We want to export a single email folder for a colleague to work on from a Gmail account that ideally we'd like to export as Excel or similar.

I know that you can download entire inboxes with IMAP/Thunderbird, etc. but is there a way of selecting a single file?

  • Spam? Just being helpful I suppose... No good for Linux users, this expensive product only works for the Windows empire. Let's face it, this should be a free feature of gmail, if the gmail dev team weren't such wkers (workers, that is). (Hi, there, wkers!-) Otherwise use thunderbird, it seems to be easy enough: http://pietro.open-lab.com/2011/10/26/how-to-export-e-mails-from-a-gmail-label/
    – user33748
    Jan 29 '13 at 15:08
  • Gmail uses labels, not folders. It's an important distinction.
    – ale
    Feb 23 '17 at 13:47

UPDATE 17.01.2019:

The application and website no longer exist, the answer is thereby sadly no longer valid. (Archive link to website)

MailExporter allows you to export a single folder or a single email message to excel and other formats, either as single files (eml, pdf, rtf, etc.) or when exporting to excel, the email metadata (from, to, subject, body, etc).


(Disclaimer, I am the author of MailExporter)

  • This really works solidly - a real program - unlike CloudQH, IFTTT, and others, which just - don't. Thank you very much for the heads up. Jul 4 '13 at 11:02
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    Link goes to a non-existent page. Looks like the app is gone.
    – ale
    Feb 23 '17 at 13:46

You should try GrexIt (http://grexit.com) - it lets you share a Gmail label with any other Gmail or Google Apps user. Very easy to setup, and works completely off IMAP. There's a free plan, and a 30 day free trial for all paid plans.

Disclosure: I'm the Founder of GrexIt.


A beautiful method has been explained here. You can try that. Export Email from Gmail

  • please provide more information
    – user53056
    Mar 26 '13 at 5:30
  • It's worth noting that it costs for the "export by tag" option. Aug 30 '16 at 8:32

Go to https://takeout.google.com/settings/takeout

  1. Deselect all.
  2. Scroll down the list to Select Mail.
  3. In the sub option, 'All Mail' is selected by default. Select only the required label/folder.
  4. Proceed to next step.
  5. Create Export.

The resulting zip file will contain your emails in a MBOK file, which you can open with any text editor such as Notepad++.

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