How-to: Import RSS Feeds into Thunderbird

This is a quick guide to importing your exported RSS feeds into Mozilla Thunderbird.

If you do not have an RSS feeds account set up, you will have to make a new account for RSS feeds. You can do this from the Account Settings screen, just click Add Account… and then go through the steps.

Now that you have a News & Blogs account; you can go about importing your subscriptions.

First, from the main screen of the folder (the one you get when you click on the News & Blogs name), click on Manage subscriptions –

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Next, click on Import

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Then, in the window that pops up, find the file that you exported from your reader. Then, click Open and all of your feeds will be imported.

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Now, I did this after importing all 100+ feeds that I have in my OPML file. If you have folders in your reader, those will not be imported along with your feeds. You will have to remake your folders, and you will lose the ability to read a full folder at one time.

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5 thoughts on “How-to: Import RSS Feeds into Thunderbird

  1. I’ve just installed Thunderbird and was hoping I might be able to use it as a feed reader. But I’m currently using the Brief addon in Firefox and my feeds are all sorted into folders. So I’ll lose all the organisation. In Thunderbird, can I put them back in their folders? It doesn’t sound like it. So disappointing. πŸ™

  2. I had a look at it, and actually you can add a folder to the RSS section; the only difference to the regular folders is that it doesn’t actually look like a folder, but has the same icon as the other feeds in the list. The only thing is that the organisation doesn’t come along when you import the feeds. πŸ™‚

  3. very nice but..when i imported the google reader feeds to thunderbird, j loose the name of my folders..i have to organise them again :s

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