[Dovecot] dovecot as gmail imap proxy

Alexander Prinsier aphexer at mailhaven.com
Tue Jun 17 18:13:32 EEST 2008

To have a speed increase, dovecot needs direct access to the emails. So
you'll need them stored locally. You can't use it as a proxy, just to
speed up things, because dovecot would just need to wait for gmail too,
to load an email (except if dovecot would cache the emails, but then
again, it's just a cache, and you're talking about 'critical applications').

I'm not sure, but I don't think there's even a way to run dovecot as a

Why don't you forward mail from your gmail account to your own server?
That's so much easier and more common. You get the benefit of good
filtering, and you have your own server to access your mail. If your own
server goes down, you still have gmail as backup.


Farkas Levente wrote:
> hi,
> may be this is a bit of topic, but i hope not. it's always a big
> question which is the better to choose a hosting provider to keep and
> manage you mail or setup your own mail server, hosting, virus and spam
> filter etc.. now as more and more people and company move to gmail or
> google apps mail service it seems google can't handle the load and it's
> getting more and more slower. what's more not just the imap interface
> but nowadays the web interface used to be hang or even stop working.
> it's getting more and more annoying that the speed is worst than in a 10
> years ago. i thing about how can this be solved without totally give up
> gmail as a mail service provider (and may be they can solve it in a few
> months/years:-).
> would it be possible to create a dovecot server as an imap proxy for
> gmail and google apps?
> imho many people/company would be love to use such a setup where he can
> use gmail in vacation or any other time, but when the email is real
> critical apps (not acceptable to wait 1 minutes for an email to load or
> to open a folder/label) than he can use a proxy server eg. dovecot which
> act as a imap proxy to gmail and can be hosted on closer, faster server
> and this speed problem never happend. what's more it can be used as a
> mail backup server too.
> anybody has any such setup, idea? would it be possible with dovecot.
> any other suggestion?
> yours.

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