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Is there an uptodate email address crawler for Thunderbird, (to extract email addresses from folders of received messages)?

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I used an email address crawler a few years ago, but it has not been maintained for some years. I could point it at a folder in my inbox and it would extract all of the email addresses into an address book. That meant I could sort my emails into folders and then create an address book for everyone in a particular folder. It would include all the CC'd addresses as well as the sender. It also meant I could resort the emails using different criteria and then create new address books which matched the new criteria. A very useful add-on.

I used an email address crawler a few years ago, but it has not been maintained for some years. I could point it at a folder in my inbox and it would extract all of the email addresses into an address book. That meant I could sort my emails into folders and then create an address book for everyone in a particular folder. It would include all the CC'd addresses as well as the sender. It also meant I could resort the emails using different criteria and then create new address books which matched the new criteria. A very useful add-on.

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Thanks Toad-Hall. That is a very complete summary of the possibilities! I hadn't considered the possibility of paying for an add-on, (old habits die hard) but that seems like the most likely route to success. More speed to you. Ian

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Installing eg:60 or earlier versions of TB over 68, running the addon email address crawler, then reinstalling 68, isn't advised as you may encounter backward compatibility issues with profiles. It's just not that simple any more.

You could download an earlier version of Thunderbird, http://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/thunderbird/releases/

but you would need to select the 'custom' setup option when you install older version, so that you can have an old TB installed in a different location from the default. Make sure the shortcut icon has suitable name so you know which is which and has 'Properties' 'Target' info setup has the -P added, so it invokes the Profile Manager allowing you to select the correct profile to be used with older version. https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/using-multiple-profiles

Then create another profile with suitable name eg: OLD TB, and copy the contents of the existing profile over its files, so you can run an old version of TB on a copy of your profile with intension of using email address crawler to extract csv files. You would download and install the email crawler addon into the older version of Thunderbird. https://freeshell.de//~kaosmos/index-en.html#eac


If you have another maybe older laptop/computer, you could install an older version of Thunderbird, copy your current profile to that laptop to be used, download the email crawler addon and once you have csv files import them into the computer with the current Thunderbird.

There are products you can trial and pay for that claim they will perform what you require. After all, it takes knowledge and time to create the software, so you can't expect it to be free. Looking on google search there are Thunderbird email crawler software by Bitrecover and also Algologic IT Solutions. I cannot endorse either as I've not used them. I collect email address automatically as I send and also manually each time I get a new email where the address is required.

Installing eg:60 or earlier versions of TB over 68, running the addon email address crawler, then reinstalling 68, isn't advised as you may encounter backward compatibility issues with profiles. It's just not that simple any more. You could download an earlier version of Thunderbird, http://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/thunderbird/releases/ but you would need to select the 'custom' setup option when you install older version, so that you can have an old TB installed in a different location from the default. Make sure the shortcut icon has suitable name so you know which is which and has 'Properties' 'Target' info setup has the -P added, so it invokes the Profile Manager allowing you to select the correct profile to be used with older version. https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/using-multiple-profiles Then create another profile with suitable name eg: OLD TB, and copy the contents of the existing profile over its files, so you can run an old version of TB on a copy of your profile with intension of using email address crawler to extract csv files. You would download and install the email crawler addon into the older version of Thunderbird. https://freeshell.de//~kaosmos/index-en.html#eac If you have another maybe older laptop/computer, you could install an older version of Thunderbird, copy your current profile to that laptop to be used, download the email crawler addon and once you have csv files import them into the computer with the current Thunderbird. There are products you can trial and pay for that claim they will perform what you require. After all, it takes knowledge and time to create the software, so you can't expect it to be free. Looking on google search there are Thunderbird email crawler software by Bitrecover and also Algologic IT Solutions. I cannot endorse either as I've not used them. I collect email address automatically as I send and also manually each time I get a new email where the address is required.
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Thanks Toad-Hall. That is a very complete summary of the possibilities! I hadn't considered the possibility of paying for an add-on, (old habits die hard) but that seems like the most likely route to success. More speed to you. Ian

Thanks Toad-Hall. That is a very complete summary of the possibilities! I hadn't considered the possibility of paying for an add-on, (old habits die hard) but that seems like the most likely route to success. More speed to you. Ian
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