When using the migration process, we have to copy the Airmail data from the Finder and therefore, there are chances that some part of it might get accidentally changed or removed resulting in the corruption of data. So, the backing up of data is recommended before migrating, to save such instances.

For macOS 10.13 (High Sierra) or later

If you’re moving to a new computer or planning to upgrade your disk then Airmail allows you to migrate your database from your old disk to a new disk or a new mac as well. Please follow the instructions below -

First of all, make sure that you have Airmail app installed on the second Mac and have launched the Airmail app at least once (you can quit the app by simply launching once and then quitting).

Open the Finder and then press ⇧⌘G (Shift-Command-G) and type in ~/Library/Group Containers/ and then copy the folder contents which contains 'Airmail' in the name of the folder as shown in the picture below.

Then, paste (replace the existing contents) them on the second Mac in the exact same folder (Library > Group > Containers > the folder with 'Airmail' name).

This will result in the same data of both the Mac devices.

For macOS/OS X versions older than 10.13 - upto 10.12 (Sierra)

If you’re moving to a new computer or planning to upgrade your disk then Airmail allows you to migrate your database from your old disk to a new disk or a new mac as well, just simply copy your data from Container folders from the following path:

Simply press ⇧⌘G (Shift-Command-G) and you’ll notice a popup like below.

Go to following path: ~/Library/Containers/it.bloop.airmail2

Once you found the file from Containers folder please enclose back to Containers and search for it.bloop.airmail folder within Containers copy the whole it.bloop.airmail to new hard drive

Copy to following path: ~/Library/Containers/ and this will result in identical data of Airmail on the second Mac.

What happens to all the passwords?

Good question 😄

There are two ways of saving your passwords to the new device.

  1. The recommended way of entering the passwords - You can manually retype them in Airmail Preferences > Accounts > Select an account > User.

    For Gmail/Outlook accounts, you will have to 'Refresh Token' and then disable the account and enable them back again after a few seconds.

    For all other type of accounts just type in the password in the password fields and 'Test' if you have entered the correct passwords. When the tests pass for both IMAP/POP and SMTP, disable the account and enable them back again after a few seconds.

    Please see how to disable and enable an account in Airmail for Mac.
  2. The second method is to copy the entire keychain from backup from this location: ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.keychainaccess.plist

    But it is not recommended if you are not familiar with Keychain Access, as this can result in a complete disordered passwords for the complete device if something goes wrong. Please note that restoring com.apple.keychainaccess.plist will also affect other apps that use 'Keychain Access' to store their encryption keys, certificates and passwords.

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