Setup - Plans

A plan allows you to conveniently save frequently-used templates for combinations of the sub-areas listed below for later use. You must have at least one plan but you can use multiple plans. The list of plans is on the left side of the plan area. Click on the plus icon to create a plan. The minus icon deletes a plan. Each plan has 4 sub-areas:

  • Email Info: select email clients/IMAP accounts and their mailboxes for archiving.
  • Options: restrict archiving with different options.
  • Delete/Move to Trash: optionally delete emails or move them to the trash after archiving.
  • Data Format: select how and where your emails will be saved.

Email Info

Open the sub area for Email Info:

Email Info in Plans

Click on the plus icon in the Email Info sub area to add an email client or IMAP account to the plan. Remember that you have to add IMAP accounts in the Accounts area before you can add them to a plan. Clicking on the plus icon will show you a list of available email clients and accounts. You can add one account at a time to a plan.

The following email clients are supported:

  • Apple Mail
  • Outlook
  • Postbox
  • Thunderbird
Add account or email client to Plan

Click on the Add button to add the email client or IMAP account to the plan. Each email account or IMAP account can only be added once to a plan. But you could add the same email client or IMAP account to another plan. If you haven't created the IMAP account, yet, then click on "Create IMAP account..." to create the account from here.

Now the mailboxes will be loaded:

Load Mailboxes

You can either archive all mailboxes or you can select mailboxes. Clicking once on a mailbox shows a checkmark. All submailboxes are automatically archived. If you click again on a checked mailbox the mailbox shows a minus an is excluded from archiving.

The round arrow at the right side reloads the mailboxes. With the checkbox at the top you can select all/deselect all mailboxes.

If you see a yellow triangle for an account in Mail or Outlook not all attachments will be archived. Check out the blog for more information.


The sub area Options gives you options to restrict the archival of emails by date.

Archive by day or date

With "Archive in Range" the archival of emails can be restricted to a range of dates or ages. In the above screenshot you will archive every email between 01-Jan-2020 and 31-Dec-2020.

You can select if you want to have an upper/lower date or a date range for archival. You can either edit the date directly or with the date picker. For a range of days the interface is similar:

Archive by age of emails

Here you enter an age range. The date belonging to the age is shown next to the age. If you want to archive all emails older than a year you would select Older than and then 365.

Archive only new emails

You can also select to archive only new emails with "since last archival date". Newly selected mailboxes will be archived completely. Afterwards only new emails will be added. The date of the last archival date will be shown.

Important: Before emails are moved to the trash for email clients and deleted for IMAP accounts there is a check that the email is in the archive. The archive is NOT affected by moving emails to the trash for the email client/deleting emails from IMAP. In the archive you have to manually drag emails to the trash and empty the trash.

"Download remote images" downloads images from external servers. Don't do this with spam emails. This option makes archiving a bit slower.

Archive duplicate emails in multiple mailboxes: the default is to have Mail Archiver filter out duplicate emails. If "archive duplicate emails" is selected then the duplicate emails won't be filtered out if they are in different mailboxes. That makes archiving slower and the archives larger. The option only works for the Internal Database.

Exclude internal emails for domain: if from has the same domain as to then the emails can be filtered out for the entered domain.

Archive emails with flag: this option can only be used when archiving from AppleMail. Archive emails with the selected flag or exclude them from being archived.

Delete/Move to Trash

Move emails to trash/bin

Mail Archiver X can move your emails to the trash of the email client after archival.

  • No email deletion: emails won't be deleted/moved to the trash at all.
  • Delete emails in the same date/day range as for archiving: uses the settings from the Options area to delete/move emails to the trash.
  • Delete emails in range: similar to the date or day range for archiving deleting/moving to the trash can be done in a date or day range.

For IMAP the emails will be deleted. For an email client the emails are moved to the trash. If you made an error you can still restore the emails. However, the original mailbox can't be recovered. Also, if your email client is set to automatically delete emails after a certain amount of days your emails may be deleted automatically. The following screenshot shows this option for Mail:

Delete emails from Mail

The emails can be colored instead of being moved to the trash - but only for AppleMail. This is done with the option "Only color emails".

Data Format

With Data Format you can select your main format: Filemaker, Internal Database (Valentina - a fast database by Paradigma Software) or PDF. The Easy version can only use Internal Database. You can always export your data to another format when you archive to Internal Database. For each format click on the grey arrow button to show the archive location in Finder.

Select data format

Options for Internal Database:

The Internal Database is the default storage option for Mail Archiver. The database saves all your emails in 2 files (an additional file is opened when the database is open).

Internal database

With file open icon you can either select from predefined locations like the User or User Documents folder. Or you can select other existing archives. With the new archive icon you can create a new archive. The archive then will be created as soon as archival starts.

For the Easy version you can archive only to the Internal Database and you can't change the location of the archive.

Important: If you decide at any point in time not to use Mail Archiver X any longer you can access your raw data via the mbox export!

Options for Filemaker:

Filemaker is an end user or server database by Apple daughter. You have to own a license of Filemaker, if you want to use the Filemaker browser. The benefit of using Filemaker is that you can use the tools and possibilities of Filemaker. The drawback is that the extensibility of Filemaker is limited.


Please note: Only Filemaker 16 and higher are being supported.

Supplied with Mail Archiver is a database, which can be used together with Mail Archiver X. This database is called eMailViewer. This database comes as is. Due to the differences in the application environment the Filemaker browser and the internal browser cannot be 100% identical. They will, however, stay similar. Click on the link to download the file.

Click on the button to select the database you want to archive to. If no database is selected you will see an error message.

The Filemaker database uses the default username/password combination Admin/no passwword. Check out the FAQ at the Moth Software website where you find information about what you need for your own Filemaker solution.

For the versions 4.3 and 5.0 the FREE Base Elements plugin is necessary to write data to Filemaker. Download the plugin from https://docs.baseelementsplugin.com/article/522-downloads. Go to the Filemaker folder in applications and check if there is an Extensions folder. If there is no Extensions folder create a new folder and give it the name Extensions. Then copy the Base Elements plugin into the Extensions folder. Restart Filemaker.

Version 5.1 doesn't use Base Elements anymore. But you will need to update to Filemaker 16.

Base Elements

In eMailViewerX the Admin layout shows if the plugin was installed correctly. "DBInternal BEVersion" has the version number of the plugin:

Version number of Filemaker file

Options for PDF:


PDF is a mostly read-only format from Adobe. The PDF export creates one PDF file for each email. There are two options: You can either export all emails into one folder. Or each email gets it's own folder. With Template you can select if you want to print the email with or without header information. There is also an option, if you want to include the attachments in the export. The final option is about the separator between the 2 parts of the name. The name can be "Subject, Date", "Subject", "Date, Subject", "Originator, Date" or "Date, Originator".

You can add your own templates to user/Library/Application Support/Mail Archiver X/Print Templates. An example template is in the Extras folder.

The folder structure of the PDFs in Finder reflects the mailboxes of the email client, IMAP account or mbox files. The below screenshot shows the mailboxes from Mail:


The Finder shows the same mailbox structure. The main folder is "Mothsoftware-test". Then below there are folders with the long mailbox names I use for testing. The PDFs are in the folder "Mails":


Mail Archiver does not have the capability to view or search PDFs. But there are enough apps available which can do this. For instance:

If you want to learn more about how to use the app with Mail Archiver check out the blog and search for the app name.