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"
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/'
Sample Output
Contact Name - Email Subject
Contact Name2 - Email Subject2
(...)

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Mac version works well too in i386 ;)
willemijns · 576 weeks and 1 day ago
shows only the first "from" name if there are multiple unread emails in a thread...
sitaram · 576 weeks and 1 day ago
Awesome command - have now added a wrapper function to my .bashrc
root · 576 weeks ago
add /important to the atom feed url to only get your priority inbox
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Here they have shared the code that has to check the Gmail atom feed of an account. What we have to do is parse and this results in getting a list of unread messages. Due to certain reasons, we get stuck on OS X so here they have provided the pearl version of the Mac which will be useful for you Plant-Based Food Delivery Vancouver
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