#338 new
Mika Raunio

Option to download attachments only on request

Reported by Mika Raunio | February 1st, 2013 @ 01:05 PM

I'd like to see an option to only download message attachment parts from the server if and when you choose to open or download them. This could be a global setting, or possibly per mailbox.

I feel this would be especially valuable to users migrating to Mailmate from other clients. For example, I have gigabytes of attachments in messages in just my Sent folder on the server. Having Mailmate duplicate all those old attachments locally server no practical purpose, but wastes a lot of disk space.

This would also considerably speed up fetching new messages.

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  • Greg Brown

    Greg Brown April 19th, 2013 @ 11:40 PM


    I'm trying out mailmate and my gmail inbox has thus far been synchonising for two days, with no end in sight. Would be great to have a setting for this per account.

    Love the app so far!

  • benny

    benny April 20th, 2013 @ 07:27 AM

    • State changed from “new” to “accepted”

    Thanks for trying out MailMate.

    Note that Gmail throttles the traffic and therefore you are probably synchronizing very slowly now. It may be better to take the account offline for a few hours (24 hours?) and then see if you get back to full speed. The Activity Viewer (⌥⌘0) can be used to see if the connection is throttled. Here is Googles explanation.

    Even if attachments were not fetched then the above might still be a problem (although for a shorter time). But I do have this feature on the ToDo although currently far from the top.

  • Michael Henneton

    Michael Henneton October 25th, 2016 @ 10:56 PM

    +1 The lack of this option just ruined my extra 500 MB Europe LTE/4G Plan !!

    I really really need a "download attachment on request only" feature.

    Please Benny, put this feature on the top 5 of your ToDo ;)

    Kind Regards,

  • benny

    benny October 27th, 2016 @ 09:59 AM

    @Michael: Sorry about the “loss” of mobile data. It's unfortunately not a trivial feature to implement. In addition to that it's not unlikely that I would have to fight a (new) range of IMAP server bugs since it would also require using IMAP API that I'm not currently using. In other words, this is still far from the top of my list :|

    Note that you can unsubscribe some of your mailboxes if that's a viable workaround (see “Edit Subscriptions” in the IMAP account editor window).

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