.OST File Extension
File TypeOutlook Offline Data File
This file is saved in a binary format, which requires a specific program to read its contents.
What is an OST file?
An OST file is a data file created by Microsoft Outlook (2005 or later), an email client and personal information manager. It is used to store a copy of mailbox information from an Office 365, Exchange, or Outlook.com account. OST files may contain email messages, contacts, tasks, calendar data, and other account information.
OST files are stored on the local computer of a user, which allows the user to access his emails and other mailbox information when he does not have Internet access. The user can look up and create appointments, search or add contacts, and read and write emails when offline. However, any changes made offline will not be synchronized with the user account on the server until an Internet connection is re-established.
An OST file is created when the "Use Offline Folders" option is selected in Outlook. The file will be located in the following directory:
You can also navigate to the location of the OST file by selecting, clicking , selecting the tab, clicking an entry, and then selecting .
NOTE: The OST file is similar to a Personal Folder (.PST) File, but is only used for storing offline data.