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Check your unread Gmail from the command line

Terminal - Check your unread Gmail from the command line
curl -u username:password --silent "https://mail.google.com/mail/feed/atom" | tr -d '\n' | awk -F '<entry>' '{for (i=2; i<=NF; i++) {print $i}}' | sed -n "s/<title>\(.*\)<\/title.*name>\(.*\)<\/name>.*/\2 - \1/p"
2009-09-07 21:56:40
User: postrational
Functions: awk sed tr
43
Check your unread Gmail from the command line

Checks the Gmail ATOM feed for your account, parses it and outputs a list of unread messages.

For some reason sed gets stuck on OS X, so here's a Perl version for the Mac:

curl -u username:password --silent "https://mail.google.com/mail/feed/atom" | tr -d '\n' | awk -F '<entry>' '{for (i=2; i<=NF; i++) {print $i}}' | perl -pe 's/^<title>(.*)<\/title>.*<name>(.*)<\/name>.*$/$2 - $1/'

If you want to see the name of the last person, who added a message to the conversation, change the greediness of the operators like this:

curl -u username:password --silent "https://mail.google.com/mail/feed/atom" | tr -d '\n' | awk -F '<entry>' '{for (i=2; i<=NF; i++) {print $i}}' | perl -pe 's/^<title>(.*)<\/title>.*?<name>(.*?)<\/name>.*$/$2 - $1/'

Alternatives

There are 3 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
curl -u username --silent "https://mail.google.com/mail/feed/atom" | perl -ne 'print "\t" if /<name>/; print "$2\n" if /<(title|name)>(.*)<\/\1>/;'
2009-09-08 06:53:39
User: sitaram
Functions: perl
100

notice what happens when there is more than one unread message in a thread...

also people please dont hardcode the password when you use curl. Leave it out and curl will ask you when it runs. Please...?

curl -u username --silent "https://mail.google.com/mail/feed/atom" | awk 'BEGIN{FS="\n";RS="(</entry>\n)?<entry>"}NR!=1{print "\033[1;31m"$9"\033[0;32m ("$10")\033[0m:\t\033[1;33m"$2"\033[0m"}' | sed -e 's,<[^>]*>,,g' | column -t -s $'\t'
2011-10-15 23:15:52
User: frntn
Functions: awk column sed
3

Just an alternative with more advanced formating for readability purpose. It now uses colors (too much for me but it's a kind of proof-of-concept), and adjust columns.

mtr www.google.com

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What others think

Mac version works well too in i386 ;)

Comment by willemijns 307 weeks and 5 days ago

shows only the first "from" name if there are multiple unread emails in a thread...

Comment by sitaram 307 weeks and 5 days ago

Awesome command - have now added a wrapper function to my .bashrc

Comment by root 307 weeks and 5 days ago

add /important to the atom feed url to only get your priority inbox

Comment by drewpearce 230 weeks and 4 days ago

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