Testimonials - What are users saying about Mail Archiver X:

Niels D.

Mail Archiver X is a great program!

Looking for a comfortable and reliable archiving of my emails from various IMAP accounts into a database with built-in viewer and its own search, filter and sort functions, which also runs on the Mac, I came across Mail Archiver X (MAX) back in 2008 and was immediately thrilled. Other applications available at the time either did not run on the Mac or were not stable, most were also uncomfortable, cluttered and often just ugly. I therefore decided to use MAX and have not regretted it to this day. It happened a few times during that time that I got problems with the database due to my own mistakes. Beatrix Willius helped me each time quickly and competently, so that I had no data loss and the database runs stable and fast until today. Thank you!

Since you can set in MAX in the archive or backup plan that only emails older than xx days are archived (and that regularly e.g. weekly) and the archived emails should be deleted from the IMAP server afterwards, I have no more "mailbox full" problems and the email client (Apple Mail for me) becomes orders of magnitude faster. My archive database contains over 36,000 emails spanning 12 years from more than 15 email accounts and is just under 37 GB in size. Still, a keyword search of all emails from all email addresses takes only about 5 seconds. My email correspondence is therefore seamlessly documented over decades. Great!

In our architectural office this has helped us very often. The warranty period for the executing craftsmen is 4 to 5 years. We ourselves have a retention obligation for all documents of 10 years. If, after several years, it has to be clarified what was done when, why and how, who made which decision and why a certain mistake could happen, other project coworkers are often not even able to compile the emails from the last year.

Even if at the end of the year the tax consultant requests missing receipts for online purchases or invoices from phone, internet and email providers for the year-end closing, we are only a few mouse clicks away from the solution.

Beatrix Willius' email support is friendly, fast and knowledgeable. The new program versions released over the past 12 years have all been worth their upgrade price. New functions, more stability, adaptation to new operating system versions and above all the always massively increased processing and search speed are a real benefit every time! I find the new license model good and fair. The user interface is modern, clear and tidy, the operation is almost self-explanatory and well documented. After the initial setup of the backup plans (there is a setup wizard for this that guides you through all the steps), the archiving process runs reliably and automatically.

The regular quality updates fix bugs that I had never noticed or encountered before.

With the new version 6 it is now also possible to create multiple archives, each with its own backup plans and settings. This allows me to backup my private and business mails into different archives. If I don't delete the emails from the server after archiving in the first archiving plan, I can use a second archiving plan to additionally backup the same emails into another archive according to different criteria and delete them from the server only afterwards. There are certainly many more possibilities than I have realised so far.

Keep it up, Ms. Willius!!!

Graham O.

I needed an archiving solution for multiple accounts that was definitely NOT technical and complicated to set up and use.

I actually tried Mail Archiver a few years ago and could not get to grips with it - constant crashes and not able to get it to do what I wanted from such an app. So I went elsewhere but kept a watchful eye on mail Arcihiver. My current provider was ok not totally simple and recently has not measured up to my expectations. Mail Archiver continues to get "mostly" good reviews so I thought I would try again. Not being a "techie" I struggle with the logic of some apps. Same thing with Mail Archiver and sometimes the translations don't quite work - you can't really beat a respectful idiot guide - whatever the experts say. But this time round I persisted and probably more importantly took note of apps recommendations. I have only been using the app for a short while but it seems to be doing what I want it to do and you can't ask for a lot more.

With my previous app you weren't totally confident of finding what you were looking for if needed. With Mail Archiver once you get it set up how you want you definitely feel more confident of finding what you are looking for.

I understand that if you are a small developer that often the most valuable resource is time - in my field I am a "one man band" - I note you offer paid level of support - not convinced about that.
Also the manual does not really cover every different eventuality for every different user - I accept that this is quite normal.

Harald K.

Over time email gets slow when your folders get too big. I was looking for a solution to archive old email, allowing me to keep my mail folders lean. Having checked out various native solutions for MacOS, I ended up MailArchiverX as the best fit for me.

I installed the test version for MailArchiverX. Key reasons for signing up for product were:
- the developer is very active pushing out fixes and new functionality
- the product supports all mail environments I use
- the developer is very responsive on ideas, questions and and issues

Not so much a concern rather than a general remark. The whole user interface looks very much stuck in the 1990'ies. A complete overhaul with something a lot more modern looking would probably be more appealing to new buyers. The visual appearance of the product is a bit of a let-down, compared to the solid technical functionality. First impression are important and my first impression of the product was that looked very dated.

Jacques-François M.

Over the last 25 years, I have sent and received tens of thousands of emails, as an association leader, teacher, futurist, researcher, consultant, via a dozen mailboxes and by changing mail clients, between Apple Mail and Thunderbird. Mail Archiver appeared to me as the right solution to keep my archives accessible and in good condition, and to lighten my active mailboxes. I can free my attention by preserving a history that I often need.

Mail Archiver allows me to archive locally, without reliance on cloud providers, and a variety of formats that make my messages usable in many ways.

I was worried that the database would be very slow, but so far it's been fine

I was able to reopen old mbox archives without having to integrate them in a mail client


I needed something that saves my emails for future reference, something easy to use from within the file system, that could be transferred to a new computer without issues. I also wanted them out of my email programs as it makes them load very slow.

Mail Archiver supports lots of systems and standards, can archive from Apple Mail or directly from imap and offers the solution to archive mail as PDF files, which I like as it seems future proof and does not require any special software to read the files. I also like all the rule based options.

The rules are done well, I was a bit concerned if they don't work properly I end up with some emails deleted and not archived etc. but so far this has never happened.

I am a digital hoarder and keep most of my emails. But over time that slows your email programs down considerably. Mail Archiver has made it a joy again using email (its nice and fast) while still giving me the option to retain all the old emails I might need to reference at some future point.

[The feature I like the most is] archiving to PDF, rules, time based execution of the archive rules.

Just keep up the good work! Maybe adding options to backup directly to cloud services such as iCloud and dropbox rather than a local hard drive could also be good, but is not a pressing need.

The support is great, I have had a few instances where I had specific questions on functions or an error occurred and the developer (it seems to be an indie project mostly) is very responsive, polite, helpful and a joy to work with.

Dietmar B.

I was looking for a way to archive my emails securely and keep the mailbox small in the Mail program and on the server at the provider.

[I bought the program] Because I found Mail Archiver best suited for working with Apple.

There were (whether this is still the case with version 6, I don't know yet) error messages when opening the program, to the effect that the program was not closed correctly the last time it was used and the database must be "recovered". The archive was saved on a NAS drive. I assume that this was/is a problem.

[I find the following features best:] Archive with attachments, be able to open and print/save attachments from the archive. Access to old mails at any time.

[I would like to see] even better integration into daily work (faster access to all archives).


[I bought Mail Archiver because I was] Running out of space on my gmail account

I was testing it extensively and it showed to be reliable

I'm not entirely happy with the GUI, workflow and design of the software, but the other solutions I tested were far from perfect too and this one proved to be the best in it's essence. The support is quick, friendly and knowledgable (it is the app creator herself after all)

[Mail Archiver] will free up the space on my gmail account, that is all, not really a life changing experience

Add more then 999 days as date one can archive from, make the machine specific password for gmail process simpler (a wizard in mail archiver x)

Radek V.

I was looking for archiving solution like Outlook has. But I'm used to Apple mail and I have many email accounts on a variety of platforms like standard IMAP, Exchange, Gmail. I was hoping for a solution that can archive all emails older than one year from today on a periodic basis.

I read good references and the price was reasonable.

I'm now at peace with google drive's free space and other IMAP account space. I've felt fine ;-)

Just keep developing [Mail Archiver]. It's a good software. Thumbs up.


