Converting PST & OST files to MBOX format

Version 1 by Kari Smith
on Jun 04, 2013 15:05.

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on Jun 04, 2013 19:17.

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The challenge for many collecting institutions is that they acquire email archives in various formats, one of these is the proprietary MS Outlook PST & OST.

The challenge is the convert off-line .OST or .PST files into MBox format. Most of our attention focused on MBox, but we also did a quick evaluation of EML conversion tools.



*Evaluation*
After trying several options, we determined that there are no open-source solutions for converting these file formats into MBox or to EML.

Several commercial solutions exist and until someone creates a solution that is open-source, we recommend that the commercial solutions be used (with caution) if a conversion to MBox (or EML) format is required.