Monday, April 28, 2008

Migrating (moving) mail from Yahoo! Mail to Gmail

Wow, so I just discovered this open source tool called YPOPs! that magically gives you POP3 access to Yahoo! Mail. How does it do it? From the web site:
YPOPs! is an application which emulates a POP3/SMTP mail server and provides free POP3 and SMTP access to Yahoo! Mail. It does not depend on Yahoo's POP3/SMTP mail server. You can use a mail client of your choice!
I only stumbled across this tool because I was trolling through my old Yahoo! Mail account and noticed that I had some things in there worth preserving (i.e., moving to my Gmail account), so I decided to give it a try.

Long story short? Piece of cake. I took all my mail and transferred it over to my Gmail account. Even my sent mail, which at first seemed impossible because the program doesn't offer to download mail from your sent folder. However, simply by creating a user-defined folder called "MySentMail" and then moving all messages from the Sent folder into your MySentMail folder, you can then add that MySentMail folder to the download list within YPOPs! and then transfer it over to Gmail.

A big thank you to the developers of this useful little tool:
  • Brian Gunlogson: UIDL patch, bug fixes
  • Leif Jensen: UIDL patch, bug fixes
  • Yogesh Khatri: Patches, bug fixes and new features
  • Ssergey: For the translation of the help file to Russian
  • Last but not the least, all the people who have provided their inputs for the help file.