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Thunderbird won't import local messages from Apple Mail

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Hello! Migrating to Thunderbird 68.2.2 and I'm having a problem importing local messages on my MacBook Pro running 10.15.1. Tools > Import > Mail > Apple Mail leads to a message saying "Mail was successful imported from Apple Mail. No mailboxes were found to import." Mail, however, does have two local folders of mail showing.

I tried to install the ImportExportTools NG 4.0.4 add-on to see if that would help, but selecting Add to Thunderbird doesn't seem to do anything.

Any assistance importing my messages would be much appreciated! Thanks!

Hello! Migrating to Thunderbird 68.2.2 and I'm having a problem importing local messages on my MacBook Pro running 10.15.1. Tools > Import > Mail > Apple Mail leads to a message saying "Mail was successful imported from Apple Mail. No mailboxes were found to import." Mail, however, does have two local folders of mail showing. I tried to install the ImportExportTools NG 4.0.4 add-on to see if that would help, but selecting Add to Thunderbird doesn't seem to do anything. Any assistance importing my messages would be much appreciated! Thanks!
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Glad it worked. Please post your method for the sake of other users.

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Try this method: https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=688166#c23
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Thanks @sfhowes! Had to tweak the instructions a bit, but it did the trick. Much appreciated!

Thanks @sfhowes! Had to tweak the instructions a bit, but it did the trick. Much appreciated!
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Glad it worked. Please post your method for the sake of other users.

Glad it worked. Please post your method for the sake of other users.
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Good point!

The link in the post you shared was a bit easier for me to understand, so I followed its instructions:

http://forums.mozillazine.org/viewtopic.php?p=14069759#p14069759

Those instructions said to put the .mbox files in

Users/username/Library/Thunderbird/Profiles/chjkodif.default/Mail/Local Folders/

I don't have the folder chjkodif.default though. The only folder I have there ending in .default is qgqjengt.default, and that folder doesn't have any subfolders. So instead, I put the .mbox files in

Users/username/Library/Thunderbird/Profiles/1tuy5853.default-release/Mail/Local Folders/

Thanks again!

Good point! The link in the post you shared was a bit easier for me to understand, so I followed its instructions: [http://forums.mozillazine.org/viewtopic.php?p=14069759#p14069759 http://forums.mozillazine.org/viewtopic.php?p=14069759#p14069759] Those instructions said to put the .mbox files in Users/username/Library/Thunderbird/Profiles/chjkodif.default/Mail/Local Folders/ I don't have the folder chjkodif.default though. The only folder I have there ending in .default is qgqjengt.default, and that folder doesn't have any subfolders. So instead, I put the .mbox files in Users/username/Library/Thunderbird/Profiles/1tuy5853.default-release/Mail/Local Folders/ Thanks again!
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Prior to TB 68, the default profile folder was named random8characters.default, but now it's named random8characters.default-release

There is a list of profiles in Help/Troubleshooting Information, about:profiles.

Prior to TB 68, the default profile folder was named ''random8characters''.default, but now it's named ''random8characters''.default-release There is a list of profiles in Help/Troubleshooting Information, about:profiles.
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