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Script for Gmail label to Sheets

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Tag: google-apps-script,gmail

I am trying to make a script that takes an email within a certain label and puts it into google sheets. Im using this function at the moment:

function getMessagesWithLabel() {
 var destArray = new Array();
  var threads = GmailApp.getUserLabelByName('Facebook').getThreads(0,10);

  for(var n in threads){
        var msg = threads[n].getMessages();
        var destArrayRow = new Array();
        destArrayRow.push('thread has '+threads[n].getMessageCount()+' messages');
          for(var m in msg){
                     destArrayRow.push(msg[m].getSubject());
           }
  destArray.push(destArrayRow);           
        }
Logger.log(destArray);
var ss = SpreadsheetApp.getActiveSpreadsheet();
var sh = ss.getActiveSheet();
if(ss.getLastRow()==0){sh.getRange(1,1).setValue('getMessagesWithLabel() RESULTS')};
sh.getRange(ss.getLastRow()+1,1,destArray.length,destArray[0].length).setValues(destArray)
}

This works at grabbing all the emails in the 'Facebook' label but grabs all the emails every time, creating duplicates every time it runs. I would like for it to just create a new line every time a new one is put into the 'Facebook' label. Any help?

EDIT!!!:

I got the main part of the code working now i need help with extracting the message body, email address, and time stamp into the spreadsheet if possible.


Answer:

Four thoughts for you to explore.

  1. Use GmailMessage.getDate() to filter out messages you've already handled. Store the time that the script runs in ScriptProperties and reload it as your threshold next time.
  2. Every message has its own unique ID, so recording that along with the body would give you a key to look up. I think this would be slower than the first option, but could be much faster if you stored key values in ScriptProperties.
  3. Use search() to match label and time, again keeping track of when the script has run in ScriptProperties.

    var threads = GmailApp.search('label:"Facebook" after:"2015/6/1"');
    

    That will give threads with any messages added after the given date, but the threads will also have messages prior to that date. You'll probably still have to use one of the earlier options to filter those out. (Unless, as you've indicated in comments, your thread will have no replies and thus only one message.)

  4. Once a thread is processed, remove the label you used to categorize it.

    var oldLabel = GmailApp.getUserLabelByName('Facebook');
    var newLabel = GmailApp.getUserLabelByName('Facebook-processed');
    var threads = oldLabel.getThreads(0,10);
    for(var n in threads){
      ...
      threads[n].removeLabel(oldLabel).addLabel(newLabel);
    }
    

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