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.eml File Extension

Developer: Microsoft Corporation
File type: E-Mail Message
You're here because you have a file that has a file extension ending in .eml. Files with the file extension .eml can only be launched by certain applications. It's possible that .eml files are data files rather than documents or media, which means they're not meant to be viewed at all.

what is a .eml file?

The EML file extension is an acronym for E-mail and created by Microsoft Corporation. EML files are stored email messages in plain text formats. It is used in Microsoft’s Outlook Express saved Mail Messages and part of Microsoft’s email messaging programs. The structure of EML file is standard and normally contains the header and the message or the main body. Email address of the sender and the receiver including the subject, time and date comprises the header of the file and the body details the message itself. Email messages may also indicate attachments and other hyperlinks that the sender has pasted on the EML file. Compliance with the standards for electronic mail headers or otherwise known as RFC 822, EML files is allowed to be used with various applications, servers and email clients. This means that EML files can be viewed without restrictions by other operating systems and different browsers preferred by users.

how to open a .eml file?

Launch a .eml file, or any other file on your PC, by double-clicking it. If your file associations are set up correctly, the application that's meant to open your .eml file will open it. It's possible you may need to download or purchase the correct application. It's also possible that you have the correct application on your PC, but .eml files aren't yet associated with it. In this case, when you try to open a .eml file, you can tell Windows which application is the correct one for that file. From then on, opening a  .eml file will open the correct application. Click here to fix .eml file association errors

applications that open a .eml file

Mozilla Thunderbird

Mozilla Thunderbird

Thunderbird is a free, open source email, newsgroup, news feed and chat (XMPP, IRC, Twitter) client created by the Mozilla Foundation. The project stratagem is modeled after Mozilla Firefox, a project aimed at generating a Web browser. The vanilla version is not a personal information manager, although the Mozilla Lightning extension adds PIM functionality. Additional features, if desired, are often available thru other extensions. It supports UNIX mailbox format (mbox), Mork which is utilized for internal database and SQLite also used for internal database (since version 3). Files that bear the .p7s extension are email messages utilized in email managing programs for sending, receiving or just simply viewing protected emails encrypted with digital signatures. Some of these email management applications include Microsoft Outlook 2010, PostBox and Mozilla Thunderbird. These files contain information as well as the source of the email and whether the email has been edited or modified during transmission, which means users with these email management applications incorporated with P7S support can make sure that the emails they receive are genuine, are originating from trusted senders and are not tampered with, before they open and view the emails.
Microsoft Outlook Express

Microsoft Outlook Express

Outlook Express is an email and news client that is integrated with Internet Explorer versions 4.0 through 6.0. It is also bundled with a number of versions of Microsoft Windows, from Windows 98 to Windows Server 2003, and is available for Windows 3.x, Windows NT 3.51, Windows 95 and Mac OS 9. In Windows Vista, Outlook Express was outdated by Windows Mail, then again by Windows Live Mail as separate software in Windows 7. Microsoft Entourage, sold as part of Microsoft Office for Macintosh, has changed the Macintosh version. Outlook Express is a diverse application from Microsoft Office Outlook. The two programs do not share a common codebase, but do share a common architectural philosophy. The similar names lead many people to incorrectly conclusion that Outlook Express is a stripped-down version of Microsoft Office Outlook. Outlook Express utilizes the Windows Address Book to store contact information and incorporates tightly with it. On Windows XP, it also joins together with Windows Messenger.
Outlook Express

Outlook Express

MSG file is an Outlook Message File created using Microsoft Outlook containing details of an email such as date, sender’s name, recipient’s name, body of the message, and is compatible with other applications using MAPI [Messaging Applications Programming Interface]. Aside from Microsoft Outlook, other programs that can open MSG files are EZ Freeware Free Opener, BitDaddys Email Open View Pro and Encryptomatic MsgViewer Pro for Windows system, Kupon.BG Klammer for iOS and Mac OS, and 45RPM MailRadier for Mac. Microsoft Outlook is a feature of Microsoft Office. The latest versions are Microsoft Outlook 2010 for Windows and Microsoft Outlook 2011 available for Mac users. The main use of this software is for email purposes that includes to create, send, reply to and forward an email message, open and save file attachments in an email, create and add an email signature. Other features include Calendar that allows you to make appointments and set meetings with other people, Contacts, Tasks and Notes and Print [to print emails, calendar entries, tasks and contacts].

a word of warning

Be careful not to rename the extension on .eml files, or any other files. This will not change the file type. Only special conversion software can change a file from one file type to another.

what is a file extension?

A file extension is the set of three or four characters at the end of a filename; in this case, .eml. File extensions tell you what type of file it is, and tell Windows what programs can open it. Windows often associates a default program to each file extension, so that when you double-click the file, the program launches automatically. When that program is no longer on your PC, you can sometimes get an error when you try to open the associated file.
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