MBOX File - opening and understanding

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

What is a MBOX file?

The .mbox file extension is used for an email-related file type that was developed as an email mailbox container. These MBOX files can normally be found in older versions of Linux, various Unix platforms and Mac OS X. Saved emails are stored in these .mbox files.Apple Mail can be used to export these MBOX files. This is an email application that was created by Apple, Inc. Other email programs for older versions of Linux and various Unix systems can also be used to export and open the content of these .mbox files. In more recent versions of Mac OS X and Apple Mail, this .mbox file format has already been replaced with newer file formats like the .emxl mailbox file type.It's recommended to use an email program with support for these .mbox files when trying to access the content of these mailbox files. The data stored in these MBOX files may be encrypted, which means these .mbox files should first be exported to a compatible email program before users can access its content.

How to open MBOX 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 MBOX for different purposes.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 2 different MBOX openers which you will find listed below.

Suggest another file format using extension MBOX

While we know of one file format using the .MBOX 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 .MBOX file.

Various viewers for this file format

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

RealNetworks RealJukeboxRealNetworks RealJukeboxUser submitted
SysTools OST RecoverySysTools OST RecoveryUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with MBOX-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 MBOX-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!