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Set up Goldmine with Google Mail

Has your company switched to Google Apps and you’re wondering how to get your emails in Goldmine? It’s actually quite easy. (I say Google Apps, but this will work for personal use Gmail as well as Google Apps Mail).

First you need to enable IMAP on your Google Mail account (if it isn’t already). In Google Mail go to Settings. Then click the Forwarding and POP/IMAP tab> Check the radio button to enable IMAP.

Now set up Goldmine to connect to GMail. In Goldmine go to Tools> User settings> Preferences> Email. In the Getting mail section set the server to IMAP and enter address imap.gmail.com. Username is your email address, password is your password. Check the ‘Use encrypted connection (SSL)’ box.

In the Sending Mail section the SMTP server is smtp.gmail.com, return address is your email address. Again, check the ‘Use encrypted connection (SSL)’ box.


Update 16.08.10:

I think Google have made security on their servers a bit tighter. Follow these extra steps to get things working:

On the Email settings tab, click the Accounts button. Select the account in the list and click Edit.
Change the Getting Mail port to 993.
In the Sending Mail section, enter your email address as the username and enter your password. For authentication, select Auto. Check Use Start TLS. Make sure the port number is 587.
That should work.
  1. Kris
    September 12th, 2010 at 18:42 | #1

    Hey Dan,
    Thanks for sharing this info! Wanted to ask – what version of Goldmine are you using?
    We’re on 8.X and there’s no native support for IMAP or SSL.

  2. September 13th, 2010 at 08:53 | #2

    Hi Kris,
    We’re now on 9 but we were on 8.5 when I first set this up. I guess 8.5 must be the first release to include IMAP and SSL if 8.0 doesn’t have it.
    Do you have a maintenance contract that gives you updates free? It’s an easy upgrade process.

  3. Dan McKenzie
    March 1st, 2011 at 20:35 | #3

    All these things you said do, i have done. Goldmine sends and retrieves the messages fine, but they do not sync the data. Items deleted in Gmail do not delete in goldmine and vice Versa. Not sure what I am missing. I do have Goldmine Dec 2009

  4. May 25th, 2011 at 10:20 | #4

    You sure you’ve set it up as IMAP? Sounds like you’re using POP if things aren’t syncing.

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