Show HN: Hatchet – Extracts unique unsubscribe links from mailing lists in Gmail

Show HN: Hatchet – Extracts unique unsubscribe links from mailing lists in Gmail


Cut down spam in your Gmail Inbox

Hatchet is a tool to help you manage/prune your Email Inbox.
As it processes your inbox, it will keep track the unique sender email addresses and the number of emails from each sender.
It will also search the email headers and body for “unsubscribe” links.

Once Hatchet finishes its work, it will generate a spreadsheet that you can use to quickly unsubscribe from the most annoying mailing lists spamming your inbox.

Windows/Mac/Linux Binaries

You can download the latest version of hatchet by visting the following url:
Download the relevant binary, then run it:

# windows 
hatchet-windows-amd64.exe report 

# macos
hatchet-darwin-amd64 report 

# linux
hatchet-linux-amd64 report 

Run from Source

go run cmd/hatchet/hatchet.go report 

If an app or site doesn’t meet Google’s security standards, Google might block anyone who’s trying to sign in to your
account from it. Less secure apps can make it easier for hackers to get in to your account, so blocking sign-ins from
these apps helps keep your account safe.

Less secure apps & your Google Account

By default Google will block third party applications from accessing your Gmail account via username + password.
To use hatchet with your Gmail account, you’ll need to authenticate to your account by doing one of the following

Option 1: Enable “Less secure app” access

Option 2: Create an App Password (required for 2FA protected accounts)

If you use 2-Step-Verification and get a “password incorrect” error when you sign in, you can try to use an App Password.

An App Password is a 16-digit passcode that gives a less secure app or device permission to access your Google Account. App Passwords can only be used with accounts that have 2-Step Verification turned on.

  • Go to your Google Account Settings Page.
  • Select Security.
  • Under “Signing in to Google,” select App Passwords. You may need to sign in. If you don’t have this option, it might be because:
    • 2-Step Verification is not set up for your account.
    • 2-Step Verification is only set up for security keys.
    • Your account is through work, school, or other organization.
    • You turned on Advanced Protection.
  • At the bottom, choose Select app and choose Mail and then Select device and choose Other, type in “hatchet” and then Generate.
  • The App Password is the 16-character code in the yellow bar. Copy this text, store it securely in a password manager or similar.
  • Tap Done.

Use your credentials with hatchet

Now that you have the correct credentials to authenticate to your Gmail account with Hatchet, you can run the tool locally.

hatchet report 
    --imap-password=[gmail account password OR app password]

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