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I retrieved a backup of my email account with Google takeout. The back up a Gmail account is a .mbox. As a result, I'm looking for a program that would:

  • be able to view a large .mbox, i.e. larger than 10 GB and ideally larger than 50 GB (since my Gmail account is around 50 GB). Windows MBox Viewer didn't work for me even with a 1.4 GB .mbox file, which seemed to be too large for it.

and if possible:

  • work on Windows 7, but other Windows or Linux is OK too
  • free
  • doesn't need to configure a POP account beforehand (I think Mozilla Thunderbird requires it but I'm not sure about that one)
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You could try loading the MBOX file into an IMAP server that uses MBOX for back-end storage. I believe Dovecot does this. Then you could browse the mailbox with an IMAP client.

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How about converting your big single file to a series of linked web pages with indexes and such? Then you can view in a browser, etc.

If that will work for you, check out mhonarc - https://www.mhonarc.org/MHonArc/doc/mhonarc.html

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