I did not even know that there is a software like yours. I use emails since 1992 and I lost a lost of emails in my life. Hopefully this is now come to an end. Thanks to Bundlehunt I got to know your great software. Thank you very much!

(I bought Mail Archiver) because I tried it and it was all I was looking for.

Mike N.

I was looking for a way to keep an easily retrievable backup of my past emails organized by mail folders in my Apple Macintosh Mail application.

Mail Archiver DOES provide me with an easily retrievable data base of my emails that is organized according to my mail folder storage scheme.

I was concerned by the stability and safety of the backup. Yes Mail Archiver is reliable.

I greatly appreciate Mail Archiver allowing me to have an easily retrievable source of my important emails which I retain.

Backup is retrievable by mail folder hierarchy. In addition attachments remain associated with any archived email.


Google choose to do their thing and abandon us original users of the free google apps tier. Since they have a history of very poor communication I needed something for my e-mail they are holding hostage unless I pay. So this was the solution to abandoning Google for Apple. So I can have access to my email while I switch.

Axel B.

[Mail Archiver is ] Compatible with mac osx, independent from email app,

it is versatile, easy to use, support by Ms. Willius is above all expectations

..without any worries, i have access to my e-mail history, no more data loss due to diligent soft- and hardware maintainence

hang on, don' let the product die, ever

Marc-F S.

I'm bored with size limitation, I don't want to loose any email. I have many accounts and your solutions it's perfect for saving my mail. Special Thank to François Cuneo from Cuk.

Because François (Cuk) told it's a good solution

no objection. To keep my privacy and the secret of my email is important. Freedom is the most important thing (apart from Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité).

Steven H.

I have seen people lose years of email. It is tricky to restore just Mail from a Time Machine backup. I wanted a better way to secure my email.

MailArchiverX is the only software I know of that does what it does.

Daryl R.

Needed to get bulk emails from Apple Mail into Filemaker database to speed up billing process.

Mail Archiver was the only real solution. Simple and straightforward process that could handle hundreds of emails with attachments.

MailArchiver speeds up the whole process of transferring emails into the database providing easy accountability for billing purposes and a more professional end product.

Hans A.

I only could save emails in the original format

Mail Archiver is the only solution I found that can save emails as pdf or in a database that I can save to a backup medium

No concerns about Mail Archiver. I like the solution.

Now I feel save, because I can read ons of my mails without having it in my emailprogram. So every year I can start with a clean mailprogram without hundreds of mails from the year before.

[I like the most] That I can save my emails as pdf on an external harddisk.

Ramon T.

10 years ago it was just storage, so many services had very limited storage and manual creation of inboxes became unreliable due to compatibility between clients and platforms.
Later it was the other way around, so much storage that the clients really struggle handling that many emails, reindexing was common, and the same incompatibility remains to this day for long-term archiving.

The scheduler, the diverse formats to export, and the advanced search. Also its own database is quite efficient, Apple Mail and Outlook do struggle with way less entries.

[I'm now] Confident about storing the important information in one database I can backup and replicate as I need to. Peace of mind.

[I have some feature requests]:
The ""nice"": The interface can be improved to feel more aligned to apple guidelines,
The ""great"": Export directly back into an email client, other database options (ex. Postgres, MariaDB, MySQL, even MSSQL/Oracle for enterprise users)

Great product from a kind and amazing developer. Keep up the good work!

Robert F.

We all accumulate too much email over time - it slows down our email apps and makes it harder to find the message we are looking for. I needed to get all the very old messages out of my Mail app without losing access to them if needed in the future.

Mail Archiver X is a brilliant solution. It allows the user to select exactly what to archive, it can be used occasionally to clear a whole tranch of emails or regularly to keep the mailboxes slim and efficient. It is under constant development, adding new features and ensuring compatibility with the latest versions of mail apps and operating systems, and the developer is incredibly responsive and helpful if a problem arises. This is the best solution I have found to the problem of keeping email volumes in check.

Ocassional bugs arise in all software and inevitably some users have unusual use cases. Beatrix is amazingly responsive to questions and problems, quickly diagnosing what is going on and providing a fix. If only all software developers were this responsive to their customers. First rate customer service!

My older emails and accounts are organised into a set of searchable archives. I use email a lot for work. Now I can find what I need quicker, my email app runs faster, and I know I can find information and old conversations when I need them.

[I like the most the] Automatic and manual archiving of email messages.

There is no specific improvement I would love to see - it does what I need. Just keep doing what you are doing. It's the best email archiving solution I have found so far in over 30 years as an email user (yes, I remember the early X.400 email solutions!).

A big thank you!

Christoph F.

My brothers whole E-Mail was empty after clicking a wrong link - and no possibility to restore. A bad (for me unknown) gap in the backup concept.

First it seemed a low price in iTunes store. The limitation to 10.000 E-Mail I din't realise at that moment. Never the less the Mail Archive X works so good, that I don't change to other solution. Single place license on top :-(

Backup of multiple E-Mail accounts - whole family an more. Yes

[I love the] Transparent and good processes. Good integration into my backup concept. [I also love the] automated schedule.

A summary at the top or bottom of protocol "xy emails are archived in total" [would be nice to have].


I was worried that a failure of a server holding my emails could mean losing them forever. It happened to a flier and the email provider basically said "tough" and blamed them for not having a backup. So I went looking for a backup app.

Mail Archiver seemed easier to use and is highly configurable though I use it at its simplest level – it just backups up everything and even if I have deleted an email from a folder in my live IMAP account, it still keeps a copy in the archive. A real "belt and braces" solution.

Slightly concerned that the software is from a small provider – however support has been personal and excellent and as we know, big corporations on't always seem to care. But the author of this software seems to be very actively involved.

It gives peace of mind that in the event of a massive failure, I have an archive of all my emails. And it allows me to bin emails from my live account safe int he knowledge that I have a copy pin an archive should I ever need it.

It archives and keeps all emails.

Some of the instructions do not appear straightforward - they are actually easy enough to follow but perhaps for novice users there should be a button that you click to start arriving everything - it could then ask you the program you wish to archive from, where you want to save the archive and give you the option to set up a simple schedule - so a "set up and forget" function.

Thanks for a great app.

Blaine G.

I am planning on changing my ISP and will lose an email address I have had for decades. I wanted to make sure I had an archive in case I needed to refer to any old emails.

[Mail Archiver] appeared to do everything I wanted.

I had purchased in a bundle deal a year ago, not realizing that I had only received a code to claim the license, not the actual license. When I went to install, it turned out the code was no longer active and I was worried I was out of luck, but the developer was incredibly responsive, and reactivated the code more quickly than I would have even expected an initial reply. Fantastic customer support, I must say!

I just created my first test archive and everything looks as good as promised, so I am feeling a bit less worried about changing my ISP since I will at least be able to easily search my old emails.

There is some comfort in the interface, as it still feels like I am just looking at an active email reader.

Thanks for the great customer experience!


My email provider lost all my historic mails and I never success reloading them.

I bought mail archiver after reading a complete comparative test made by a blogger who is a fan of apple solutions and whose opinions I regularly follow

I was aware of a discount on the purchase of the solution but only after I had purchased it. After sending a note, I immediately received a refund of th[e different in the price]

I feel more secure knowing that I keep track of all the emails that are important to me.

[I love the] simplicity. I was able to set up the tool immediately without any guidance. The few very well done advice emails sent by the editor confirmed my choices.

I don't have enough experience in using this solution to identify any shortcomings. At this stage, the solution seems to me to be quite complete.

