Free Methods to Open PST File Without Outlook

Manisha Rawat    Manisha Rawat     Updated On - 01 Jul 2019

It happens many times that we want to open and access a PST file but don’t have MS Outlook installed. In this scenario, opening that PST becomes a challenge. Now, you might be thinking that why someone would want to open a PST without Outlook. Well, there are many circumstances where a person might need to open a PST without Outlook, for example; you are not using your system and do not want to install and setup Outlook, your subscription has expired and you don’t want to have it again, you want to share PST information with someone who is not having Outlook, or any other reason.

In such circumstances, the only way possible to open that PST is to convert it into an accessible format. This blog covers a few ways with the help of which you can open a PST without Outlook. However, some of these methods require that the person who shares the PST file share it in a format other than PST. Let’s try them:

Try Converting Emails of PST file to TXT

If you want to send a PST file to someone who doesn’t have Outlook installed on their system, then you can try converting it to TXT format and send it to the concerned person. In TXT format, that person can easily access the content inside it. To convert a PST to TXT, follow the below-mentioned steps.

  1. Open Outlook and select an email that you want to convert in TXT format.
  2. After selecting the email, click on the File at the top of the screen.
  3. From the menu, select Save as button and select TXT as the saving format.
  4. Save the file and locate it on the drive; and now you can send it to anyone who wants to open it without Outlook.

Try Converting Emails of PST file to HTML Format

Well, here is again a method where we are trying to convert a PST email to HTML format. Even in this method, we are going to open Outlook, select the desired Email and then click on File option, select Save as and save the file in HTML format by selecting HTML as the desired format. Now, you can share this HTML file with any person who has no access to Outlook.

Migrate PST to Gmail

The next method is to migrate the PST emails to Gmail. Gmail is the most famous email client which can be accessed easily from anywhere. For this, you can use Google App Migration tool from Google. This tool helps to import PST files to Gmail without any interruption, or you can go for a third-party tool like Kernel for Outlook PST Repair. Both of these methods can provide you the same results, however, with Kernel for Outlook PST Repair you can perform other actions too, like repair corrupt Outlook PST files, PST migration, converting to different formats, etc.

Try Kernel for Outlook PST Viewer

If you need a better and easier method than the above ones, then you need to go for a third-party solution for PST viewing. Kernel for Outlook PST Viewer is an automated PST Viewer tool that can open a PST file on your system without Outlook. If you want to open a PST with this tool, then you need to have this software on your system. You can download it from the website and install it by following a few easy steps. For the rest of the process, follow below-mentioned steps.

  1. Start with clicking on the Browse button to select the PST.
  2. Select the PST to view and click on the Open button.
  3. Click on the Next button to proceed forward.
  4. Once the scanning is done, select the particular folder, and click on the files individually to open them in the screen.


So, this is how you can view a PST file with Kernel for Outlook PST Viewer without having Outlook, and that too in no time.