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How can I collect the email addresses from my inbox and add them to my address book?

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I recently downloaded all my emails from the webmail client I had been using to Thunderbird. It wasn't possible to download the address book too. I would now like to gather the email addresses from my inbox/sent mail and add them to my address book (or download them as a csv - I just need access to them all together) and I haven't managed to find an easy way to do that. Does anyone know of a good tool I could use? Thanks

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Install the Email Address Crawler add-on, then right-click a folder, 'Crawl folder...' (see picture). To install in TB 60, first open Tools/Options/Advanced/General/Config. editor and double-click the preference extensions.strictCompatibility to false, OK to close Options. Then install according to:

https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/installing-addon-thunderbird

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Install the Email Address Crawler add-on, then right-click a folder, 'Crawl folder...' (see picture). To install in TB 60, first open Tools/Options/Advanced/General/Config. editor and double-click the preference extensions.strictCompatibility to false, OK to close Options. Then install according to:

https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/installing-addon-thunderbird

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Thank you! That has solved the problem!

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Add-on manager says this no longer works for current version. Is there an add-on for the most recent Thunderbird?

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thomasburt said

Add-on manager says this no longer works for current version. Is there an add-on for the most recent Thunderbird?

Did you follow the instructions to change the preference? If you do, the add-on will work in TB 60. It won't work in beta versions 68 or 69.

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I did indeed follow the instructions, but it still comes back with "this add on is not compatible with your version." Isn't there a simple way within the Tbird program itself to just harvest the addresses and populate the "collected addresses"? Do I really have to email everyone again just to get addresses in there? Or, are we expected to copy the contact info manually? Surely the folks who developed this program thought of this. Why would they make it so hard?

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Install the add-on this way: download the xpi file from the author's site, then open Tools/Add-ons/Extensions, click the gear icon next to Search, 'Install Add-on from file', select the xpi file. If you do this after making the preference change, the add-on will install.

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Okay, it seems to have installed, now how do I run it? When I click on "Add-ons", it shows on the list, but I don't see any way to operate it. the only buttons next to it are "disable" and "remove". The instructions say: "You can select any of your e-mail folders, and specify any of your address books as a target. " - but how?

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Ok, never mind, figured it out. I had to right-click on the inbox and then select "crawl folder for email addresses".

Thanks!

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I just tried to install it from the file and I get an error stating it could not be installed because it is not compatible with Thunderbird 60.9.0 after updating the config file. Is there another solution?

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chris97 said

I just tried to install it from the file and I get an error stating it could not be installed because it is not compatible with Thunderbird 60.9.0 after updating the config file. Is there another solution?

Make sure you're installing the correct add-on, and confirm your TB version is 60.9, and the config. switch was saved.

https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/1264801