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If I receive an email, where somebody has attached an .eml file, how do I view that in Gmail?

I'm presented with a link to "View as Text" or "Download". If I "View as Text", I get the raw view of the email as I'd get with "Show Original" of a normal mail, but I'd like to see the formatting, attachments, etc., of the attached mail.

What does work is to save the file as file.eml, and then open that file in Thunderbird. But I'd like to avoid needing Thunderbird...

This is the reverse of Sending a new mail with another email as an attachment in Gmail.

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This is a known issue with all of Google's services. They do not support the .eml or the less common .mht, both of which are known and established formats. In this case it has been (for years now) one area that all the others (Microsoft, Apple, Mozilla, and most of the rest of the community) are ahead of Google on. The only option, aside from convincing Google to support it, appears to be to either bear with the extra info and read it as a raw text file or to save it and open it with almost any other email client, such as Thunderbird or Outlook.

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Ironically, the Gmail client for Android displays them beautifully. So if you have an Android phone, just open the email there—and you don't even have to forward it. ;)

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I have found an online conversion site named Zamzar. It does convert your .eml files to any format (html, docx, pdf etc) and helps you read the complete email. No idea on the attachments yet.

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Or you can right click on the download and "save link as" and save it as .mht and open in IE. I have tried to open in Chrome and Firefox but they dont like it either.

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Thanks for your answer. Could be useful for some, but for me, IE isn't available here in Linux! ;-) –  Peter V. Mørch Nov 6 '13 at 8:58
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