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How to Extract Attachments from Thunderbird – Free Way

Karen Chard ~ Modified: 06-02-2023 ~ Thunderbird ~ 5 Minutes Reading

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In this section, we’ll examine how to quickly and simply extract attachments from the Thunderbird email client. We’ll offer the most efficient way of extracting numerous email attachments from Thunderbird.


I am using the latest Thunderbird v78 in my system for email management. After a sudden system crash, I only have a backup of the Thunderbird files at the default configured location. These emails are very crucial for me as it contains the receipt of many business transactions as embedded attachments of my company.

So, I want to extract all attachments from the Thunderbird emails. I know that Thunderbird stores all of its data at the configured path. Because, I am a little non-techie, I am still unable to locate my Thunderbird mailboxes.

Can you help me find my Thunderbird emails and extract the attachments from these emails?

Eddie Thwap, Lieu Harbor

Table of Contents:

  • First Professional Solution
  • Thunderbird Add-on
  • Second Professional Solution

Instant Thunderbird Attachment Extractor Tool

Also known as the Thunderbird Attachment Extractor alternative, RecoveryTools recommends MBOX Attachment Extractor to save and download attachments from Thunderbird mail.

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This software works on MBOX files. So, you will have to export Thunderbird data first.  You can do this by either using ImportExportTools NG add-on or copying the MBOX file from Thunderbird directory. Once you have the file, do the following:

Simple Steps to Extract Thunderbird Attachments:
  1. Step 1: Run Thunderbird Attachment Extractor and select “Add File”.
  2. Step 2: Select multiple Thunderbird files to extract attachments.
  3. Step 3: Set to maintain email labels.
  4. Step 4: Hit the “Next” option to start the process.

Extract Attachments Through Thunderbird Free Add-on

If you have Mozilla Thunderbird installed in your system and manage your emails with its help. Thunderbird enables users to export all types of attachment files with help of an add-on.

Follow these steps to know about the whole process.

  1. Download Thunderbird Attachment Extractor Add-on extension from official Mozilla site.
  2. Run Thunderbird and then choose Add-ons option from the list
  3. Click on Gear icon and select Install Add-on from File… from its options list.
  4. Browse for the XPI file of Thunderbird Attachment Extractor & select it.
  5. Thereafter, click on Install Now button to continue to the resultant process
  6. After successfully installation of Attachment Extractor, a message box will appear requiring Restart of Thunderbird to enable working of extension.
  7. After that, select any of the email folders & then choose Extract all Attachments to… option and Browse for the destination location to save attachments.
  8. Choose any of the preferred locations according to your choice.
  9. Thereafter, the Addon panel will display the process of extraction of Attachments from the Thunderbird emails.
  10. All the extracted Attachment files can be easily accessed through the resultant destination location.

Professional Solution to Thunderbird Extract Attachments

You can extract attachments from the Thunderbird profile easily using the RecoveryTools Thunderbird Converter tool. Free download the trial edition of this software from the below button. A user can extract the attachments from the first 25 emails of Thunderbird during the trial edition.

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Extract Attachments from Thunderbird in 5 simple steps:

  • Launch Application & load configured Thunderbird data.
  • Select all required Thunderbird mailbox folders.
  • Choose the HTML option from the list of Saving options.
  • Setup all the options & click on the Next button.
  • Finally, you will get all Extracted Attachments in a New Folder.

Key Features of the Tool

You can try a professional tool to extract attachments from Thunderbird program. The application will support extracting objects from multiple Thunderbird profiles simultaneously.

The USP of this software is its support for automatic detection of data from a configured Thunderbird profile. The user can also manually load Thunderbird mailboxes in two ways.

It is the best solution for all non-professional users. In case of any problems, the user also can get 24/7 help with live chat support. The operation of this application is very easy and simple.

Step by step procedure of this application is listed below:

  • Install and run the Thunderbird Attachment Extractor software.install Thunderbird Extractor tool
  • The software automatically retrieves Thunderbird mailbox entries from the configured profile path. Or manually upload mailbox items by selecting Select Files / Select Folders.select Thunderbird files
  • The application displays a list of all Thunderbird mailbox folders in the software bar. Select the desired by checking the boxes.select attachments from Thunderbird
  • A list of more than 30 file storage options is displayed. Select HTML here.choose HTML to extract attachments
  • Setup all required options here, such as destination folder location, file naming conventions, etc.choose location to save attachments
  • Click Next to start the extraction process.
  • Analyze the attachment extraction process in real-time directly in its panel.live process to extract attachments from Thunderbird
  • The software eventually opens the destination folder directly. You get all the attached files in a separate folder. Order them according to your needs.open the attachments

Why is it necessary to Extract all Attachments from Thunderbird?

A Thunderbird profile can contain thousands of emails in its inbox. These emails contain many connected objects.

With emails you can attach the image, document, picture, text file, Excel worksheet, presentation, PDF file, workbook, Rar, Zip, MSG file, EML file, PST file, OLM file, OST file, etc.

The attached files take up a lot of space in your mailbox. It will take a long time to load a large mailbox file into Thunderbird. Therefore, each time you restart Thunderbird, it will take a long time to load the mailboxes.

Final Words:

The above tutorial lists two methods to extract attachments from the Mozilla Thunderbird email client. Users can do it for free using an advanced Add-on or can try professional Thunderbird attachment extractor software. We have discussed both of these methods in detail step-by-step. Also, you can contact us via live chat or email if you have any issues during the process.