To migrate an existing list to our servers, there are a few steps. To migrate a list that uses your own domain name ( rather than one of ours) you will – in addition to the 2 steps below – need to edit your DNS records.
Read on to find out how to get those files ...
If you have shell access to the server where your list is hosted (and root privileges) – the following commands will get what's needed. (Note: check that the file paths match with your system.) You may even have a system administrator who can do this for you.
root: /usr/lib/mailman/bin/list_members -f -r LISTNAME > LISTNAME.regular
root: /usr/lib/mailman/bin/list_members -f -d LISTNAME > LISTNAME.digest
root: cp /var/lib/mailman/archives/private/LISTNAME.mbox/LISTNAME.mbox ./LISTNAME.mbox
root: /usr/lib/mailman/bin/config_list -o LISTNAME.cfg LISTNAME
Then can pack those files up into a .zip or .tgz file and either let us link to it, or send it to us via WeTransfer or DropSend – addressed to support (at) mailmanlists.net – and we'll import the files into your new list.
Assuming that you are the owner of the list that is being migrated (and that you have the list's Admin password) you can go through the following steps to gather up the files needed to migrate your list to our servers. If you would like us to do it for you – we can do so if you're happy to share the list's Admin password with us.
1. Export the names and email addresses of your subscribers (digest and regular).
Send an empty email to:
Replacing LISTNAME with the actual name of your list, ADMINPASSWORD with your real Admin password, and LISTS.MYDOMAIN.COM with the domain that your current list uses.
For example: if your list's email address was
you would put in the Subject:
This will return an email with the names and email address of all your subscribers. Save this email.
2. Export your old list's message archive.
Edit the URL below, replacing "LISTNAME", "LISTS.MYDOMAIN.COM", and "ADMINPASSWORD" with the real thing, and then copy and paste it into your browser's address bar.
As an example:
When the URL is copied and pasted into the browsers address field, the browser will display the
mbox file. It will look something like this:
From email@example.com Thu Sep 24 08:58:39 2015 Return-Path:
X-Original-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Delivered-To: email@example.com Received: from server.someserver.com (mail1.protonmail.ch [126.96.36.199]) by www.mailmanlists.eu (Postfix) with ESMTPS id BC7DF2E0CB for ; Thu, 24 Sep 2015 08:58:39 +0200 (CEST) Received: by server.someserver.com (Postfix, from userid 48) id 8DD9685890; Thu, 24 Sep 2015 02:58:39 -0400 (EDT) DKIM-Signature: v=1; a=rsa-sha256; c=relaxed/relaxed; d=someserver.com; s=default; t=1443077919; bh=69SpIqx6V5czS6eC8BctH8xSa3tKr7GdlIbdnz0ARdk=; h=To:Subject:Date:From:Reply-To; b=W1blbkehvlElpLN7Fqlj4aLNqony9Nsq3RrLAqipT1bk/N0K9RlqJNgiTSsodkNQR wDR4k1D4lraB8pUic47lJfjl9GChK4QFPsBcoM9XV9sOBy76HXnKhXOkbiiO5IIvq/ vqHP53vDUNaLXRiERnzUq7g1JZF1d2aI8pD6Kpxw= To: "firstname.lastname@example.org" Subject: Hello World! X-PHP-Originating-Script: 0:class.phpmailer.php Date: Thu, 24 Sep 2015 02:58:39 -0400 From: ...
If you have a large archive it will take some time for the browser to load it all. When it's loaded – right-click in the browser window and "Save page as"
But, if your archive is very large you might get a timeout error message. In that case you'll need to go to your list's archive page and download the files one-by-one. The archive displays a table and with the right-hand column containing links the month's archive (a
.gz file). Download each of those files.
3. Send the files to us
You'll now have (1) the email with your subscribers, and (2) the .mbox file which is your message archive (or a bunch of
Unfortunately without server access, there is no way to export the old list's settings (configuration), so the new list will have to be done manually. Either from scratch, or by copying the information from the old list.
As always, we're happy to do it all for you.