Google is currently one of the largest Internet-based companies in existence (if not THE biggest), hosting dozens of different services.
Google probably isn't evil per se, but they do want you to put all of your data on their servers. Trusting any one company that much is probably a bad idea. If your entire life is on Google, what happens to Google happens to you. For a remote idea of what can happen, look at Yahoo!.
Archive Team has decided to take a census of Google services, to see what has and hasn't been saved. See the Froogle project.
DataLiberation is an engineering team at Google whose singular goal is to make it easier for users to move their data in and out of Google products. Here you can find instructions to backup from every Google service.
- Google Blog Converters 1.0 uses Python to convert between Blogger, LiveJournal, MovableType, and WordPress.
- Blogger can now export the entire contents of a blog, over at Blogger in Draft.
- gmail_safe incremental gmail backup nodejs package. It saves thread information (Google Mail 'conversations') and Google Mail labels. It is decently fast (about 20 emails per second) without using much CPU or RAM.
- Gmail Backup allows you to backup your emails in EML format and optionally upload them again into a separate Gmail account.
- Gmail provides IMAP access, so you can use OfflineIMAP to backup and sync your complete archive in standard UNIX maildir format, usable by Mutt, Thunderbird and most sane e-mail clients. See this blog post for more details.
- POP access is a very simple way to continuously download all your emails in Gmail to your favorite email client. This method doesn't preserve the label/folder structure, though - but does include your emails that are sent from Gmail.
- You may also want to consider setting up forwarding of all your emails in Gmail to an Outlook account or some other email provider (that has enough quota to work as your archive).
Google Docs Editors
- GM Script by Peter Schafer - Download Google Docs en masse.
- gdatacopier - "Bi-directional copy utility & API for Google docs"
Note: Due to https://github.com/ArchiveTeam/wpull/issues/425 and Google's use of HTTP 307 Redirects, the Export Menu based URLs currently do not work in ArchiveBot. They also do not work in Chromebot. They do work in IA SPN. The view/edit/mobilebasic URLs do appear to work in AB and/or Chromebot.
Using Document docid 17-kk6FR8PGku4XhCy2TFBSbEeIWUlm082qgaqXAP81Y (The Declaration of Independence - modern translation 2012) as an example:
- Document -> View/Edit/MobileBasic/HTML Export
- Document Export Menu Options -> odt, docx, pdf, zip (of HTML), epub, rtf, txt
Using Spreadsheet docid 17SP23Ce2IuJQJx5qbBRGNiRuv0My_ddvcIZBTnBdA7s (Recipe Cost Calculator) as an example:
- Spreadsheets -> View/Edit/XLSX Export
- Spreadsheets Export Menu Options -> ods, xlsx, pdf, zip (of HTML), csv (current sheet), tsv (current sheet)
Using Slide docid 1YHAddiVocHyU38NKT-SIFBMk0gHRg-DBDQOINRjV73Y (Timing Individual Google Slides) as an example:
- Slides -> View/Edit
- Slides Export Menu Options -> odp, pptx, pdf, png, jpg, svg, txt
- For content that should go into the IA WBM, ArchiveBot can be used to grab direct links to individual files. This example uses file id 19Vk6mrf6FY1iCKudKFjeQDXTfpGiElMd (for NTSB report 'WOA 8535 CVR Transcript.pdf'):
- wget can also be used with the 'export=download' URL. See https://clay-atlas.com/us/blog/2020/08/27/linux-en-wget-download-google-drive-files/
Additional tools that may be useful:
- https://github.com/iwestlin/gd-utils (Chinese)
- https://github.com/roshanconnor123/gd-utils (gd-utils, English fork)
- Is not a backup tool per se but at least for Google Docs and Gmail GGears downloads all documents/attachments to your computer as readable documents (which can be found in your user profile/Google folder(s)). Google Gears is no longer supported by Google.
- Has been announced to be discontinued. GNotebook (luckily) has an export-to-XML function (a link at the bottom of the screen) that at least Diigo and Evernote are able to import (without coding skills).
An RSS/feed reader webapp with discoverability features for finding new feeds. On the 13th of March, Google announced that they would shut down Google Reader at 1st of July.
- Powering Down Google Reader
- A second spring of cleaning
- How to Back Up Articles from Google Reader
- How can I download my Reader data?
Does a tool suite exist that backs up all of the Google Apps cloud?
Generally, data can be exported with the "Google Takeout" interface which sends a series of compressed archives with data from the various services. It's not always reliable.
Pump up the NASDAQ.
- November 2018
- Unsupported videos will no longer have unlimited space
Over 150 products, including web services, discontinued by Google: https://killedbygoogle.com/