Desktop based email clients have become more than just a way to read, write and receive mails. Nowadays, email applications are renovating into tremendous productivity tools, which permit users to easily manage email with a little effort and customized to user’s email requirement by offering beneficial features. Each email client has different file extension to store its database. Out of which one of them is MBOX file extension.
MBOX file extension is a plain text file that saves email data as 7 bit ASCII text and all the attachments are saved in encoded format. Mainly, MBOX files are used for storing or managing the messages in single text files that stands for MailBox. In it, each message is specified by “From” with a white space character and at the end of every message; it is specified with a blank line. In the following section we will discuss about MBOX file format.
MBOX File Format Description
MBOX family includes numerous modified file formats: mboxo, mboxrd, mboxcl, and mboxcl2. These file formats will be clear to understand as mentioned:
MBOX stores all its data at default location i.e. “/user/library/mail/mailboxes/directory”. The store location can vary for various MBOX based email application.
Supported Email Clients
MBOX file extension is supported by different email applications for the data management such as AppleMail, Mulberry, Entourage, Thunderbird, Eudora, Spicebird, SeaMonkey, Mozillamail, Pocomail, Netscape, ClawsMail, Cone, Evolution, Sylpheed, OperaMail, Mutt, Gnu Mail, etc.
Security is the main concern of every user before accessing any email application. MBOX file extension is an open source file that can be easily open on any platform. Therefore user can easily access and edit the data. It offers profile protection security only. With the profile protection security they can provide password security.
However many times users face some issue while accessing MBOX file extension data, one such issue is discussed below that is taken from the forums site.
Problem Faced by Users
“I use Thunderbird as an email application on my system to manage all my data. As it supports MBOX file format that can be easily view on any text file. Therefore, I am planning to switch my email client because my mails contain all my organization’s data. Can anyone guide me a relevant solution to convert all my data from one email application to another?”
Users can use the third party utility to perform the conversion of data from one email application to another as it helps to save user’s time and effort by using few steps. It helps to maintain the data integrity.
MBOX file extension is supported by various email clients for the storage of database. In the above discussion, MBOX file format description is discussed. Along with it, the problem faced by users by using MBOX file extension and its solution is described.