Horcrux lets you automatically backup your mails from any IMAP supported email accounts with great ease. The best part is, you have an option to restore the backed up emails to any other email account, retaining all your tags/folder hierarchy.

"Horcrux is handy since you don't actually have to think about it when it's running" - Lifehacker

Note: This is a background app, it resides on the Mac menu bar called "H". Click on that to get back to the preferences.

- Tested with iCloud, Gmail, Google Apps, Microsoft Exchange, GMX, DomainFactory. It should work on most email accounts.
- Incremental backups
- Automated backups at multiple locations (server and local) using the Hooks functionality.
- Supports multiple email accounts
- Add the accounts, set the backup frequency and it'll unobtrusively backup emails in the background
- Native Email Browsing interface where you can undelete specific emails (in case of user error)
- Independent IMAP Server to Server migration utility
- Clever restore process that'll skip already existing emails
- Stores emails in open format (.eml) which can be opened in clients like Apple Mail
- Can export emails in open format as .mbox
- The backups can be offline and moved around to different computers.

Please feel free to contact us in case of any problems

Note: Google, Microsoft, GMX, DomainFactory are trademarks of their respective owners.

What’s New

Version 4.1.23

- Fix handling of mbox files. Thanks Bernhard!

Ratings and Reviews

3.3 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

JamiesonC ,

Great if you don't have a lot of email

I'm trying to use Horcrux to backup Gmail for my wife and myself. It works great on my wife's account. On my account, however, it takes multiple days and multiple attempts and still doesn't succeed. Yes, I have a lot of email, 3GB , but software that advertises itself as an email backup software should be able to handle that.

drp-anv ,

Great little application; very good support

I’ve used this application to backup IMAP, Exchange and Gmail accounts for several years.

It works very well, and allows easy access to the archives it creates.

When I have had problems, the developer has been very responsive - asking daily questions about my setup and suggesting ways to fix the problems I was having.

Different mailboxes have different problems, and several times the app has been updated to address crashes or hangups that I have experienced.

This is an awesome application, and the support is excellent.

Richard Hertz ,

Unexpected Crash with No Warning or Reason

Decided to purchase this software after reading various reviews of mail archiving software.

I’ve attempted to run it on one of my email accounts. It crashes after 10-20 minutes, the app closes and there are no logs or other way to determine what’s wrong.

This indicates this isn’t really “finished” software. I object to paying YOU to beta test YOUR software. I’ll be asking for a refund from Apple.


Suhas Sharma
6.7 MB

OS X 10.9 or later, 64-bit processor


English, German

Age Rating
Rated 4+
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