Thank you to Beatrix for her professionalism as well as the speed and efficiency she demonstrates in the follow-up of her clients


The early days of emails didn't provide much reliability. Besides the applications didn't do an efficient job storing messages. Also, many of these programs were short-lived and you ended up having to replace them with a different solution. Mail Archive X provided continuity after changes in servers, accounts, clients, and computers.

Besides, it keeps the mail client snappy since you don't need to store thousands of messages there (even if it could, not all can import older discontinued client's messages)

It was one of the better solutions and with a good reputation. Moth has been doing this for a long time, while many of the other solutions have gone out of business

Moth has very good customer support, and most of the problems have been solved in a fast manner. They listen to customer's needs when preparing new versions.

Mail Archiver X has improved throughout the years. It has become faster, more reliable and better!

[I love the] automatic archiving and searches for older messages


I have multiple email accounts, with hundreds of mailboxes, stretching back more than 20 years, and needed a safe way to back them all up, as with modern Apple laptops, and small SSD's, it is impossible to keep a mail file that is so large. Finding a solution that offered both PDF and an alternative format was important to me, to ensure some future-proofing.

Mail Archiver ticked all the boxes, as it also allows you to archive from multiple machines - I have an old iMac that has been my main repository, but now runs a very old version of Mail - this was the best solution.

The longterm (and clear) licence guarantee, and rapid and diligent updating of the software is fantastic.

I sleep more easily now...

The level of automation, and running the archiving schedule at night when the computer is not busy, has proved fantastic, as has the reporting after each archive.

It would be better if it scanned the existing mails more quickly, and only processed the new mails. With a large archive, this process can take days (but that may just be the result of using it on a very old OS). The vs. 6.1 (AMD) might have solved this.

It's a great piece of software, from a (seemingly) small developer, that gives you individual attention when you need assistance - what more could you want!


I needed a solution to batch convert emails to pdf grouped by e.g. the sender and named with date and time. I was more than happy to find a solution that provided such functionality and much more.

Mail Archiver's set of features was the main reason to buy it.

You never know, how well a solution performs before actually working with it. So far, I could make it do what I needed

I am actually pleased to know that I am saving time when using Mail Archiver, in comparison how I had to do the same task before

Today, I figured out that you can even search for the name of an attachment. It helped me a lot today, and possibly in the future.

Serge T.

Too many emails that were not urgent and were piling up in my inbox.

I already use another archiving software for my emails. Although it does the job perfectly, the result takes up too much space on my disk. MailArchiver X, on the other hand, allows me to archive all my e-mails while taking up much less disk space.

Klaus B.

I was looking for a safe archival solution that would store 1000s of emails per year, over many years. I want to be able - even after years - to use the Mac's Spotlight feature to very quickly find an old email. I use PDF format for that. Having a archived copy of emails in a database in addition, is a plus.

I have been using previous versions of Mail Archiver X for years already and just recently purchased the latest version as part of a software bundle. I am not aware of other easy-to-use solutions for mail archival - except for e.g. mail to html, which I used many many years ago.

I am happy, and finding that Mail Archiver is now being optimized for the Apple M1 processor, is a real bonus. It makes archival very much faster. I have almost 15000 emails now in the archive, and the weekly update takes less than 2 minutes now.

Will S.

I recently retired and had a large corporate email account that I needed to make sense for my successor.

I have tried about every archive utility out there and came across Mail Archiver while searching for a better solution.

The archiver is professional and customizable to such a degree I was able to hand over a clean useable database.

I especially like the ongoing archiver which runs fine in the background.

(The feature I like the most is that Mail Archiver is) similar to my email browser, customizable, and most importantly editable.

Greg V.

I have been looking for a mail archive program that would preserve my folder hierarchy, allow progressive archiving, and be able to deal with my 1247 folders and 56 GB of email. Been trying for years but never found anything that would work.

I bought several over the years and they all failed -- so I had given up. I got an offer for Mail Archiver as part of a package with other software so I thought I would give it a try. It was worth more than everything else in the package combined.

My concerns were
- would it work -- it did like a charm
- would it preserve the hierarchy - it did
- would it handle the volume of mailboxes and mail -- it did
- would I be able to have as good a search capability as with my email -- it far exceeded my email for ease of use, features and speed.

Allowed me to reduce the size of my IMAP email from 60 GB to 10. And simplify my email as well.


I needed a solution that would give me flexibility of use between needing to archive email and being able to consult it even after deleting it from the server.

Being a home user. I was looking for an inexpensive solution that still met my needs for archiving and browsing mail. I came across an offer that combined the two. A little luck doesn't hurt. Obviously I studied well the features of your software and I had no doubts.

By scheduling local email archiving, you've taken a load off my mind. The security of being able to retrieve emails is priceless.

Josep M.

I get tons of mail and my mailboxes are getting fuller and fuller by the minute. Because of my work, I need to keep messages even if I decided to delete them at some point. I needed to find a good way to archive them outside of my mailbox.

I tried different solutions and Mail Archiver was by far the best and for a good price-quality ratio.

The customer support is the best I've experienced in a long time. Responsive and knowledgeable.

I feel less stressed knowing years of correspondence are at hand. My mail client is running faster and my mail is not taking so much space in my computers.

(I like) The ease of use. The fact that you are not locked in. Mail Archiver can export to database formats and to other standard formats for e-mail.

Thanks so much for the wonderful support.

Damien C.

I was looking for a simple solution to archive my e-mails and Mail Archiver has perfectly fulfilled this function; and even more since there are different backup modes. Moreover, in case of problems, the help is very reactive. Congratulations and thank you.

I tried other solutions, but Mail Archiver is the simplest and most complete, with a very good readability and a very powerful search tool.

The help desk is very responsive and solution oriented.

I am reassured to know that my emails are backed up in case of problems with my Mac.

(I like) The fact that I can save my emails in different forms.

Kurt G.

My personal email boxes kept getting too full and I need a way to look back at old purchases and emails. I had been deleting unwanted emails from my accounts and saving local copies of the the mailboxes, but this was inefficient and the ability to search with any clarity was lacking.

I was a long time user of realBasic and Xojo. I saw Moth Software's write-up on a programming site. I downloaded a trial and found it easy to use and that it provided the functions I needed. I did look at some other solutions, but they were more expensive and less efficient.

I was always concerned about losing important e-mails, but that has never happened with Mail Archiver.

The ability to archive all my different email programs without duplications is great.

John G.

I often include emails to support legal arguments. It takes time to format all of any given email to include the "from", "to", "date" and "subj". Now with Mail Archiver X, I simply locate the email of interest sorted by name rather than date, choose "print" as a pdf and put the document into a folder to print a hard copy for use when needed. The best thing, if my Gmail inbox runs out of space, I can easily select hundreds of unwanted emails sorted by name and toss them all at once recovering badly needed space.

Tried the free version, worked through the set-up instructions, found it did what I wanted.

Had set-up challenges, emailed tech support, got a response within 24 hours, followed the instructions, success!

Almost there, not totally expert with all the capabilities, but can now skinny down my topped out Gmail inbox with amazing ease.

(I like the) Schedule capability, archive emails automatically at the time and frequency I set.

(I would like to see) More help in the manual or on YouTube setting up correct user name and password. Had to work hard on that.

Adrian W.

I needed to have the facility to archive emails in their native form, having lost several in the past due to server errors.

I did in fact buy other software but after trialling Mail Archiver X I found that it satisfied my needs admirably.

I had to be sure that the software would safely archive such a large quantity of emails. Thankfully, the developer support is exceptional.

I can rely on Mail Archiver X to save my emails and moreover, be able to retrieve them at any time.

(I like) Saving to PDF. I'll probably use the the integration with filemaker in the near future.

Keep listening to your customers (as i know you do already).

I admire the developer for being able to address any concerns or questions very quickly. Still has the personal touch. Well done !


