MSG to EML: How to Convert Outlook Email from Outlook .MSG to .EML

There are two basic formats for storing individual email messages: .eml and .msg

The .eml open message standard was pioneered by a document called RFC-822 which set the convention for creating and formatting email messages.

Microsoft, however, decided to pursue a different path.  Outlook email messages have the file extention .msg, and are not compatible with email clients like Thunderbird that open .eml files.  Microsoft Outlook can open both .msg and .eml files.

Converting Outlook .Msg emails into .Eml files ensures that the emails are accessible in an open messaging standard, which makes email more suitable for long term storing or archiving.  There are also different situations where importing email requires conversion of email from .msg to .eml.

There are various tools on the market that can accomplish this. The two tools we will look at today are developed by Encryptomatic LLC.

MessageExport for Outlook

MessageExport is an Outlook add-in.  If you already are using Outlook, MessageExport will let you save emails directly from Outlook to .eml format, as well as PDF and many other formats.

MessageExport supports Outlook 2016/2013/2010 and 2007. After installation, it becomes part of the Outlook toolbar.   Using MessageExport is as simple as selecting one or more emails from the mail list, choosing “Export to EML” from the Outlook toolbar, and clicking on the “Export” button.

Outlook Msg to Eml with MessageExport
MessageExport saves Outlook email to EML files.

PstViewer Pro Eml Viewer

PstViewer Pro (formerly called EmlViewer Pro) is an email viewer that reads .eml, .msg, .pst, .ost and other popular email file formats.

To convert .Msg to .Eml with PstViewer Pro, first select the Windows folder containing the .msg files.  Next, highlight the .msg files in the mail list that you want to convert to to .eml
Finally, select “Export to Eml” from the drop down list and click “Export.”

PstViewer Pro will then convert the msg files into eml files. Because PstViewer Pro supports many other formats, you can mix and match between them to accomplish a wide range of email conversion tasks.

PstViewer Pro screen shots
Convert .Msg email to .Eml with PstViewer Pro’s conversion tools.

Try Either or Both, Free

PstViewer Pro and MessageExport both offer 15 day free trials from their product home pages.   If you own Outlook and are comfortable working from the Outlook GUI,  then MessageExport is likely the best choice for you   If you want to work independently of Outlook or if you do not own Outlook, then PstViewer Pro will get the job done for you.

Please post any questions below. We would love to hear what you think.

How to Convert Emails From Outlook .MSG to .EML Files

This article will show you how to convert Outlook .msg files to .eml files.

Msg email files are created by Microsoft Office Outlook.  An Msg file contains a single email message and any file attachments.  When an Outlook email message is copied outside of Outlook’s .pst or .ost database file, it is saved as a .msg file. Usually, the file name will be the email subject, such as “monthly report.msg”

If you have Microsoft Outlook for Windows, you can open an .msg file by clicking on it.  Because .msg files are a format that is proprietary to Microsoft, you may want to bulk convert Outlook .msg files to .eml files.  .Eml files are an open format supported by other email clients.

EmlViewer Pro is a handy tool for managing and converting email content.  It can read both .msg and .eml files, as well as Outlook .pst, .ost and .mbox files.

While Outlook can open individual .msg files when you click on them, it does not search or organize .msg or .eml files.  EmlViewer Pro is useful for reading in a folder with hundreds or thousands of .msg or .eml files, searching them, and also exporting them to different formats.

How to convert .Msg to .Eml

Download a free trial of EmlViewer Pro (also known as PstViewer Pro) and follow along with us.

When EmlViewer Pro starts, use the explorer view in the left column to select the folder containing your .msg email files. The .msg files will be read into EmlViewer Pro.  An .msg file can be recognized by the small “M” email icon in the mail list.

 

Screen shot of EmlViewer Pro with .msg files displayed.
.Msg Files in the EmlViewer Pro mail list.

Use EmlViewer Pro’s search feature to identify the .msg files you want to convert to .eml.

To select an email, highlight it in the list by clicking on it.  You can hold the control key and select multiple .msg emails for conversion.  To select all emails in the list, type control-A.

Now that the .msg files have been selected, click on the “Export” tab. From the dropdown list, select “Eml” export profile and then click on the “Export” button.

EmlViewer Pro will now begin converting the selected files from Msg to Eml format.

When the process is complete, you can use EmlViewer Pro to select the folder where your new .eml files reside, and they will be read into the mail list.

Converting .msg to .eml emails is easy with EmlViewer Pro. If you have any questions, please post them in the comments, or email us at supportline at encryptomatic.com, or call us at +1-651-815-4902 x2.