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How to Download Attachments from PST Files in Mac?

Jaspreet Singh | Modified: 2020-08-27T14:39:27+00:00

“One of my office colleagues sent me a PST file and told me that download all the attachments from that PST file. But the problem is I am using a Mac system. And PST is a Windows Outlook data file. So if someone knows the solution to download attachments from PST files in Mac, then please help me.”

Sometimes to fulfill some official requirements users face this type of issue. Where users have to complete some task that sounds impossible. But here in this article, we are going to discuss the solution which turns this length and impossible task into an easy and possible task. Yes, we are going to talk about the technique on how to download attachments from the PST files in Mac.

So, let’s jump into the blog

How to Download Attachments from PST files in Mac Machine?

In order to complete this task, we have two methods and they are stated below

Now everyone searching for the free solution so let’s start with the manual method.

#Method 1: Manual Method to Save an Attachment from PST File in Mac Machine

To complete the process manually users, have to go through the two-phase process. In the first step, users have to import the PST file to Mac Outlook. And in the second step, they have to download attachments from the imported PST file.

Step 1 Import PST File to Mac Outlook

Here are the steps to import your PST file on Mac Outlook

  • First, open Outlook for Mac on your Mac machine
  • Click on the File menu option
  • Select the import option
  • Now, select Outlook Data File (.pst or.olm) and click on the right arrow
  • Choose Outlook for windows data file (.pst) option
  • Browse the PST data file on your computer and then select the import button
  • Wait till the import process is done the imported PST item will appear in the navigation pane under On My Computer

Note: When you import your PST file into Mac Outlook then the file has been converted into the OLM file format which is the Mac Outlook data file.

Step 2: Download Attachment from Mac Outlook

  • Open Mac Outlook once again.
  • Now, go to the recently imported PST files which appear under On My Computer option.
  • Select the message that contains attachments which you want to download
  • After that, go to the message option.
  • Now, choose the attachment and click on the download all option.
  • Select the destination location to save the resultant file. Then choose the Change option to save the attachments.

The Downside of the Manual Method

The manual method is not a worthy approach because there are lots of downside such as:

  • When you import your PST file into Mac Outlook then the format of the PST file is changed to OLM and will not able to export it back as PST.
  • It contains so many steps that make the overall process very complicated and long-winded.
  • Sometimes you can lose PST file attributes and file structure which leads to a data loss scenario.

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#Method 2: Automated Solution to Download Attachments from PST Files in Mac

No one wants to lose their important and confidential data. So, do not waste your time on the free method and switch to professional technique to download attachments from PST files in Mac. The software Mac Outlook Attachments Extractor is a tool that is acclaimed for its accuracy during the Outlook attachments extraction process.

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This tool is capable to export Attachments from Outlook OLM, OLK, and orphan PST files. Also, it designed by the best technocrats with features like date filters, size, and extension filters. The tool is effective enough to save attachments from the mail, calendars, and contacts.

Working steps of the tool

Step 1: Download the software on your Mac machine.

Step 2: After installation completed launch the software and choose Let me Browser option.

Step 3: Now, click on the Add Files or Add Folder to add PST files.

Step 4: Choose Maintain Folder Hierarchy option.

Step 5: Click on the Advance Filters option and choose mailbox categories.

Step 6: Now, select the destination location and click on the Extract button to start the extraction process.


Due to technology updates, the user requirements now change and increase. Therefore, after considering the requirement of the users in this blog we have discussed manual as well as an automated solution on how to download attachments from PST files in Mac.