I had no easy way of backing up or archiving emails, and I wanted a comprehensive backup before upgrading my computer (and for my peace of mind) so I researched solutions and settled on Mail Archiver X.

It seemed to offer all the features I required. Simple as that. Having purchased I am loving the attitude of Beatrix the software author and her quirky updates and emails.

My only concern was "does it actually work"? And it does do everything I need so I sleep a bit safer knowing I have a comprehensive archive of all my emails which I can then backup.

Happy in the knowledge I have a solid email backup solution.

(I like) The ability to delete emails out of my current package and know I still have a copy in the archive.

Icons and interface still feel a little "clunky" (though that may improve I guess when I upgrade to Big Sur). As it stands using more standard Apple-esque icons would add some polish to the interface IMHO. Also perhaps consider making the database a series of smaller files? My only worry is what happens if the database becomes corrupt – it is a massive file.

Thanks for a great piece of software.

Alexander S.

Apple Mail wasn't working correctly any more with 10s of thousands emails. So I had to free Apple Mail up but to find a place where I still could work with my older emails.

It seemed to work flawlessly according to customers reactions and so I tried it too. And yes, until now, it works perfectly.

Any question I had while installing or updating was answered within minutes. Great!

My problem was the poor reliability of Apple Mail which is obviously not designed for professional use with a dozen accounts and 100.000s emails. On the other hand I did not want to use MS Outlook. So now I still can use Apple Mail because it is more reliable with lesser emails stored and I am able to work with my older emails on Mail Archiver.

(Mail Archiver) is really easy to use. And I can keep the mailbox structure I have implemented in Apple Mail.

Thomas N.

I always backed up individual, important emails as PDFs. But sometimes an email slipped through whose importance had escaped me. It was also tedious to store the PDFs in a structured way. So I looked around for a solution

I had a solution whose redesign as part of a macOS update I no longer liked. As a home user, most products were too overkill (and too expensive). The standard version of MailArchiverX fully met my expectations.

So far the information and communication has been very good and helpful.

I feel relieved of a burden when the mail arrives about a successful archiving. Something I know is in good hands!

(I like) The configurable notification and the overall search in the database.

Tarek E.

I used Email Archiver from www.emailarchiverpdf.com for many years and found it quite useful. However I repeatedly faces issues finding older Mails.
Recently I discovered Mail Archiver X and used fist the trial version to check if it fits my needs.
After an hour of testing, I was fully satisfied and purchased the full version.
Mail Archiver X offers a neat interface, is very well structured and is quite intuitive to use. My decision was clear once I used the search function and found every mail I looked for. Also the scheduling option is a great feature to automatically backup my mails.

(Mail Archiver) was the best solution to meet my requirements.

My major concern was search the functionality. However it works just great.

I am just happy not having to bother anymore how my email are backed up.


I receive upwards of 30,000 emails per year and need to go back to them on a regular basis for a variety of reasons. Trying to keep over 300,000 emails on a mail server or in my email client was just not going to work.

I did use a very good program (MailSteward Pro), however it was difficult to get this to work when I had to change clients from Apple Mail to Outlook 365. Therefore I tried Mail Archiver.

(I was concerned) whether I could import >300,000 emails plus attachments. (But Mail Archiver) Works without fuss, irrespective of email client.


I had used another product for many years but with the changes to the MAC OS and Apple Mail the product was seriously out of date. I wanted something with plenty of functionality and was regularly updated.

After evaluating several products, Mail Archiver was clearly the best product. Updated frequently, well supported, with excellent search functions, and no issues with the archives.

Appreciate (the) peace of mind knowing my mail messages are securely archived.

Beside using a product that works without any issues, I Frankly, appreciate the most the outstanding and responsive customer support.

Thanks Beatrix

Mark W.

I wanted to be able to store and access my email messages across all of my accounts in a single place

I am a member of TidBits. I have found that the software developers who support and advertise on TidBits provide superior apps with great support. Mail Archiver X is one of those apps.

Mail Archiver X keeps getting better and better. It meets all of my needs, and is fast and efficient. In addition, Beatrix has been super responsive when I have contacted her with problems or questions.

I feel confident that my email archives are complete and secure. I don't have to rely on my ISP or email provider to archive my messages.

(I like that Mail Archiver) Handles multiple accounts across many providers.

I am completely happy with Mail Archiver X.

Thanks, Beatrix!


I needed email archives in a format that was universally accepted (e.g. PDF or Text) that did not require special software to read and an archiving solution that was easy to use.

It seemed to best suit my needs and is well designed.

I'm confident that I can always find an old email and it has helped me out on a number of occasions. I no longer have my email folders full of old stuff, making the email software run more efficiently.

(I like) The ease and speed of the archival process.


As a landlord, there are emails I need to save permanently. Tax related email, warranty emails, etc. However, I don’t want all these emails in my Apple email, bloating my storage and making searches turn up too many results.

I went through 4 or 5 different programs trying to find what I need.

Using Mail Archiver X is very similar to using Apple email. I can create folders and sort emails. I can search through all emails. It doesn’t take long to learn. Setting up an import of old emails also didn’t take long to learn. All fairly intuitive. This makes Mail Archiver X perfect for me.

Using Mail Archiver X is very similar to using Apple email. I can create folders and sort emails. I can search through all emails. It doesn’t take long to learn. Setting up an import of old emails also didn’t take long to learn. All fairly intuitive. This makes Mail Archiver X perfect for me.

My mail storage is now smaller on my iPhone and iPad. All old email is stored on my iMac.

Mario S.

I have different mail addresses for different purposes. Private, professional and for support purposes. These different accounts want to be maintained and the information must be able to be summarized in an archive, because there are various reasons or the need to store e-mail information and in case of a case to have the corresponding information available. This named scenario serves Mail Archiver perfectly. There is always something to improve, but Mail Archiver has been able to handle my basic requirements without any problems.

Mail Archiver has a balanced price/performance ratio and can be used in both private and professional environments without any problems.


I'm afraid to lose any important data - I changed a few organisations and e-mail addresses, so I was looking for a best solution to backup all my emails, regardless address/company

I tried quite a lot of solutions, that was on the market at that time - but Mail Archiver was far best.

I feel more secure.

I really like Mail Archiver. Keep up great work.

Ed P.

I have large mailboxes for both my work and personal accounts and I use Outlook as my primary email client. I rely heavily on searching to locate information about ongoing and historical projects. The search feature in Outlook provided inconsistent and incomplete results and I could not resolve the issue.

I was familiar with Moth Software already and I could see the developer's dedication to customer service and continuous improvement. A quick test using the free trial proved it was exactly what I needed.

Even though I have only used Mail Archiver a short time, it has provided significant improvements to my day-to-day workflow.

(I like) The thoroughness and speed of searching through large mailboxes.

Randy S.

I had to move my business website and was concerned about losing important emails.

I searched for solutions and Mail Archiver had a very straightforward message and website and it slso looked like an easy site to try.

I was concerned about not having any support, but I was wrong. I got the help I needed, which was minimal and I'm so glad I chose Mail Archiver.

Basically, just feeling safe that everything is carefully backed up.

(Mail Archiver is) so E A S Y ! ! !


my concern was access. i might not be the best at understanding archiving , but when i created archives in Apple mail, they still take up room on computer and mbox extensions have to be reimported to your library. with MAX i can just go to the folders in the program and find what i need

you are extremely helpful. you answer emails and questions almost immediately

Yves Ch.

I have lost several years of emails and have been looking for an archiving solution

Mail archiver is constantly being developed, and its price is particularly affordable. This software does the job you want it to do and quickly

I sometimes find relatively old mails, which I need for professional reasons

Andrew R.

