Search mail with Gnus and Spotlight (Mac OS).

You may need to install “MailSpool.mdimporter” ( to index your mail spool files of to spotlight. That importer decodes non-UTF mails, attaching sender, receiver attributes to spotlight index.

Note: This tool no longer works on MacOS X 10.9. Its source codes are put on github ( Someone needs to re-write it to work with newest MacOS X.

Download the code from Lisp:gnus-spotlight.el.


(require 'gnus-spotlight)

This makes ‘C-c C-n’ in the Summary buffer search your mail using Spotlight and lets you browse the result in Gnus.

Note: nnir-spotlight.el ( uses Gnus nnir interface for searching mails.