isync is a command line application which synchronizes mailboxes; currently Maildir and IMAP4 mailboxes are supported. New messages, message deletions and flag changes can be propagated both ways.
Synchronization is based on unique message identifiers (UIDs), so no identification conflicts can occur (as opposed to some other mail synchronizers). Synchronization state is kept in one local text file per mailbox pair; multiple replicas of a mailbox can be maintained.
AUR.AUR can be installed from the
- Fine-grained selection of synchronization operations to perform
- Synchronizes single mailboxes or entire mailbox collections
- Partial mirrors possible: keep only the latest messages locally
- Trash functionality: backup messages before removing them
- IMAP features:
- Security: supports TLS/SSL via imaps: (port 993) and STARTTLS; CRAM-MD5 for authentication
- Supports NAMESPACE for simplified configuration
- Pipelining for maximum speed (currently only partially implemented)
The configuration file is mandatory; mbsync will not run without it.
IMAPAccount gmail # Address to connect to Host imap.gmail.com User firstname.lastname@example.org Pass *************** # Use SSL UseIMAPS yes # the first two have to be manually retrieved, use: # "openssl s_client -connect imap.gmail.com:993 -showcerts 2>&1 < /dev/null | sed -ne '/-BEGIN CERTIFICATE-/,/-END CERTIFICATE-/p' | sed -ne '1,/-END CERTIFICATE-/p' > ~/.mail/gmail.crt" # and "$ openssl s_client -connect imap.gmail.com:993 -showcerts 2>&1 < /dev/null | sed -ne '/-BEGIN CERTIFICATE-/,/-END CERTIFICATE-/p' | tac | sed -ne '1,/-BEGIN CERTIFICATE-/p' | tac > ~/.mail/google.crt" CertificateFile ~/.mail/gmail.crt CertificateFile ~/.mail/google.crt # provided by ca-certificates CertificateFile /usr/share/ca-certificates/mozilla/Equifax_Secure_CA.crt IMAPStore gmail-remote Account gmail MaildirStore gmail-local # The trailing "/" is important Path ~/.mail/gmail/ Inbox ~/.mail/gmail/Inbox Channel gmail Master :gmail-remote: Slave :gmail-local: # Exclude everything under the internal [Gmail] folder, except the interesting folders Patterns * ![Gmail]* “[Gmail]/Sent Mail” “[Gmail]/Starred” “[Gmail]/All Mail” # include everything #Patterns * # Automatically create missing mailboxes, both locally and on the server Create Both # Save the synchronization state files in the relevant directory SyncState *
First make any folders that were specified as Maildirs.
$ mkdir -p ~/.mail/gmail
Then to retrieve the mail for a specific channel run:
$ mbsync gmail
or to retrive the mail for all channels:
$ mbsync -a