Backup Gmail Account on your computer | Gmvault – Open source Gmail Backup tool

Gmail is probably the most widely used e-mail provider between creative people. It is always simplistic, modern & always works.

As expected, the content there is valuable & hard to risk losing. Gmvault is an open source tool that saves the day by backing up Gmail accounts to your drive smartly.

Gmvault Gmail Backup

Liberate your emails and never lose that part of your life.


Backup all your emails on disk.

Use the full sync mode to backup your entire gmail account in a unique directory. Your email backup repository can then be easily tar and moved from one machine to the other.

Update your backup in minutes.

Gmvault can run a quick sync mode regularly (ie. every day) to keep your backup up to date.

Restore emails in any Gmail acc.

With the restore command Gmvault can recreate your gmail mailboxes in any Gmail account. All attributes such as Gmail labels are preserved and recreated. With restore, you will recover your Gmail account exactly as it was.

Handle all Gmail IMAP hiccups.

Even being the world best ever email service, Gmail and especially its IMAP service is not without bugs. Gmvault handles all these issues to provide the smoothest experience to the user. Gmvault deals with the most common issues and always let the user with an uncorrupted email database.

Encrypt saved emails.

All the emails saved in your email repository can be protected with encryption. With this feature, you can put your backup emails on a cloud storage while protecting your information.

For geek and non-geek users.

Gmvault has been designed with users in mind and is stuffed with the most common defaults to work directly out of the box. In addition, a detailed tutorial and installation guide allow all types of users to make the most of Gmvault in seconds.

Available on many platforms.

Shell/batch client available on Linux, Mac OSX and Windows. A tailored installation has been created for Windows to allow a smooth installation for non-geek users.

Filesystem as a database.

No databases (SQL or NoSQL) are used to organise the emails storage. This makes all emails easily accessible and moveable. In addition manually deleting emails or emails’ directories does not prevent Gmvault from working.

Highly customisable.

With Gmvault, users can choose an email search request to pick-up a restricted set of emails to backup. The search request can use the IMAP or the GMail search dialect.