I receive mail every day with some attachments and I want to download those attachments automatically when they arrive to my mail box. Is that possible? and if yes, how?

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    What email program do you use? Microsoft Outlook automatically does this. Thunderbird too.
    – LPChip
    Mar 3, 2017 at 7:44
  • I use a couple of different IFTTT applets to save certain files to my Google Drive. Since I also use the Google Drive sync client, the files are automatically downloaded to my hard drive.
    – ale
    Mar 3, 2017 at 19:04
  • I'm sorry, without knowing what mail client you use, we can't provide a useful answer. Could you please edit your question with all relevant details? Note that if you just use the web client, your question should go on Web Applications.
    – Ben N
    Mar 6, 2017 at 19:54

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You can use the Save Gmail addon for Google Sheets. It runs as a background trigger that connects to Gmail in the background and automatically downloads the email attachments to Google Drive.

You can install the Google Drive client on your Windows PC / Mac and the drive file will instantly become available on your local disk.

(disclosure: I am the author of the Google addon)

  • After testing, Amit's solution is limited with the free version and the upgrade is $29 per year. Jan 28, 2020 at 6:56

I wrote an app called Unattach, which allows you to easily download Gmail attachments in bulk, and optionally remove them. It currently doesn't have a mode to run at a regular interval, but that could be added quite easily if needed.