(I) Wanted a robust and automatic email archive solution I didn't have to think much about, but would make searching for email archives fast and effective.

(I bought Mail Archiver) Because it did everything I wanted, didn't cost a lot.

You delivered all my needs.

I don't need to worry about having an Apple Mail box filled with items yet I could find any and everything received if needed by using Mail Archiver instead of Apple Mail. Apple Mail's search isn't very good and having tens of thousands of emails archived in that product slows it down and makes using it daily more difficult. So I offload all non essential emails into Mail Archiver.

(I like) Auto scheduling of email archiving.

David S.

(I had a)

• Sluggish email app performance due to oversized database.

• Cumbersome method for finding older/archived email records.

(I bought Mail Archiver because)

• Product works very well.

• Developer is dedicated, if not compulsive, about improving the product.

• Developer communications when presented with improvement
suggestions, UI questions and bugs are timely, professional, pleasant
and highly productive.

• Price is entirely reasonable, making it a first-class value.

Email archiving, backup and database thinning now is easy, quick and reliable. Together, these realities provide strong peace of mind.

(I like) The ability to archive and thin the database (i.e. delete archived records) in a single script.

Just keep doing what you are doing. Improvement is continuous.

I recommend buying MailArchiver unconditionally.

David G.

I had a problem with the IT system at () University getting upset over the scheduler system. Beatrix fixed the problem immediately by creating a version without the automatic scheduler. Now that I have migrated to another computer, I needed to renew the activation and she responded in minutes. All my experiences with Moth Software have bee unusually positive and prompt.

I tested many systems and this is the one that not only worked best consistently but that also allowed me to find mails in the archive when I could not find them any other way.

It gives the confidence I need as in the case when my university lost nearly tens of thousands of emails in a server collapse. I always have my own archive.

Just keep up the good work.

Really good service is rare. This company provides it.

Kaliko T.

I have so many emails contained in over 30 different email addresses which I monitor and need to archive for both personal and business reasons. I manage several websites each with their own set of emails and issues which need to be tracked and maintained in a good archive overtime. I really needed Mail Archiver X to help me out and I have been using it since 2018, integrating it with FileMaker Pro.

I use Mail Archiver X as my solution because (1) I want to support independent developers and people I trust such as Beatrix and her team at Moth Software; (2) the app integrates well with FileMaker Pro; (3) it gets the job done and is focused on the task at hand and not built with a million bells and whistles which distract from the core point and duty of the app.

Mail Archiver X does everything I need.

I like most of the ability to integrate with FileMaker Pro so I can store my emails in my own solution and integrate that with other procedures I use in my business.

Thanks Beatrix for keeping this whole thing going! All the best to you and your family from your friend in Hawaii.

Jim S.

To keep my inbox from having too many emails, I kept having to archive email into "On My Mac" local folders, meaning that older emails weren't accessible on all my machines. This program (the pro version) offered a solution.

(I bought Mail Archiver because of) The server option.

Ease of setup was a concern, but Beatrix made it much easier.

Beatrix was enormously responsive and helpful in the setup process. I really appreciate this level of customer support.

Mark M.

I required software which could be used as standalone AND compatible with FileMaker Pro.
'Future-proofing' is essential so I can continue to archive my email into FileMaker Pro so I can customise what I want as requirements for my archives.
Mail Archiver gives me the flexibility of not having to rely on an old style, sometimes flaky, AppleScript solution, or exporting to PDF or other far less flexible archive methods.

I feel confident my important email data is archived.

Wim P.

I had used DEVONthink 2 to archive emails but as this became too expensive with the upgrade to DT3 I sought an alternative. I wanted an app that would keep all my emails in one archive and update it only with the new ones, so not incremental backups. Plus: easy to use and set up, easy and fast retrieval

Main concerns were about not being obliged to work with incremental backups, not having to deal with a clunky interface and ease of retrieval. However, after working with the trial version it became clear there would be no worries.

Robin B.

Having recently moved from Windows to Mac I found that I could not readily archive my emails in a readily accessible format which I could access across different devices. I used to use PST Mail on my iPhone and iPad but could not find an equivalent. However when I came across Mail Archiver X I realised that I could archive emails as PDFs and hold them in folders on the Cloud which I can then access from my mobile devices. This is really useful and means I also have all my emails in a format which is readily accessible across platforms. I am delighted.

It was especially useful to be able to have a trial run with Mail Archiver to see that it could do what I wanted. It did and Beatrix was very helpful in advising me on a glitch I had created so both for product, trial runs and service, I felt that it was right to choose Mail Archiver.

I find turning emails into PDFs the most useful facility so far but may use it in Internal Database format as well.

If I had an App on my iPhone and iPad that might be a benefit.

Chris S.

Apple Mail was misbehaving, not fetching or displaying mails properly and continuously downloading non-existing emails; search was not working properly.

(Mail Archiver) seemed to be a logical solution to the problem of having large numbers of archival emails in the email client; read about quick response from developer in case of questions (which I have experienced myself now as well)

it makes working with very large numbers of emails much less painful

being able to control in detail what to (not) archive and being able to just colour emails rather than deleting them straight away

the colouring process is very slow; I would also love to be able to see a threaded view of my emails archived in Mail archiver

Thanks for the tool and the great work! It is much appreciated!

Myron G.

I had thousands of emails organized into various mailboxes. Some could simply be deleted, but others I wanted to maintain in a safe but easily accessible form. Mail Archiver X allowed archiving special mailboxes (e.g. emails from my sister and from favourite students). Apple mail is supposed to do something like this but it was not very intuitive and made it difficult to access the archived email. MA-X just created an external database and left Mail as it was. If I wanted to see what I said in an archived email from ten years ago, I just open the relevant archive file with MA-X and it's all there.

I demo-ed a few [apps], but not was a simple as MA-X. As I already said: MA-X lets you create quickly readable archives of any mailboxes you choose and leave Mail exactly as it was. No fuss, no muss, no nail-biting worry about losing important emails.

[The application is] simple to use; reliable; leaves original emails as they are (so you don't need to worry that they will disappear if something goes wrong with the processing)


I needed an archiver that would store my emails for easy search and retrieval, do so in a logical and easy to control manner and thus allow me to manage my many thousands of emails

[The application is] easy to use, logical, reliable and easy to manage. Support, on the rare occasions I needed it, is first class.

Its great to be able to pull up an email from years ago with just a few minutes search with key words. Previously emails, even though they were backed up in .mbox files etc, would often not be found.... and if they were found, would take ages to find.

Archiving old emails is simple. Mail search is faultless.


Many times I have had problems with emails, sometimes lost, damaged or accidentally deleted. Then, several years ago, I bought my first Mail Archiver license and since then I couldn't do without this excellent software that has saved me from many unpleasant situations. I would also like to mention the support service which is always very punctual and quick in solving the very few problems. Highly recommended.


Abandoning two old email accounts, but wanted to save old correspondence, "Just in case." Looked for a good, reliable product and settled on Mail Archiver X. I was up and running in minutes, with no issues. Very simple and straight-forward to use. I've been using main-frame computers and desktops since the late 1960s. I've seen good, bad and downright ugly software. This product is well-designed and, in my opinion, well worth the price.

[I'm now so] relieved - one less decision to make and I'm confident my email is backed-up properly and will be accessible.


Eric Vlietnick:

Years ago, I reviewed Mail Archiver X for IT Enquirer, an IT publication on the web. I ranked it as a good archiving solution, but didn't really need one myself. Fast forward, I am now handling a lot more tasks simultaneously -- writing reviews and other journalistic articles, caring for a dementing mother, etc -- with the associated increase in stress levels. I therefore make more mistakes and a few days ago I accidentally deleted three IMAP folders from within Apple Mail. Everything was lost; the general backups I had were not very helpful in that some messages had lost their content for some reason. And that's when I started thinking about a dedicated mail archival solution.

