Mbox Mail for Mac on Lion Fix, works with Apple Mail 5

Step 1:
Download my fix file here: Download Link (Link Updated)

Step 2:
Turn OFF Mbox Mail for Mac. (If you don’t have the menu bar icon, go to “System Preference”)

Step 3:
Open the downloaded file and drag “mBoxMail” to “mBoxMail Folder”

Step 4:
Turn ON Mbox Mail for Mac


      1. Stacy

        I submitted a support ticket through Fluent Factory as well asking for assistance last week and still no response. I did notice there was an updated version on their website which I downloaded and ironically I’m having the same issue… very frustrated – have had to resort to POP with rules and local mailboxes – no joy!

      2. waltman

        License information can’t be written due to a rights problem. Follow the solution and your done. don’t forget the dot in steps 4 and 8.

        1. Stop and quit mBox
        2. Open Terminal
        3. cd /Library/Preferences
        4. sudo chmod 777 .
        5. sudo chmod 777 com.fluentfactory.MboxMail.plist
        6. Go to System Preferences and reregister. Quit and reenter to verify registration is persisted *
        7. Return to Terminal and make sure you;re in /Library/Preferences
        8. sudo chmod 755 .
        9. sudo chmod 644 com.fluentfactory.MboxMail.plist

  1. Alan

    The download links took me to Filesonic website, I clicked on the “slow download” button and it keeps coming back with an error message saying free users may only download one file at a time – I haven’t even started the download!

    Is there anywhere else this can be downloaded from?


  2. BlackMeister


    Happy Days!! Cant believe SW companies set up like MBox take money, then don’t do any updates. So Nicolas, thanks buddy!!!!

    Will donate, but was wondering who you were and what this (your) website actually is, the “About” page leaves no clues.

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  4. CSW

    I’m sure you’ve got the message by now from all the comments above, but anyways…
    Thank you so much! This is such an amazing fix which you made so simple to use! Just can’t say it enough. 🙂

    I was wondering if you would also have any advice for another minor problem I have: I have always had to restart Mail (i.e. fully quit and re-open) to refresh my Windows Live inbox. Is there any way to make it refresh using the in-app “get new messages” button?
    (Thanks again – you are awesome)

  5. Luis

    Thanks bro for the fix. Im having problems when getting new mail. I have my iPhone synced with hotmail using exchange, and when i receive an email i instantly receive a notification on the phone but not on the mac. When I clic “Get Mail’ on the mac nothing happens. It only works after I exit Mail and reopen it that it gets the new mail messages. Any thoughts.

  6. Praveen Sreekumar

    Thanks for the fix! Awesome job.. 🙂

    I’m having a small issue though. When replying to a thread, I’m seeing the reply twice in the conversation. The email is received only once though. So its not sending it twice, just showing up twice. 🙁 Anyone else having the same issue? Any fix/tips? Thanks in advance.

  7. Kymber

    I don’t know if I’m doing something wrong but the link about isn’t working for me. I double click the link and it takes me to a page that says ADF.LY. Then it says below it to click to continue. When I click it takes me to another page with this link: : shorten urls and earn money.
    Any idea what I can do to make this work? Once I did get it to download and it was a file that my computer couldn’t open.

  8. reseul

    Regarding the duplication of messages, it happened to me (before the Lion upgrade though).

    The way I fixed it was by unchecking the “store sent messages on the server” checkbox in the “mailbox behaviors” of the account properties (Mail->Preferences->Accounts->etc.)
    This way a copy is saved locally (that’s what you see in the “Sent” mailbox), and one is (I guess) saved by the server (and you see that in the account specific folder).
    Didn’t go into much detail to understand who saves where, but it was good enough for me.
    I also checked that the server itself keeps just one copy (by going through the web route).

  9. z

    Hi, I used this fix and i am still getting the the prompt to enter the password..I tied the following:
    1)using the original mboxmail file, i tired the replace AUTH=PLAIN with 10 spaces fix, but no luck, still asks for password
    2)tried your thunderbird alternative, still no luck. I keep getting the message “Enter your password for”

    Any suggestions?

    Thank you very much

  10. avigdor15

    hey, i downloaded the original file from fluentfactory, installed it, worked fine for a few days and then used your crack to extend the 30 days, i thought it worked, but apparently the 30 days have passed and it doesn’t work anymore…it says trial expired, so i tried waltman’s (see post above) idea, but no luck nether…i uninstalled mboxmail and its files from /Library/Preferences and /Library/Application Support/FluentFactory/ and reinstalled the original trial…and now it says connection fail (in red)…
    any ideas? i’d really appreciate your help! (i’m using lion 10.7.2)
    Please help me with that…

  11. MarkyBcus

    It appears that mBox mail added support for Lion in v1.0.6 and this fix is no longer necessary.

    Question Nicholas, I always get duplicate outgoing messages when using mBox Mail. Anybody else have this problem? I don’t have any weird rules or anything. I just always see 2 messages in my Sent folder for every 1 message I send. But in testing it, only one email ultimately goes out. Suggestions on a fix?


  12. marion groen in 't woud

    hi – this is Marion – Amsterdam – I have a problem with my hotmail since i have a mac-book. When i see mail is coming in in my messenger i always opened them by clicking on this new mail. since i have the mac – i have to re-enter my keyword to enter hotmail. by doing this messenger stops. they keep telling that i’m logged in to another pc, what i’m not.

    What can i do to fix this problem ? i re downloaded messenger, also changed password. It doesn.t help?
    who can help me?

  13. Marco

    Had it working for years , then clean install , and stopped working , just found a translation of chinese fix , try this , was on this site before but cannot find , google how to do each part (eg edit host, or edit plist, etc ) worked for me with Mountain Lion

    1 download and install mbox mail for mac 1.0.6 from
    2 add “” to / etc / host
    3 open / library / preference / com.fluentfactory.MboxMail.plist
    4 edit value of LicenseTrialDays to 3650
    5 open / Library / Application Support / FluentFactory / mBoxMail / mbox.dat with any Sqlite3 manager
    6 edit value of table-> properties-> c_date to many years later like 2050
    7 finished and enjoy!

  14. skip

    Please could someone give me clear instructions how to extend or override the trial period? My 30 day trial has ended. I´m not a techie so I need simple instructions please. The instructions by Marco seem good but how / what do i do? I mean where do I put the etc .

  15. Seargaca

    Since Mbox Mail is out of business (because the recent IMAP capability of Outlook) I want to completely unisntall the application but no longer have the original install/uninstall .dmg

    Can you instruct me to manually uninstall all the related files?

    I’ve moved to the Trash the App itself, but I still receive links to the .Live IMAP service in the Mail Preferences, and the link at the bottom of that dialog box.

    Thank you, in advance.

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