Very nice app to import your emails to Gmail

In: Neat Stuff

19 Jun 2004

Mark Lyon has written Mbox & Maildir to Gmail Loader, or GML, which transfers emails in an mbox file into Gmail accounts. Mbox is the format Mozilla Mail and Mozilla Thunderbird uses, so if you use something like Outlook or Outlook Express, you’d have to export your emails into Mozilla Mail or Thunderbird first.

GML screenshot


Works nice enough, though it had some problems with emails containing attachments – those didn’t import properly and Gmail couldn’t parse the email, so were as good as lost. It is still good stuff because I can now archive my existing email accounts in Gmail (I do have 1 gig of space).

Of course, GML works by forwarding the emails from your mbox file to your Gmail account, so it neccessarily becomes a possible tool for spammers to bomb your Gmail account. Not that there aren’t generic email spambots in existence already.

Other similar applications include Pop Goes the Gmail and gmail.py. GTray also seems useful, but I can’t get the website to load at the moment.

2 Responses to Very nice app to import your emails to Gmail

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Dichotomy's Purgatory

June 20th, 2004 at 3am

Load Gmail with All of Your Old Email
mbox & maildir to gmail loader (via redemption in a blog)…

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Zootropo. Diario del mundo geek.

June 20th, 2004 at 7am

Importa tus correos a Gmail
Leo en Redeption in a blog sobre la existencia de una utilidad creada por Mark Lyon para transferir nuestro correo electrónico en formato mbox a Gmail. mbox es el formato utilizado por Mozilla Mail y Thunderbird, así que si utilizais otro cliente de …