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How to download all mail in Claws-mail

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With Claws-mail, I want to be able to read all my mail even if offline, but the only way I know to download mail contents is by manually selecting it in the mail list. Additionally, navigating feels a bit sluggish because, as the manual says:

When using IMAP your folder list and your emails are all kept on a central server. This slows down navigation a little as each mail is downloaded on demand (...)

How can I download all my mail at once?

I inspected the preferences and preferences for current account under the configuration menu, but found nothing appropriate.

Message > receive > get from current account retrieves the headers of new messages in order to populate the inbox (or any other) folder, but message contents are not downloaded that way — just like Claws-mail does at initialization.

A solution would be to individually select each of the available mail when online, but of course it's not practical.

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The correct way to do this is to run an IMAP syncing program automatically, to keep a mirror of all your email on your local machine. Then you point Claws at the local machine, not at the remote IMAP server. As a bonus, any local mail client will be able to look at the local email spool.

Syncing tools include offlineimap, mailsync, isync, getmail6, and a bunch of others.

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Right-click the folder whose mail you want to download and click download messages in the context menu. This is absent from the manual (I suppose one is expected to discover it in the GUI) and there does not seem to be a way to do that for all folders in a single action, but it is good enough.

An alternative is to use the menu File > Export to mbox file.

MBox

A mailbox format in which all mail is concatenated and stored in a single file. The mbox format supported by Claws Mail is mboxrd.

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