How to Convert Multiple .EML Emails Into A Single PDF File

EMLViewer Pro is a Windows software tool for managing and converting .eml files. One of its core capabilities is converting from .eml to .pdf format.  Some of our earlier articles have focused on this capability in detail, and today we’re going to focus specifically on creating a single pdf file that contains multiple .eml email files.

When converting many .eml’s into one .pdf, you’ll need remember that the resulting PDF can get quite large. Be sure that you have plenty of space available on your hard drive.

The first step in our process is to start EmlViewer Pro, or it’s twin, PstViewer Pro. Since the two software packages have merged, they now contain identical capabilities to manage .eml.  You can download a free trial of EmlViewer Pro here and follow along.

From the folder navigation on the left side of the EmlViewer Pro interface, clck on the folder containing your .eml files.  EmlViewer Pro will then load the emails into a list, where you can sort or search for the messages you want to convert to pdf.

Now tell EmlViewer Pro which emails you want to move into a single PDF file. You can select individual emails from the list. To select them all, click on the first one in your list and then do a CTRL-A on your keyboard to select all of the messages. When a message is selected, it will have a blue highlight.

EmlViewer Pro .eml file viewer with messages selected.

The last step is to tell EmlViewer Pro which profile to use by selecting it from the drop down list on the Export tab in the main toolbar. There are 3 options provided for exporting .eml into a single .pdf:

Screen shot shows how to select the .eml file to single .pdf export profile in EmlViewer Pro.
Choose the best Eml-to-PDF export profile for your project

Single PDF – attachments embedded. This option includes email file attachments as separate files within the .pdf. They can extracted later from the PDF using PDF viewing software.

Single PDF – attachments saved to disk.  Converts .eml files into a single PDF, but attachments are saved to your hard drive, outside of the PDF.

Single PDF – attachments converted/included.  EmlViewer Pro attempts to convert the attachments into images that are displayed within the PDF file. It can convert many of the most common and popular image and document files. If it is unable to convert a file, then it defaults to embed the file within the PDF.

By now, you have selected your emails and chosen the best export profile for your project.  All that’s left to do is click the “Export” button and start the  conversion operation. EmlViewer Pro may prompt you to choose a file name for the .PDF file.

The amount of time it takes to convert the .eml files to .pdf will vary by the number of emails you need to convert, the size of the emails, file attachment sizes and types, and whether the .eml files have embedded graphics. If the image files are hosted on a server, EmlViewer Pro will attempt to download them and render the email.  All of these factors will impact how quickly the operation will complete.

The converted eml emails will appear in the .pdf with the traditional header information at the top of each email, which includes From, Sent Date, To, Subject, and any file attachments.

Image shows part of a .eml file that was converted into a .pdf file.
.Eml file converted to .pdf

We hope this short tutorial and EmlViewer Pro will help you accomplish your goal today. Thanks for reading. Click here for more information on EmlViewer Pro, including purchase and a free trial download.

How To Convert .EML Email Files Into .PDF Files?

.EML files are email files. They contain the email message and any file attachments that were included with the message.  If you find yourself with a batch of .eml files that you need to convert into .PDF files, EML Viewer Pro can help you.

Why would someone ever have .eml files? There are many situations where you may encounter them.  As a published open standard (RFC-822) .eml files are used by many different email clients, including Windows Mail, Outlook Express, Thunderbird, and others.  If you are involved in a court case, or received a FOIA request fulfillment from a government agency, you may have received the emails in .eml format. 

Converting .eml emails into common .pdf files sounds like it should be a very simple thing to do; and if you have the correct software, it is simple.  Many people encounter problems by attempting eml to pdf conversion using software that is not designed for that purpose.  For example, a free .pdf printer app might do a great job rendering the email message as a .pdf file, but may fail to convert file attachments.  Specialized needs, such as adding an email individually to an existing .pdf file, or embedding file attachments inside the pdf may not be supported. What if you need to convert thousands of .eml files to individual pdf files, and apply a specific naming structure to the files?  No free app that we’re aware of can support these complex operations.

EML Viewer Pro can!

Main screen of Eml Viewer Pro software, which can be used to convert .eml files into .pdf files.
Eml Viewer Software for MS Windows

Getting starting with .eml to .pdf file conversion

 

Download a free trial copy of Eml Viewer Pro software (also known as PstViewer Pro). The trial runs for 15 days. Although the registered version of the software can convert an unlimited number of emails to pdf in a single batch, while in trial mode it will only export up to 50 at a time.

When Eml Viewer Pro starts, use the folder navigation on the left side to select the folder where your .eml files reside.  Eml Viewer Pro will read in your .eml files and display them in a message list.

Image shows .eml files in an organized list in Eml Viewer Pro software for Windows.
.eml files in a list

To export a single .eml file to .pdf, follow these steps.

First, select the file(s) in the list that you want to convert to .pdf.
Next, from the Export drop down list, select the appropriate method for converting your .eml files from.

Finally, click the yellow “Export” button to start the operation.

A list of options for converting .eml files into .pdf files. Choose the correct option.
Select the eml to pdf export method

Eml Viewer Pro will go to work processing your eml files. You may be prompted to choose a destination folder.

Choosing the correct PDF export method.

As we mentioned earlier, any free pdf printer can suffice if you only wan to convert a single email into a single pdf file, especially if it does not contain file attachments.

EML Viewer Pro adds value by providing you with a wide of methods for converting .eml to .pdf.

Some of the possibilities include:

  • Exporting many email to a single pdf
  • Exporting many emails to multiple pdfs
  • Exporting an email into an existing pdf
  • Converting to pdf while extracting file attachments
  • Converting to pdf while embedding file attachments
  • Converting to pdf and attempting to convert file attachments into the pdf image
  • Applying a special name to the newly created .pdf files

Eml Viewer Pro accomplishes tasks through “Export Profiles.” These are sets of instructions that tells Eml Viewer Pro how it perform the task.  Export profiles appear from the drop down list. You can create brand new export profiles, or edit the ones that Eml Viewer Pro ships with.

Select the method for exporting eml emails into .pdf files.

Edit any export profile to customize

To edit an export profile, first select that profile from the list, and then click “Edit Profile.  This will open the profile editor. While we won’t go into great detail here, the profile editor allows you to customize many of the values and parameters to Eml Viewer Pro uses to accomplish its tasks.

The export profile editor, showing configurable settings for .eml-to-pdf export.
Edit the pdf export profile.

Download a free trial of EmlViewer Pro.

If you have any questions about exporting eml files into .pdf files, post them in the comments below, or email us at supportline at encryptomatic.com and we’ll be glad to help.