Converting Outlook email from .msg to .eml files

Screen shot of msg-to-eml conversion software.

EML Viewer Pro is a  versatile Windows software app. You can use it to manage, search and view emails that are formatted in a variety of common formats, including .eml, .msg, .mht, .pst and .ost files.

One of the nice features of EML Viewer Pro is its ability to convert and export email messages from one format to another.  With version 4.7, you can now export email message content to .eml format. .EML files are formatted according to the RFC-822 spec. As an open format, it is supported by most email clients, including Windows Mail and Mozilla Thunderbird.  Because it is an open, non-proprietary format it may be desirable to convert emails into .eml files for archiving purposes.

Here’s how to convert Outlook .msg files into .eml files using EML Viewer Pro.

First, open EML Viewer Pro, and find the folder containing your Outlook .msg files.   Click on the folder, and EML Viewer Pro will read in the msg files and display them in the main list.  Select any listed email message to view it in the reading pane. Double click on an email to open it in full screen view.

Select the emails you want to convert into .eml files.  To select a message, you click on it.  To select multiple messages, hold down the control key, and click on the messages you want.  To choose all of the emails in the list, type Control-A on your Windows keywboard.  Messages that are selected are shown in the list with a blue highlight.

Picture of EML Viewer Pro main menu with msg files selected.
Eml Viewer Pro main screen. Selected email messages are highlighted blue.

When you have selected the emails, you can export them in a single batch operation.  Choose “Export to EML” profile from the toolbar drop down list.

Picture shows how to select the "Export to EML" export profile in EML Viewer PRo
Choose the “Export to EML” profile

To begin the conversion process, click the Export button (the icon with the yellow paper and the green arrow).  EML Viewer Pro will go to work exporting your .msg files to .eml files.

Export process progress bar
Exporting msg files to eml

There is no limit to the number of messages you can export (note: if you are using EML Viewer Pro in trial mode, the limit is 50 emails per export operation. This is removed after the software is purchased).

If you need an flexible tool to help manage your email content, try EML Viewer Pro. It’s several tools in one: view, search, and export.  You can download a free trial and learn more about EML Viewer Pro from the product website.

 

Converting Outlook Email To .EML

EML Viewer Pro is a Windows software tool for managing directories of Outlook EML files. If you have hundreds or thousands of EML files that you need to search and convert, then EML Viewer Pro is a solid tool for that task.

But what if you are a Microsoft Outlook user and you want to convert your Outlook email messages into the open EML file format?   Microsoft does not natively support converting email into .eml files. Fortunately this task is easily accomplished by downloading the MessageExport add-in for Microsoft Outlook.

MessageExport will install directly to the Outlook toolbar. It is compatible with Outlook 2003, 2007, 2010 and the upcoming 2013, both 32 and 64-bit.

To use MessageExport, first select the email messages in the mail list that you want to convert into .eml files.

Image of Outlook toolbar shows how to convert email to .eml conversion.
Convert Outlook email to .eml files

Next, choose “Export to EML” from the drop down list.  Finally, click the blue “Export” button to begin the eml conversion process. You may be prompted to select a folder where the .eml files can be stored.  MessageExport can convert one, hundreds or thousands of Outlook emails into .eml files.

The .eml files that are produced can be opened with EML Viewer Pro, or with any email software that supports the RFC-822 EML file format (which most do).

There are many, many other options in MessageExport. For example you can have it automatically convert email into .eml files on a scheduled basis. You setup a specific naming scheme based on information in the email. You can also export to msg, pdf, and other formats.

Click here to learn more about MessageExport and download a free trial. The free trial runs for 15 days. After that you can continue to use MessageExport to convert individual email messages to .eml or any of the many other formats that it supports.