EML, E-Mail Message (.eml)

The EML Document file format

EML is the preferred format for e-mail messages saved by e-mail programs like Microsoft Outlook or Mozilla Thunderbird. It can also contain email attachments or files sent via e-mail. EML files are prone to be infected with viruses and other malware. Thus, EML files should be carefully scanned before opening. Note: .EML files with "funny" names in multiple folders implies the Nimda worm.

Technical details of EML files

EML files are usually plain text files. They contain, next to the body or message of the e-mail, the e-mail header and attached links. Hyperlinks and link attachments can be contained in the EML file as well. EML files are commonly known to be associated with the Nimda virus. Files with obscure names that bear the EML file extension, occurring in multiple folders, are an indication of a Nimda infected computer.

More information about the EML file format

File extension .eml
File category Document
Example file Download example.eml file
Associated programs Microsoft Outlook Express, 2016
Microsoft Internet Explorer
Microsoft Windows Live Mail
Apple Mail
Mozilla Thunderbird
Mozilla SeaMonkey
BitDaddys emlOpenViewFree
Encryptomatic Message Viewer Lite
Novell GroupWise
Perion IncrediMail
Useful links Information on EML files
Developer Microsoft
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