Open EML File

Information, tips and instructions

Open EML File on Windows, Mac OS, Android

EML file extension is used to store email messages in RFC-822 format. Many applications including Outlook Express, Thunderbird, Apple Mail, Windows Mail, Postbox, and others use EML format to export and import e-mails.

EML file consists of two parts:

  • e-mail header with fields specifying recipient and sender of e-mails, date and time, subject, encoding and content type of e-mail.
  • e-mail body containing actual e-mail in format which depends on encoding specified in the e-mail header part.

To open EML file you can use Microsoft Outlook Express or other e-mail client applications of your choice. If you don’t have any available, you can rename EML file to MHT and double click on it. MHT format is compatible with EML and MHT files could be opened by any web browser.

EML files online are transferred over e-mail or internet using message/rfc822 multipurpose internet mail extensions (MIME) type.

You can also use third-party EML file viewers to open EML files. Download EML File Viewer Tool from FreeViewer. This tool can view EML files generated by various client software including Microsoft Outlook Express, Thunderbird, Apple Mail. It allows various viewing modes for e-mail content including hex view, email header, properties, etc. Also, EML File Viewer Tool can open corrupted EML files using automatic advanced scan feature.

If you don’t want to install any software on your device, you can use free EML conversion services available on the internet. Such services include ZamZar, Aconvert, PDFEN and others. These services can convert EML files to various other formats including PDF, DOC, HTML, JPG, PDF, PST, RTF, TIFF and TXT.

Open EML File on Windows OS

  • Try double clicking on a EML file in Windows File Explorer.
  • If the EML opener software is associated correctly then the file will open
  • If the file did not open you should install Microsoft Outlook
  • To use Microsoft Outlook as EML file opener you need to launch it and then select File->Open in the main menu
  • In the File Open dialog select EML file and click "Open"
  • If you do not want to use Microsoft Outlook you can download Free EML Viewer

File extensions similar to EML are listed below:

  • EMLX – same format as EML and used by Apple Mail
  • MSG – e-mail format based on Compound File Binary File Format. Used by Microsoft Office Outlook for e-mail export and import.
  • MBX – e-mail message in Mbox format