Search Support

Avoid support scams. We will never ask you to call or text a phone number or share personal information. Please report suspicious activity using the “Report Abuse” option.

Learn More

How do I configure Thunderbird so the filenames for saved emails start with the date?

  • 6 replies
  • 1 has this problem
  • 11 views
  • Last reply by sfhowes

more options

Hi, I'm trying to back up an old Yahoo email account, everything is working fine except that the filenames on all of the *.eml files start with the subject of the email. I'm trying to save these such that the date and time is first, so I can easily sort these by date in Explorer by simply sorting by filename. eM Client does this, but I've had a horrible time trying to get it to simply save all of the emails in a folder without skipping a large percentage, while Thunderbird has been great at not missing any emails when saving.

Any ideas on how to do this?

Thanks

All Replies (6)

more options

Try ImportExportTools. The Filenames tab on this add-on's Options let you specify the Date at the beginning of the file name. Right-click a folder, ImportExportTools/Export all messages in the folder/EML format (or HTML or text).

more options

Hi, I tried this several times, unfortunately each time it gets to several hundred messages, then Thunderbird locks up and I need to close it via task manager.

Modified by krem1234

more options

I only have folders with about 200 messages to test this, and it works without fail, so I don't have any suggestions as to why it might not work in your case. But I would make sure there are no other processes acting on the mail folders, such as AV programs.

more options

Thanks, I was able to get it to work after a series of attempts, apparently the add-on doesn't like downloading thousands of messages.

more options

It might help to decrease the maximum number of concurrent connections under Tools -> Account Settings -> [account] -> Server Settings -> Advanced -> Maximum number of server connections to cache.

more options

krem1234 said

Thanks, I was able to get it to work after a series of attempts, apparently the add-on doesn't like downloading thousands of messages.

Can you tell us the approximate size of your mail folders and the system RAM? Since TB stores messages in one big (mbox) file per folder, that may affect the performance of some operations, even ones as simple as exporting to eml files and that are carried out entirely on the local machine.