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How to open Outlook MSG file on Linux Ubuntu

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by Mountain Computers Inc., Publication Date: Friday, May 15, 2020

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I had a client today ask me about their subcontractor saving their Outlook message files in .MSG format and we were switching them from Windows to the Linux platform. Apparently, they had saved all their client messages in MSG format instead of the traditional EML format. So, with a little digging, and testing, this worked.


This is an MS-Outlook format. There is a command line tool called MSGConvert (see www.matijs.net/software/msgconv) which converts .msg files into .eml. You can open those with Thunderbird or Evolution. On Ubuntu you should be able to install the tool using

sudo apt-get install libemail-outlook-message-perl libemail-sender-perl

from a command line. Use

msgconvert *.msg

to convert every file in a directory at once. MSGConvert will produce copies of your .msg-files with the suffix .msg.eml.
Regardless, your friend should learn how to send content properly.
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