How to Convert NSF to EML file format?

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In this article, we have fleshed out the manual method to Convert NSF to EML files, its limitations, and an alternative solution for it. Have a look! But before that let’s understand what the NSF file is and what is EML file

NSF File- It is an in-built file format of Lotus Notes Application that contains information like messages, attachments, journals, contacts, etc.

EML file- This format supports different email platforms like Thunderbird, Outlook Express, Windows Live Mail, etc. It includes attachments, email messages, and other details of the user.

Reasons to Convert NSF to EML file format

There are multiple reasons for conversion of NSF file into EML format

  • NSF file supports only the Lotus Notes application, and on the other hand, EML supports different email platforms.
  • Lotus Notes doesn’t allow sharing data due to its strict safety measures to protect the user’s data so it can reason to switch from NSF to EML.
  • Unlike Thunderbird, IBM Notes is complex for non-technical users.
  • The Lotus Notes application is expensive and it is difficult to handle by small organizations.

Best Tool to Convert NSF to EML


SysInspire NSF to PST Converter the fastest utility to simply recover and export Lotus Notes components like- emails, contacts, calendars, etc from NSF file to multiple readable file formats.

  • Convert NSF emails to PST, EML, EMLX, MSG
  • Export Contacts from NSF file to vCard, CSV
  • Convert Lotus Notes calendars to ICS file format
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Convert NSF to EML Manually

There are two manual methods are available to convert the NSF files. We will walk through with the first method that is quite easy to follow

First Method

  • Open the Lotus Notes application and open the emails that you wish to convert into EML format.
  • Press the File button and click on Save As
  • Select the name of the file that you want to convert and then select the Save button

Your NSF email will be converted to EML format.

Second Method

  • Go to the Home Page, press file, and select preference button
  • Now, visit the preferences option and choose the Basic Notes Client Configuration.
  • Scroll down the mouse courser and click on the additional setting option.
  • Drag and drop to save the EML file at the desired location.
  • You can do this for multiple emails. All the emails will be saved in EML file format.

Limitations of the manual method

Though the manual method may appear to be cost-effective on the storefront, it suffers from various limitations

  • This technique takes a lot of time for the user.
  • The second disadvantage of this program is the user can convert only one mail at a time.
  • During the conversion process, sometimes the user may face the problem of data loss due to sudden power outage or server error.
  • Another big disadvantage of the manual method is this method doesn’t support working with all Lotus Notes versions.

Automated Solution to Convert NSF to EML

To remove these problems and to make the conversion process easy, SysInspire has launched NSF to EML Converter Software. This tool can easily convert Lotus Notes NSF to EML without compromising on data.  Here, are some standalone features of the software

  • User can easily convert NSF emails into EML
  • The tool maintains data hierarchy after the conversion.
  • It offers multiple features like- date filtering, file preview, etc for making better and smooth NSF to EML file conversion.
  • This tool also helps to convert the encrypted file which is not possible through the manual method.
  • It supports all versions of Lotus Notes including:- 10.0.1, 9.0.1, 9.0, 8.5, 8.0.2, 7.0, 6.5 and 6.0 versions..

Final thoughts

The blog provides different methods to convert NSF to EML, through the Manual Method users can convert only one mail at a time and conversion is so much complicated with it but the automated way is the best utility because it is handy and an effortless way of conversion. The software comes with a demo version through which the user can test its functionality and its working. Download it now.

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