EML File - opening and understanding

Did your computer fail to open an EML file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .EML files.

What is an EML file?

Files that contain the .eml file extension are email files that have usually been sent or received by a POP3 email application. These files are normally associated with the Outlook Express software, which is a POP3 email application that is distributed by Microsoft. In some cases, however, EML files can also be created by other email clients as well.

The EML files contain the contents of an email message and they may also contain attachments that were sent by the sender with the original email message. EML files can also contain hyperlinks and linked attachments.

EML files are normally stored in plain text format.

How to open EML files

You will need a program compatible with the specific file you are trying to open, as different programs may use files with file extension EML for different purposes.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 10 different EML openers which you will find listed below.

Suggest another file format using extension EML

While we know of one file format using the .EML file extension, there may be more. It is widespread that different programs use files with the same file extension for very different types of data. Please let us know if you are aware of a different kind of .EML file.

Various viewers for this file format

These apps are known to open certain types of EML files. Remember, different programs may use EML files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

Free File ViewerFree File ViewerUser submitted
WinRARWinRARUser submitted
Windows Live MailWindows Live MailUser submitted
Microsoft OutlookMicrosoft OutlookUser submitted
Mozilla ThunderbirdMozilla ThunderbirdUser submitted
IBM Lotus Notes/DominoIBM Lotus Notes/DominoUser submitted
Microsoft OfficeMicrosoft OfficeUser submitted
IncrediMailIncrediMailUser submitted
SeaMonkeySeaMonkeyUser submitted
IBM Notes/DominoIBM Notes/DominoUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with EML-files on Mac. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!
We have not verified any web services that we know for certain will work with EML-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!