I bought Mail Archiver because I knew it's good. It's not blazingly fast, but it has a complete feature set and -- most important of all -- it allows me to convert messages to PDFs, which sort of carves the content in stone.

You directly download from the IMAP server, which at the moment of trying your app contained the restored folders with over 8000 messages inside. Your database allows me to keep the messages in a readable and mail-alike interface, while also delivering the ability to convert to PDF.

David N.:

I am often disconnected from the internet but still need access to past emails for my business. I tried several archive solutions before settling on MailArchiverX as the most full featured, easy-to-use and best set-and-forget software. In addition, the developer is extremely responsive to questions or problems, offering concrete solutions. The software is also updated with bug fixes and user-requested features at least twice a year. The price is very reasonable for a reliable and powerful email archiver.

Andy S.:

I was looking for an easy to use program for e-mail archiving in .pdf format! I used the Email Archiver, later the Email Archiver Pro and Horcrux Email Backup. All of them worked for a while, or didn't have a .pdf and then I found Mail Archiver X this software contained all my wishes and also a clear and concise design and what is equally important my call for help was answered immediately even on a Saturday. This program is a must have, now I have all my mails safely in an archive and every year the file is moved out.

David C.:

I used to use Mail Archiver Pro but was having more trouble with that app as Brad Pitt had with Jolie - so looked for a new one , first on the App Store - and found Mail Archiver X - and said those words that Caesar said "I came , I saw , I conquered, I said” - I found , I saw and bought it within 30 minutes of using the trial version.

Matthias K.:

My computer is relatively old. I am a frellancer and need to save my emails, i was wondering what would happen when my old computer doesn´t work anymore. So i wanted to save my data.

I tested mail steward also. But Mail Archiver seems to have a nice user interface. I have so many emails and a nice, clear interface is very important.


I had accumulated years of "Archive mailboxes" in Mail.app, switched Macs, but not transfering the archives. So I had never the Mac storing the archived mails available when I needed to research old mails.

The archive solution in Mail becomes cumbersome with tens of thousands of archived mails. the other solutions I came across did not please me.

Bernhard C.:

In my own company we had used tape backups, but I wanted something simpler and easier to access when I went solo. In the past we had lost track of a few critical mails, so I didn't want that to happen again.

Mail Archiver was reasonably priced and nicely tailored to my needs, using a Mac. The setup is straightforward and quick, easier to use than the competition.

Main worry is how secure my backups are. No problem. Earlier versions were slow as the archives got larger and when splitting the archives it was easy to lose track of particular mails. The later versions are faster and cope with one large archive.

I like Beatrix' quick responses to my issues, plus her clear desire to get even better.


I had several email accounts, some business with the requirement to maintain proper archives. MacOS Mail sometimes was a bit buggy, stuttered and gave me an insecure feeling.

I looked for a good solution and tried out a couple options. Mail Archiver appeared stable (but I was just able to test for 10 days) and nicely indexed and searchable. For me this was the most convenient within the requirements I was looking for.

It gives me more confidence to clean up mailboxes, as the archive is there and searchable. I don't have to worry about it anymore.

The layout is good and it has what I need. It runs in the background and you can schedule it. Also helpful are the trainings emails, explaining how to use the app. and what to select.

Harvey L.:

Back-ups took a long time with my previous software, and its interface and searching were sub-standard.

I tried Mail Archiver on a trial basis and learned the I could get very efficient updating of my backups by specifying that Mail Archiver only archive messages newer than 7 days. That works like a charm. Also, the Mail Archiver mailbox window is beautiful and functional. Another thing that sold me is that Mail Archiver is well documented and includes with a trial subscription a 7-day "miniclass" to teach the intricacies of Mail Archiver.

I had some technical questions and contacted the company. Beatrix Willius answered within one day and was extremely helpful.

Edgar S.:

My mail box was so full that it started to bug. So I needed to empty it but find a way to conserve an archive (legal issues).

After studying all possibilities, I opted for Mail Archiver as it seamed the best solution for me.

It was a little hard to take in hand (am not a computer specialist) but once I found my way in, it perfectly served my needs.

It helped my computer to run smoother once my mail box opened. It permitted me to import old mails and organise them well.

There is no specific feature I like better, as I like all features... Maybe I could say that the support team is cool and efficient (not like others), so it is what I like the most.

Hadi D.:

My main reason for Mail Archiver was the super slow response on Mail using IMAP and 5 mailboxes some with over 30k messages.

I had used self-archiving before, but it is clunky and finding older emails is very difficult. Mail Archiver allows me to browse archived emails quickly and has vastly speeded up the performance of my mail client.

Chris W.:

I had a huge archive of emails, both work and personal, that I knew needed attention, but the sheer size of the task was overwhelming.

MA was the first and only archiver I tried, and it worked well, so I stayed with it.

MA has relieved my anxiety about all those stashed emails. It works quietly in the background, needing little attention.

Derek W.:

I was always worrying about losing email and a few years back I investigated multiple options. After trying a few tools, I decided Mail Archiver was by far the best and easiest solution to safely back up all my email and let me clean the database but still have easy access to mail archived. Along with general Mac backups, it allows me to slim my Mail database but allow fast searching through the archive if need be.

Michael N.:

Mail for Macintosh OS-Catalina has a bug which sometimes looses email messages when transferring emails between folders. Mail Archiever appears to create a retrievable bakup or archieve of my important emails.

Mail Archiever easily keeps mail box folder hierarchy in Mail intact and retrievable. I was concernced about recording duplicates and also concerned on database stability and retrievability. Mail Archiever, after 1 week of use making when weekly archieve, appears to perform as expected. I am using it with Mac OS Mojave 10.14.6 Mail. When I upgrade to Mac OS 10.15 Catalina, I will have a useful backup of my emails, should the Mail in OS 10.15 corrupt my Mail database. I am thus far very satisfied with Mail Archiever. It performs as expected. Such performance gives me confidence.

Oliver S.:

I had a computer crash and lost some of my application licences. Luckily I had a backup but to find the right email was a task and a half. I had another archiving application for years but I had some issues with the app and contacted support. After receiving an initial email stating that they would look into the issue, things went quiet and I never heard back. I looked for another solution and came across Mail Archiver X. I used the trial version but had issues with the app as it didn't finish the process. Using the support and crash reporting tools, Beatrix responded very quickly and eventually solved the issue. Once the issue was solved I happily paid for the full version.

Don C.:

We have over 20 years of business emails, mostly POP, that we wanted to archive. Over the years we have found the Apple Mail client to be very clumsy when files get too large, so offloading to a capable archive program is important. I also intend to do a once a week archive of current IMAP emails with Mail Archive X. Impressive variety of output. No sense having mail in mbox archives if you cannot open them and read them! The reviews that mentioned the responsiveness of the programmer Beatrix were very important. Every question or concern was answered, sometimes within minutes.

David in Canada:

I needed to free up disk space so the Mac Mail program would run quicker. Mail Archiver was recommended by a trusted source. Also, Moth Software has an excellent reputation for customer service. I have been very impressed with the quick and helpful responses from Beatrix at Moth Software. Was the price worth it? Absolutely, I found out from benefiting from this product. The greatest benefit is the peace of mind that my business email is being "backed up" into a searchable and readable archive.

Sam C.:

My email goes all the way back to 1994. I've manually archived email from UNIX, Eudora, many version of Outlook, Apple Mail, Google, and various work servers. It's very complicated and takes a lot of effort to keep up and move from one computer to the next. Searching it is essentially impossible! Mail Archiver X is the only reasonable solution on the Mac to do what I wanted to do.

