How to Install ImportExportTools NG

“ Being a new Thunderbird user, I want to know the installation process of ImportExportTools NG. I have been hearing about this add-on for some time but I do not think it is installed on my Thunderbird by default. Hence, I want to know how to install ImportExportTools NG. Please help me with a complete guide as I am not a technical expert. ”

“ I have been using Mozilla Thunderbird email client on my system for about a year. I have been completely satisfied with its functionality, until I found out that it does not have any option for exporting data in different file formats. I have heard from my friends that they can import and export data using Thunderbird.

But I do not know why I cannot find the Import / Export option in Thunderbird. Currently, I am using the latest version of Thunderbird that is available. Please tell me why is this happening and how can I have this issue fixed immediately. ”

There are many users like these query writers, who are facing the problem of knowing how to install ImportExportTools NG or not finding ImportExportTool in Thunderbird.

As we all know, Thunderbird is a popular desktop-based email client developed by Mozilla. In order to export any data from Thunderbird manually, users need to take the help of ImportExportTools NG.

But the point is, this is an add-on and does not come built-in with the application. Users have to download and install the add-on separately. Till then, this tool will not be visible in Thunderbird.

Many Thunderbird users do not know this and they become worried after not finding the option in Thunderbird before installation. Some other users do not know how to install ImportExportTools NG.

In this post, we will discuss all the relevant issues regarding ImportExportTools NG. Read on to get a complete idea about the process of installing this useful add-on.

The Need to Install ImportExportTools NG Add-On in Thunderbird

Mozilla Thunderbird comes with a built-in option called Import. With its help, users can import limited types of data in Thunderbird. However, this feature is not enough to fulfill the growing demand of the users.

Nowadays, people want to import and export data in various formats and that too for multiple reasons. While some people want to import and export to synchronize with their other email clients, many people want it for backup and sharing purposes.

Therefore, we can say that the importance of the ImportExportTool is undeniable.

What Can You Do If You Cannot Find ImportExportTools NG Option

It is quite possible for the users not to find the Import/Export option in Thunderbird. If the add-on has not been installed on that Thunderbird email client, users will not find it. In that situation, they have only one option before them and that is to download and install the add-on in Thunderbird.

How to Install ImportExportTools NG after Downloading

In order to get this add-on, users have to follow the steps one by one.

1. Launch Mozilla Thunderbird on your system.

2. Click on the Tools option situated in the Menu bar.

3. You will get a menu that contains an Add-on option. Click on that option.

4. A new tab will open. Click on Extensions from the left panel.

5. On the top right corner of the page, a search bar will appear that says Search all add-ons. In that bar, you have to type importexporttools NG.

6. The search result will arrive and you have to click on the Install button beside Import/ Export add-on.

7. Then the ImportExportTools NG will get installed in your Thunderbird. You can use this tool now.

Note: If you do not get any relevant results after your search, you can implement another technique.

  1. Perform the first three steps as mentioned earlier.
  2. Click on Get Add-ons from the left panel.
  3. Scroll down the page to find the Browse all add-ons option on the right side. Click on it.
  4. This link will open in Browser and you have to type importexporttools in the box named “Search for add-ons.”
  5. In the search result, you will find the add-on. Click on the Download button beside it and it will get downloaded on your system.

Now, you have to install it to get it configured with Thunderbird.

Features of Thunderbird ImportExportTools NG Add-on

Like every other add-on, this one also got some useful features that are not available with the application. Here are the facilities you will avail by using this ImportExportTools NG add-on.

Import Profile: This add-on will let you import complete Thunderbird profile.

Import SMS: SMS saved with SMS backup and Restore for Android can be imported in Thunderbird.

Import MBOX File: It can be used to import MBOX to Thunderbird along with SBD files.

Import Messages: This add-on also supports importing EML, EMLX, and NWS files. It can also import all the messages located in a directory.

Export Folder: Thunderbird data can be exported folder-wise in MBOX or ZIP format.

Export Folders with Subfolders: There is also an option to export Thunderbird folders that contain subfolders. The exportation can be done with or without maintaining the original folder structure.

Export Profile: The current profile of Mozilla Thunderbird can be exported with ImportExportTools NG.

Export Messages: The email messages of Thunderbird can be exported in a folder. Users can choose from the options: EML, PDF, CSV, HTML (with or without attachments), Plain text (with or without attachments), single text file text (with or without attachments), etc.


Exporting and importing data from and to an email client has become a commonplace incident these days. The reason is that there are various email clients and they support different file formats.

Since one person cannot have all email clients, they need to import and export their email data from one client to another. In order to move or share the data, they may wish to import and export Thunderbird data. If they do not have the add-on installed, they will surely miss some useful features.

In this post, I have discussed in detail how to install ImportExportTools NG add-on. Users can follow the step-by-step guide and easily get the add-on installed in Mozilla Thunderbird.



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