Offline Gmail 3

Last week we launched Offline Gmail. After releasing Gears I moved to the Gmail team to work on Offline Gmail. I think it was pretty obvious that we were working on this and Offline Gmail was the first and possibly the hardest task we wanted to be able to solve with Gears.

A lot of things have been said about Offline Gmail but not too much has been said about how it was implemented. If there is any interest I’ll take questions and answer those in a follow up blog post.

One thing that I would like to add is that even though the UI for enabling the offline lab is only available in English you can still get Offline Gmail in any language Gmail supports. Here is how:

  1. Change your language to English
  2. Go to Labs and enable the Offline lab.
  3. Switch back to your language of choice.
  4. Enable offline from the offline settings tab or from the link next to your user name in the upper right corner.
  • Glen Murphy


  • Martijn

    It’s a shame, I can’t seem to use it on Seamonkey or Minefield trunk, which is what I’m using most of the time.

  • Erik Arvidsson

    Martijn: Gears is open source. I don’t know how compatible Seamonkey is to Firefox but I think it should not be too hard to get it working. Google does not support beta products in general so you will not see a Google branded Gears binary until Firefox 3.1 is out of beta. I also think that building a version that works for Minefield should not be too hard unless Mozilla changed the binary APIs too much.