Now I have 280,000 emails in one searchable database, and it's being kept up to date monthly. I can both access all my emails, and I can back them up easily. All the email in one place, searchable, and exportable.

Gordon C.:

20 Years of emails and my provided decided to impose a storage limit on our IMAP accounts. I had to find a way of storing 16Gb emails quickly. Looked on the internet and Mail Archiver X came up as the obvious front runner.
I trialed Mail Archiver X and found it simple to use and perfect for my needs. My only concern was ever going to be the price. I could have sorted a manual solution but it wouldn't have been nearly as comforting as the Mail Archiver X solution. The price is very good. I feel secure that my emails are back-up and easily available. It's a good feeling.

John P.:

My need for archive solution was driven by large mail database, need to retrieve specific emails efficiently and requirement to make available retrieved emails to third parties in either mbox or pdf format. Solution search was dependent on meeting these three goals in a cost-effective manner. Mail Archiver X is my fifth archive solution. I purchased it because it's code is solid, it's multi-pane user window (email browser) is familiar and intuitive, its search/filter function is robust, its scheduling function is seamless, it is easy to export all or selected emails efficiently in mbox or pdf formats and its price is reasonable. I am now relieved that email archiving happens automatically and I no longer have to spend unnecessary time and effort and aggravation finding and using or sending specific emails or groups of emails to accomplish tasks as before.


I need to archive and delete emails from my G-Suite (Google) Account.

(Mail Archiver is) very simply, elegantly, and reliably connected to my Gmail account, and, in one step, archived all labels I specified and deleted those labels (including the emails with those labels) from my Gmail account. All other solutions I considered required that the emails and labels be manually deleted. In addition, MailArchiver will restore any emails that were previously archived and preserve all labels and metadata.

I was concerned about restoring emails and preserving the labels and other attributes. Those concerns were addressed immediately.

(Mail Archiver) will allow me to reduce the size of my Gmail mailbox considerably while having a reliable archive in the event I ever need the old, archived emails.

(I like that Mail Archiver can) Archive and delete in one step.

The program is excellent and the developer, Beatrix Willius, is incredibly quick to respond to questions and help to resolve issues. I highly recommend it.


A significant part of what I'm doing is reflected in the content of my emails. I have different email accounts for different businesses and activities. Therefore, the likelihood of having a loss and the bad implications of such loss was higher and higher as time went by. Then I started to find proper backup tools not to have all eggs in the same basket.

(I bought Mail Archiver because it is) Reliable, lots of effort to stay up to date, reasonable price, and this intangible feeling related with better peace of mind.

I have been a user of Mail Archiver since almost inception. Plenty of little things have been solved along the way (speed, disk memory, searching tools, attachment management, etc.).

Probably the best summary is to have better peace of mind.

Simon W.:

I initially wanted a backup in-case of issues when upgrading my computer's OS.

(Mail Archiver) seemed the easiest to use and I liked the idea of having a full incremental backup / archive that contained all my emails. So I could delete emails from my main Mail App safe in the knowledge that if the poo ever hit the fan, I could always look in the archive for an email.

The initial set-up was explained OK by the emails I received as part of the purchase process and so far everything has worked as advertised.

I am happier now that I know my emails are backed up and archived.

I love the personal nature of the emails and communications about updates etc. Other people might not like the chatty style or the opinions of the author, but I like the individuality!

Christopher F.:

I receive lots of email from multiple account; keeping it organized was a becoming a significant issue. Mail Archiver X has been the easiest and most efficient solution I've found.

Nothing else fit my needs as efficiently, and did its job and did it well!

I do appreciate how frequently you update and address specific issues when Apple Mail and Outlook make changes to their software, so please keep that up.

(Mail Archive allows me to keep) track of email without overloading my mailbox much simpler and efficient.

Keep up the good work and best wishes, too!

Mark H.:

I Receive 100s of email a day and needed a way to save them for sorting and for finding important emails so that I could keep my inbox clean knowing everything was saved.

I've used Mail Archiver for years. i try to buy a new version every few years just to support Beatrice and her remarkable commitment to keeping M.A.X fresh and bug free. No other archiver is a functional and affordable and user friendly!

I was worried that I wouldn't be able to Truly find my emails and attachments and both are always there when I need them!

Now I can erase my old emails with confidence knowing they are saved and can make room for new emails. I have found receipts from years ago that my friends couldn't find and actually won many a dispute because of that. I love the confidence I feel using it.

The attachments are intact. Love that.

Everything I've wanted it to do, it does!

Kevin L.:

When Google changed their permission structure, I needed a replacement for CloudPull.

Reviews for Mail Archiver were better than for competitors. More importantly, during the trial period before I bought the software I had problems with Mail Archiver that were addressed rapidly by you. Your level of support, even to a trial user, convinced me Mail Archiver was the way to go, so I was happy to purchase a license.

Peter M.:

I kept losing my e-mail archives again and again and was missing the possibility to archive them from my Windows and Mac systems.
I'm relieved that I will never again lose my mail archives.

I am very pleased and impressed by the care with which Beatrix updates Mail Archiver and keeps in touch with her customers.

Glenn H.:

I decided to switch from Microsoft Outlook to Apple Mail as my email software and that made me realise that I may not be able to retrieve old emails if they were in a format that was incompatible with my email software.

Mail Archiver looked easy to use and saved emails in PDF format that is pretty much universal and should be accessible for many years.

There have been a few glitches with updates, but these were quickly resolved after sending an error report.

Mail Archiver gives me comfort in knowing that I can access my archived emails at any time and read them independently of Apple Mail. I can confidently clean out emails from Apple Mail which makes it less cluttered and operate more efficiently.

The biggest benefit is that structure of my folders is retained so there is that familiarity when I have to access emails in Mail Archiver.

Andre U.:

As an attorney I need to preserve client email and be able to retrieve them when necessary. Mail Archiver lets me save email in one master file and not have them stacking up in my email client program.

Program is reasonably priced, easy to use, works with my email client (Postbox) and works with my iMac computer.

Once I started using the program I didn't worry anymore about backing up my email. Daily backup became a habit at the end of the work day.

I am able to search emails and copy it off in different formats.

I liked the program so much that I recommended it to my wife for her business and it paid off when we had to access several years of old email for a client.


My Apple Mail had too many messages, slowing down Mail atrociously. By archiving old emails I needed to keep, Mail speeded up. Now I save important old emails to Mail Archiver X.

I tried two other programs. The user interface was awful. Didn't look like a mail program, with folders on the left, then message list, then a message. Mail Archiver looks like and acts like a mail program. Very easy to learn, search and find what I need.

A couple of years ago, Mail Archiver was slow when I tried to re-size columns in the middle pane (the list of messages). This has been fixed. Happy camper.

I can now keep old emails relating to business. I can have multiple databases, like one for a rental I own, second for jewlery making, etc. Makes each database smaller, easier to search and handle.

I like searching, printing, printing attachments. I've even printed out all emails in a database, and the result was individual pdf files, organized by folders! Excellent!

JD T.:

I wanted to be able to archive and search thru past emails, and to do it effortlessly. I don't need to go back to them very often, but when I do, having them archived and searchable is a big plus.

I had tried Email Archiver but it didn't work all that well, so I started seeking out alternative when I found Mail Archiver X.

Overall the program has simply worked, and did so in the background, overnight, so I don't really think about it all that much. And I get the usual email in the morning that just lets me know everything worked.

What I like most with the latest release, SPEED!!!! In the past, backup would take 2-3 hours which is why I have it scheduled overnight so it doesn't get in my way. It also seemed to have use quite a bit of system resources, making using the Mac simultaneously a bit of a pain because of the slowdown.


