The Bottom Line
- Gmail Loader migrates your email messages to a Gmail account
- Can transform mail you sent to come from your Gmail address in show up in "Sent Mail"
- Gmail Loader supports the widely used mbox and maildir formats plus a few more
- Gmail Loader usually requires you to export and convert your mail to an mbox format file
- Does not recognize and handle mail from your address automatically
- You cannot have Gmail Loader archive uploaded messages automatically
- Gmail Loader uploads existing mail to a Gmail account.
- Messages forwarded by Gmail Loader either go to Gmail's "Inbox" or to "Sent Mail".
- Gmail Loader also changes the From: address of mail you sent to your Gmail address.
- Formats supported by Gmail Loader: mbox, maildir, MH, MMDF and Babyl.
- Gmail Loader supports Windows, Linux, Mac OS X and others with Python and Python Mega Widgets.
Guide Review - Gmail Loader 0.5
The messages just need to be in Gmail, and that's also the big Achilles' Heel for what good is an email search if it does not search all your mail?
Although Gmail itself lacks an email import feature, you can still move your old mail to your Gmail account with relative ease and comfort. Gmail Loader takes messages in a mbox file (maildir and a few other common Unix mail formats are also supported) and moves them to any Gmail account.
You can even specify whether the messages you upload have been sent by you. If so, Gmail Loader will change the address in the From: line to your Gmail address and place a copy in Gmail's "Sent Mail" folder.
Unfortunately, you cannot tell Gmail Loader which address in the From: line are yours so it can do the conversion automatically. It is also a pity that Gmail Loader does not support more email clients natively. To import Outlook mail to Gmail, for example, you first have to import your mail to mbox-friendly email program such as Mozilla Thunderbird.
Since you have to go through the process only once, Gmail Loader is well worth it, though.