#57 Support for Thunderbird email files


It would be great if you could index Mozilla Thunder email files, like you support MS Outlook email records

Otherwise great project



  • Nam-Quang Tran

    Nam-Quang Tran - 2012-04-02

    Sorry, there are currently no plans to add Thunderbird support - it would require a lot of work and is therefore a low-priority feature at the moment. That is, unless somebody else volunteers and takes care of the development.

    • Frank

      Frank - 2015-10-16

      Thunderbird mailboxes are just plain text. It's not a binary format as the Outlook PST. So, at least the content could be indexed like a text file. You can't distinguish different mails this way, but at least you know that there ist something in a specific mailbox. In a 2nd step you could use the Thunderbird search funktion. Of course, some codings, binary packed text etc. are not recognized.

      In this simple form, docfetcher would not have to be modified. I just had one problem: docfetcher did not recognize the mailbox file, because it has no extension. How to change the file type detection?

      • Nam-Quang Tran

        Nam-Quang Tran - 2015-10-16

        You can use this regex to match all files whose filenames do not contain a dot:


        With this, you can turn on mime-type detection on the filter table, thereby making DocFetcher index files without extension as plain text files.

        • Frank

          Frank - 2015-10-17

          Thanks, text-indexing works this way.

          Btw, what about making the default text extensions configurable? I would like to include extensions like .tex .cpp etc. by default.

          • Nam-Quang Tran

            Nam-Quang Tran - 2015-10-18

            Request noted. However, due to lack of time on my part, this feature won't get added anytime soon.

  • hpvd

    hpvd - 2015-10-07

    +1 for adding thunderbird's emails+attachements to searchable places

    Last edit: hpvd 2015-10-07

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