I need to keep a record of emails that I've received--some going back more than 10+ years. When the software I'd used previously was no longer being updated and became incompatible with macOS I started using Mail Archiver.

Mail Archiver had the features I wanted and it wasn't difficult getting my old email archives back into my email software and then having Mail Archiver back them up again for storage. Given the number of emails, this was a pain to do, but more importantly, it was doable.

I like Mail Archiver, use it regularly and without problems.

Overall performance and speed getting the the job done are most important to me. The other thing I appreciate is that Mail Archiver has not become subscription software--other than incompatibility, this is probably the only thing that would lose me as a customer at this point.

Eric F.:

I had to save each email in a manual approach, sending everything to PDF. This was a long process which I wasn't always doing.

I found Mail Archiver while searching on the Internet. To me, it was an excellent solution that was affordable and easy to use.

Mail Archiver is so simple to use. My work emails are now archived with very little effort. I often consult those archived emails which is also very easy.

Frank T.:

I lost some addresses and mailboxes because of several reasons the year before. Additionally my mail app was getting too large and some IMAP mailboxes reached their limitations. On the other hand I would need many of the conversations with my clients in future. So I was looking for a database to archive all important mails.

Mail Archiver suited me best. I found no comparable app for Mac OS.

I like searching for old mails is as easy as wanted. I am very happy that Mail Archiver speeds up searching for old conversations and is automatically storing my mails according to my needs. What is also great is the fast search in all archived mailboxes simultaneously.

Jose U.:

I had accumulated of so many years of emails... I kept them in Mbox but the Apple Mail client had it saturated with many thousands of emails. Constant backups just in case.

I once bought a MailSteward license (I think that was the name). I was testing them at the same time and decided on Mail Archiver X. I saw it more solid.

I'm always afraid of changes in versions of the operating system or Mail Arch. Sometimes I think I would have to improve the hardware where Mail Archiver is installed (low iMac 2017).

I feel so much calmer ... before they were constant backups.

I like the option of various file formats. The option to export to a universal format, mbox.

Hans-J. B.:

I needed to archive emails from several accounts, easy to search, and the possibility of exporting and re-importing to original if and when needed.

Tried several other apps, but Mail Archiver was by far the best and for my needs, and easy to use too. Possibility to export in a standard format for transfer/import if needed was a major concern, and you sure did deliver.

I managed to trim down my email clients and speed them up, while still having all the old stuff archived and available. It also provided me with an extra backup, independent of my email client and my email providers.

So easy to configure and use! And the facelift of the GUI over time has been great.

Testimonials from 2018

Christian D.:

Exceeding > 6.000 or 7.000 mails in all the mailboxes, performance and stability of the genuine Apple-Mail-Client went really poor (back in 2015). I didn't want to use a different Client (Outlook, Thunderbird etc.). So i did some research on how to fix this. Mail Archiver X got a couple of promising reviews and (most important) turned out to fit my needs best.

I started using Mail Archiver X running with OS X 10.10 (Yosemite). Also worked fine with 10.11 (El Capitan), 10.12 (Sierra) and 10.13 (HighSierra). With 10.14 (Mojave) i encountered the Problem, that every time i Startes Mail Archiver, it reported that it didn't quit regularly last session, and so did a consistency-check of the database.

I reported this to to the Developer (Moth Software, Mrs. Willius) and within two weeks, Mrs Willius provided two modified Versions of the Application to me, the second one fixed the issue! I experienced great commitment and an outstanding Support! Thanks for that! Mail Archiver does, what i expected: I archive all my old (> 2years) mails and have them accessible in a good UI whenever i need! Mail-Client performs perfectly again!


I used mailstore for windows before on a VM and searched for a MacOS solution. I tested several solutions and Mail Archiver was the best. It is easy to archive with just one click once it is set.

Michael B.:

I kept my archive of old emails in my mail programme, but the archive became too big and heavy, so it slowed down my mail programme.

Mail Archiver does not automatically convert the mails into pdf, like other programmes. That gives me the flexibility to import the mails back into the mail programme if needed, without losing the option to convert the mail into pdf.

My main concern is that all emails are filed into one big file, which becomes extreme big. My file is now 40+ Gb! I am of course afraid that in case something happens to this one file, that I will loose all my archived mails. However until now I have not faced any problems.

It is nice to have speeded up my mail programme, which I use daily, and at the same time have easy access to my whole history of mails. I makes me feel efficient and safe.

Leo D.:

I could not find a solution that was focused on the small business owner. Mail Archiver filled that need. I really wanted a simple program not a monthly subscription as is often the case for institutional solutions. I wanted to have all emails converted into PDF for storage. Mail Archiver was able to meet this need perfectly.

Matthew S.:

I work with a woman who gets tons of email but never deletes any of it. She would call me complaining either of slow performance in Mail or warnings that she had no more storage space available on the server. I would have to manually move thousands of old emails into a local archive folder in Mail and then delete them off the server. A month or 2 later, she'd call again. I had to find a way to automatically archive and delete messages for her.

I tried to use Mail rules, but they only act on incoming messages. I wrote an automator/applescript solution but new versions of Mac OS would cause it to stop working, or the calendar event would get deleted, which stopped the automator script from running. Other off-the-shelf mail archiving solutions would archive messages, but not delete them, which didn't solve the problem.

Not having to worry about getting calls about the email server being full has reduced my stress level.

Markus L.:

The problem was migration to a new Mac and we searched for a solution where we have full access to the all the mails (about 60000!) from the old machine without having migrate them as deadweight to the new machine. Being able to "start clean and from scratch" with Mail on the new machine while having access to all the old mails with all their original properties on the same machine at the same time was what we wanted to achieve...

Mail Archiver is exactly the solution we were looking for and it's solving our task in a reliable and efficient way.

We had some small questions that have been answered quickly - as both located in Germany we had a quick phone call and we immediately started the trial which worked just fine from first start.

Martin P.:

I like to have everything in one place, including all my e-mails. For me, that place is a custom FileMaker database that I can easily move to another Mac (or two). Ironically, there’s no easy/built-in way to transfer e-mails from Apple Mail to Apple’s own FileMaker. Mail Archiver X to the rescue!

I had used another application for the same purpose, but it stopped worked after the latest macOS release, and support wasn’t great to start with. Moth Software has always been helpful with issues big and small, so my money was well-invested.

It’s odd that a third-party tool is required to bridge two Apple products (Apple Mail and FileMaker, an Apple subsidiary) – but if it’s required, I rather have a full-blown, well-built application than a rough AppleScript. Mail Archiver X delivers.

Like a good product should, Mail Archiver X Just Works™. After initial configuration, it’ll copy all selected e-mails to a FileMaker database.

Bruce H.:

I needed a way to archive old emails in a way that got them out of my mail client, but so that they remained easy to access if needed.

MAX is automatic and reliable. I don’t like the alternative of exporting emails and importing them again... it’s messy and not reliable.

Courtney H., Washington, DC, USA

I like computer software to do exactly what I want without fuss or bother. Mail Archiver X is that kind of software. Every few months I archive my emails from Apple Mail into Mail Archiver X, and there is never any problem. The instructions are clear and the procedure is trouble-free. Mail Archiver X organizes my emails, year by year, in the same way as they are organized in Apple Mail, so I can find everything I need to. The price is reasonable. This software is so uncomplicated that I have not needed much help, but when help is needed Beatrix has been very responsive.

My only suggestion is that the buttons “Archive!” and “Archive Mbox” (v. 4.2) are a bit confusing. It might be better to have a single “Archive” button that opens a dialog box that presents the archiving options.