Gmail: Save an email to disk

Gmail save to diskWant to save a single email from gmail to disk, in a readable format for Outlook, Thunderbird or Apple Mail? Here’s how:

  1. Open your browser and log into your gmail account.
  2. Open the email you want to save.
  3. On the top-right, there is a little triangle next to the “Reply” button. Click that, and select “Show Original”.
  4. The original, raw email opens in a new window or tab.
  5. Right-click on this new window, and select “Save as…”.
  6. When saving the file, make sure the extension of the filename is “eml“. So for example “MyEmail.eml”.

All done. Now you dan open the file in Thunderbird, Outlook or whatever email viewer you have out there and see the original mail, in all it’s marked-up glory.


10 Responses to Gmail: Save an email to disk

  1. Sara says:

    Wow !Thank you so much for this method. I just got to know about it !

  2. Dinesh says:

    This was really useful, exactly what I needed. Thank you

  3. Tom says:

    Doesn’t work for me. But I can save as .html.

  4. Mike Maddux says:

    A very easy technique I just discovered. Click on the “Print” icon. Then in the print dialog, change the chosen printer to “Save as PDF”. Then click save and choose the folder you want to save in.

  5. Elano says:

    Perfecto! Awesome dude. Perfectly working.

  6. Sandra Diaz says:


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