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How to Use Filters on Multiple Profiles

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I have invested a substantial amount of time in creating filters, and I have several email profiles setup in Thunderbird.

  1. Is there a way to run filters created under one profile on multiple profiles?
  2. If there is no way to run one set of filters on multiple profiles, is there a short cut to re-creating those filters for another profile?

I have looked through the help articles (55) but none address this issue. I am currently running Thunderbird 78.4.0 32b. I have been reluctant to upgrade T'bird due to its ruining my email when the jump to v78 was made, but if upgrading to 78.7.1 would cure this issue I am willing to do so.

Thanks in advance for any help, Sky

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Filters are stored in msgFilterRules.dat files in every account subfolder of Mail (POP accounts) and ImapMail (IMAP accounts) in the profile folder. The dat files can be copied between accounts in the same or different profiles, as long as the details are consistent, e.g. a folder defined in one account or profile is present in the other profile.

http://kb.mozillazine.org/Filters_(Thunderbird)

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I found the msgFilterRules.dat file in my MAIL account and took a look inside with a text editor (MS Wordpad). If I copy & paste the data from msgFilterRules.dat in an IMAP account into that file in the MAIL (POP3) account, will the filters function assuming the file structure is the same?

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Yes, the filter should work the same. You can just copy and paste the file, overwriting the existing one if it's unneeded.

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Thanks, sfhowes! That will save me a bunch of time & effort.

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