get on top of your workload!
CRM analysis: Understanding who and what you speak about the most – perfect for those curious about their personal data or marketeers reaching out to their existing audience.
How can you do it?
All you need to do is download the mbox file from your email platform of choice (we’ve guided you through that below), and then upload to our easy-to-use converter tool.
So, how do you get started?
Step 1: Download MBOX file
Download your MBOX file from your mail server. Each site is different – we've got step-by-step guides for Gmail and Apple Mail users. If you need help with other services, drop us an email and we'll help you out!
1. If you use Gmail, go to https://takeout.google.com/ and export your inbox as an mbox file
2. Click 'Deselect all' and scroll down to mail and tick to select
3. Click 'All mail data included' and select deselect all and only select 'inbox' or one email label/folder at a time because this will help keep the file size small and make sure it converts successfully
4. Scroll down and select 'Next Step' and choose your export options
5. Click 'Create export' and wait for Google to send your data…
Beware – this final step can take possibly hours, or even days, depending on how many emails you have! For best results, make sure to keep files to 1GB or under (our tool will handle it better too).
You now have an mbox file! What’s next?
Step 2: Let us do the work
Follow the link below and upload your mbox file. Then, we will convert this to a CSV file in under 60 seconds!
Voila! Now, you have data that can be easily read by humans and computers alike!
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