Workaround Rated 3 out of 5 stars


This feature is very usefull, then I tryed this steps

1-Install version 3.0 that you can download in
2- import your filters
3- check all your filters
4-make a upgrade to latest version as you can download on

good luck


No more compatible Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Cannot rate it, it's not compatible with Thunderbird 31.x
May we hope for an update?
Giving 5 stars for support!

Rated 3 out of 5 stars

No compatibility Thunderbird 31.0

Thanks for Thunderbird Message Filter Import/Export Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I just installed this and it looks like it is just what I needed to archive some older emails from family and friends - I had been using a "webmail" solution for email and after the ISP deleting my email account for the second time (for not checking it often enough) i'm using Thunderbird to pull all my separate mailboxes together and now I can archive at my on pace thanks

An "Enhanced" version exists for modern TB Rated 4 out of 5 stars

There is a patched version of this, not a recommendation for or against, just a pointer for those not aware of its existence:

Rated 1 out of 5 stars

Too bad it no more works with TB 11. :(

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Why not update?
Let's go to use "Thunderbird Message Filter Import/Export Enhanced"

Will this extension be updated for TB 10? Rated 5 out of 5 stars

As in the subject, can we hope this great extension won't be forgot and will be updated? I really hope so!

Help for actual versions of Firefox (Windows) Rated 1 out of 5 stars

The PlugIn doesn't work with actual versions of Firefox (some years ago it worked great).
On windows computers the rules can be found in msgFilterRules.dat.

Filter import in Mac missing destination Rated 1 out of 5 stars

I tried exporting message filters from version 9 in vista to version version 9 on mac but failed during import. I get the message that I am using a different file structure than the original export. The result is that all the filter destinations come out as empty as the tool cannot figure out where to put it. Both the source and destinations are identical except for Vista and Mac. Anyone one knows why this is happening.

doesn't install on 6.0 Rated 1 out of 5 stars

says, "Thunderbird Message Filter Import/Export could not be installed because its not compatible with Thunderbird 6.0." Tried editing the file as mentioned below but the file appears to be binary (not editable).

How to use it? Rated 1 out of 5 stars

I would like to know how this extension works ... I would like to export all of my e-mails from Thunderbird, and i thought that this extension is going to help me, but i can not fine any "export" button or menu item to export my emails. Are there any instructions ?!?!

Works on 7.0.1 Rated 4 out of 5 stars

I made the tweaks to the .xpi file as described earlier, but in my case I set the max version to "7.0.*" (without the quotes) and I was able to import filters.

I only wish the developer would update this,

Peer's patched version worked with TB3 and TB6 Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Thank you Wind Li and Peer.
I tried the patched version by Peer with TB 3.1.13 on Ubuntu 11.04 and TB 6.0.2 on Windows XP.
It worked.

Exporting seems no problem. It always generates a text file containing the filter rules.
As for importing, only once, I got a trouble that the operation terminated successfully but nothing came up to the filter menu after rebooting TB. But, I guess it because the profile data had some inconsistency before importing. At that time, I copied a profile from the other TB and then started TB to import the file. Maybe I made a mishap when I copied the profile manually.

Other than this case, this plugin works as I hoped.
Two unimportant problem to me is:

(1) When you import a filter rule, the old rule in TB is erased or overwritten. If you want to them combined together, I guess you firstly need to export the current rule to a file and edit it with the new rule. It may be just a plane text file but I'm not sure.

(2) While the export button is located on the message filter window, the import button isn't. It appears on the pull down bar of the tool menu. I was confused a little -- "Huh? Where is the import button?"

But anyway, I'm happy now. Again, I say thank you to Wind Li and Peer. (By the way, I wanted to donate to the author but this page doesn't have a link to Paypal . So I submitted it via one of his other plugin pages.)

Missing EML export WITH full folder tree structure Rated 1 out of 5 stars

I am waiting for a really usable export+import function for years. Originally I expected such a feature in Thunderbird itself but I lost my hope. The Add-On here is far away from being good.

I sorted all my approx. 100000 messages into a folder tree with approx 1500 folders.
Now I want to export them in *.eml format. So that a folder in Thunderbird is represented by a folder in Win7 (Linux). The export should take place in one step (not by having to export each single folder one-by-one).
Unfortunately this important core task is NOT possible with this Import/Export Add-on.
I got no feedback from the author if he is willing to implement this (easy) feature or not.

So I am still waiting for a real usable import/export Add-on


Please send the complaint to Thunderbird team

Please send the complaint to Thunderbird team.
This is not the right place.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Hi WInd Li.
Thank for the answer.

You need export it from one thunderbird instance and import it to another.

I tried it, I export and import next. But my filder windows stays empty... Sorry, maybe I misunderstood something.

Rated 1 out of 5 stars

does not work in Thunderbird 6.0

Rated 3 out of 5 stars

Making the Ho-Ho suggested changes makes it install. And export. But I can't get it to import anything. It says it does but nothing shows up.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Just tested - It will work with TB6 if you follow Ho Ho's description. For convenience, I have packed the patched xpi here:

Have fun

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

There's a workaround for TB5 compatibility.
- Download the XPI addon file
- Open it with WinRAR and extract the file "install.rdf"
- Edit install.rdf and look for "Mozilla Thunderbird".
- Change "<em:maxVersion>" value from 3.1.* to 5.*
- Save the file and update the file back into the XPI file via WinRAR
- Remove the disabled addon in TB5 and add back the updated one.
- Restart TB5

I've tried exporting and importing it. Works for me but your mileage may vary.