MacOSX Mail.App to GMail

I’ve been moving to GMail lately. The original reason was being out of the office fairly often these days, and a good webmail is very convenient. And GMail’s search-based features rock!

My mail archives are stored in my macosx’s Mail.App, and in recent versions Apple has moved away from the mbox format for storage, so the move is a bit more involved that I’d have liked it to be.

Here’s my recipe:

Start with the cosmicsoft emlx to mbox converter. I’d have preferred a command-line thing, tried Jamie Zawinski‘s emlx converter but the output format didn’t seem to be correct.

Next, add a marker in the subject lines, and setup a filter in GMail so that messages are marked with the correct GMail label. You don’t want thousands of old messages in your inbox.

sed s"/^Subject: /Subject: (whatevername-g) /"  mbox-with-markers

Finally, use Mark Lyon’s GMail Loader to forward the contents of the mbox to your GMail account.

It takes a while…but it’ll be useful to have everything there.

Is it safe? I trust Google more than myself about backups, for sure. And there’s no privacy in unencrypted email anyway, so I don’t care much about what they do with the data.

2 Responses to MacOSX Mail.App to GMail

  1. Helma says:

    only saw this now (thanks to Patrick), but what’s wrong with Thunderbird as mail app?

  2. Nothing wrong with Thunderbird, of course! It’s just that when I moved to MacOSX I tried to use the standard tools there, and Mail.App was good enough for me.

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