Google Groups is an online service provided by Google that allows people with shared interests or goals to communicate and collaborate in a group setting. It serves as a platform for discussions, email-based communication, file sharing, and organizing events within a group of individuals.
There are several reasons why you might consider using Google Groups:
- Communication and Collaboration
- Community Building
- Email Distribution
- Access Control and Privacy
- Integration with other Google Services
- Archiving and Searchability
What if you have an old Gmail mailbox and want to transfer all the content into a Google group? Let's solve it together.
Got Your Back (GYB) is a command line tool that backs up and restores your Gmail account. GYB also works with Google Workspace (formerly G Suite / Google Apps) accounts.
Mac and Linux Users:
Open a terminal and run:
bash <(curl -s -S -L https://git.io/gyb-install)
this will download GYB, install it and start setup. Follow the instructions and complete the setup.
gyb --email [email protected] --action backup
This command will create a directory and clone all the messages into it.
Google Workspace Setup
- Go to the Google Developers Console
- Select Yes and click "Agree and continue". It will take a moment for the project to be created.
- Click "Go to credentials"
- Click "New credentials" and choose "Service account key".
- Click "Select..." and choose "New service account".
- Give your service account a name like "GYB Service account".
- Keep JSON as the key type. Click "Create".
- Agree to create the service account without a role. Copy the client ID.
- Your browser will download a .json file. Save the file with the name oauth2service.json and put it in the same folder as gyb.py or gyb.exe.
- Go to Domain-wide Delegation in your Google Workspace Admin console
- Click "Add New".
- For Client ID, enter the Client ID from above.
- For API Scopes, enter exactly:
Click "Authorize". Now, your service account setup is complete.
gyb --local-folder [email protected] --action restore-group --use-admin [email protected] --service-account --email [email protected]
This command syncs your local backup into a specified Google Group.
In this article, we learned how to move the messages in your Gmail account to the Google group using GYB.
See you in the next article. 👻