How Do You Save All the Emails in Your Gmail Account Locally?

Problem scenario
You want all the emails in your gmail account to be saved. You want the text of the messages searchable, and you want to save the attachments. How do you do this?


  1. Export your messages to an .mbox format. Refer to the "email" option here:
  2. Install Thunderbird.
  3. Install the ImportExportTool NG add-on in Thunderbird. If you need assistance, see this posting.
  4. Import the .mbox file.
  5. Create a folder for the files.
  6. Highlight all the emails once you see them. Right click on a highlighted portion, and go to "Save Selected Messages" -> "HTML Formats with attachments". Then choose the folder created in step #5.
  7. You are done.

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