How to move all your messages to a new gmail account via your mac

Got Your Back (GYB) is a command line tool for backing up your Gmail messages to your local computer. It uses the standard IMAP protocol but also takes advantage of some custom Gmail IMAP extensions.

Here’s how I used it to move all my email messages from one gmail account to another one.

Download it from here:

https://github.com/jay0lee/got-your-back

Put it in your home folder in a filder called gyb.

From terminal:

cd ~/gyb

python gyb.py --email wayne@dubbo.org --action estimate

tells you what it will do

python gyb.py --email wayne@dubbo.org --action backup

backs it all up, mine took 8GB

 

python gyb.py --email wayneconnor@dubbo.org --action restore --local-folder GYB-GMail-Backup-wayne@dubbo.org --label-restored "old"

restores it from backup to a different google account  and puts a label on it all called ‘old’

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