Sunday, October 05, 2008

Geek to Live: Back up Gmail with fetchmail

I'll admit, I'm a Google fanatic. I use most of their services and I've been very happy with it.

It is easy however, to forget that the more I transition/create my digital life solely withing Google, I run the risk of major headache and heartache if they decide to make changes that are not in my favor. Or at a minimum, my email account is lost or unavailable. Neither of which has ever happened and I doubt it will... but it could.

The first thing that comes to mind is the importance of backup. I have learned (the hard way) just how important a good backup is and it seems only natural that we take our email just as serious.

One way to backup/archive your email would be to use a 'locally' installed email application like Thunderbird or Outlook. Turn on your POP3 or IMAP under the settings tab of your gmail and then configure your email client to download your email.

While I have not tried it yet, I ran across a product called Fetchmail which is an open source utility that will retrieve all email via POP3 from your email account.

Checkout this great 'how-to' from the great folks over at

Geek to Live: Back up Gmail with fetchmail


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