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Is it possible to read an IMAP email address via my Gmail account?

According to the docs I have found they only seem to support reading of POP3, but I find that a bit weird?

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You're not the only one who wants that. Way back when Google launched IMAP to access Gmail people have been clamoring to have Gmail as an IMAP client. Like this one: googlesystem.blogspot.com/2007/10/… – Al E. Aug 27 '10 at 15:03
Is this for a one-time import, or for continuous sync? – Michael Haren Aug 27 '10 at 17:19
@grm: if the school's mail only supports pop, why do you need IMAP support? – Senseful Oct 4 '10 at 20:49
@Senseful sorry, type. Only supports IMAP it should have been. – grm Oct 4 '10 at 21:10
@grm: I updated the question to hopefully make it clearer. From what I understand, this is about reading an IMAP email address via Gmail's interface, and not importing (which usually means a one-time thing). – Senseful Oct 4 '10 at 21:37
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You're going to have to work around this a little bit yourself. What you will need is a daemon or frequently run job that fires off something like fetchmail which is configured to login to your imap account, suck off your mail and either forward it to your gmail address or manually deliver it into another imap account (again, your gmail box).

This will need to run from somewhere consistently in order for you to have your mail up to date, but it doesn't have to be the box you check your mail from. You will be able to use your gmail from anywhere as usual as long as that fetchmail or similar is running somewhere acting as that little tunnel porting mail from one place to the other.

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as of 2015, the feature is still not in gmail – Hugo Gresse Jun 26 '15 at 9:43
the fetchmail link also doesn't work anymore – Zoheir Jul 28 '15 at 2:56

If you just want to dump a lot of mail into gmail initially, there are a lot of tools out there to help with that.

One approach:

  1. open up an email client like Thunderbird
  2. add both gmail and your other account as IMAP accounts
  3. drag and drop all the mail from your other account into gmail

Of course if you really want this to happen continuously, pop3 is your only option right now. Many imap providers also support pop3, though, so you could consider that.

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Thanks Michael, but this doesn't solve my problem. – grm Oct 4 '10 at 19:49

You can use a browser plugin (with GreaseMonley) to fetch pop3 email every 8 minutes.

See http://www.danielslaughter.com/projects/gmail-pop3-checker-for-greasemonkey/#install

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this site has an imapcopy tool that you'd have to setup to run on your own server somewhere. Otherwise all you can do is go to Suggest a Feature and go down to "I have another idea" to submit a request.

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As of 2013, this highly desirable feature is still not available in GMail. :( I know that is not the answer you wanted to hear. ): @Brad_Mace, oddly, when I go to Google's Feature Suggestion page via your link, there is no "I have another idea" link. Hmm. As if they are tired of hearing about potential improvements. – Jesse Chisholm Aug 4 '13 at 19:44

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