Solved GMail backup & restore - Thunderbird solution?

Advent / T9
August 22, 2013 at 08:02:50
Specs: WinXP SP3, Pentium 4 HT / 1512Mb

Prior to closing my GMail account, I would like to be able to save every email in the account to an offline archive that will be stored on a hard drive or DVD. I would also like to be able to open this archive in future with an e-mail client, preferably Thunderbird.

Despite thinking this would be straightforward, I've only managed to confuse myself by reading more. Help please!

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August 22, 2013 at 08:22:28
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If you plan to use thunderbird then I would suggest the following:
1. Setup and install Thunderbird
2. Setup GMAIL account with IMAP to sync all your mail to the thunderbird client
3. Do a profile backup with MozBackup (
4. Rip that to CD/DVD/Flash drive

If you want something more universal for Outlook or others, use Gmail Backup ( It can stream all of your mail (each email in .eml format) from your gmail inbox to your local PC, from there you can burn it.

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August 25, 2013 at 18:28:32
Thanks very much, jpag - and "d'oh!" MozBackup has been on my machine for years but I'd only ever thought of it as a Firefox backup for bookmarks, add-ons settings, etc. That it's something I know how to work is even better.

Thanks again!

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