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Create Your Own Mail Script With PHP and IMAP


Thanks to PHP, we can check our email account remotely using PHP and its imap_xxx functions, which allow us to communicate with mail servers via IMAP, POP3 or NNTP protocols. In this article Mitchell shows us how to create a completely web-based email checking script which can also delete, send and reply to emails... all using only PHP's IMAP functions.

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By: Mitchell Harper
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March 25, 2002
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
  1. · Create Your Own Mail Script With PHP and IMAP
  2. · What is IMAP?
  3. · IMAP functions
  4. · Creating our email script
  5. · The ShowEmail function and more
  6. · Conclusion

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Create Your Own Mail Script With PHP and IMAP - Conclusion
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In this article we've seen what IMAP is, how to setup PHP with IMAP support, and also how to create a PHP script that connects to an IMAP mail server and works with the emails on that server.

Our script is rather concise and short thanks to PHP's support for the IMAP protocol. In many other programming languages we would've had to manually open a socket to our mail server and handle the commands at the IMAP level, however PHP's powerful imap_xxx functions abstract this complexity, allowing us to concentrate on the design and structure of our script, without worrying about connection timeouts, CRC failures, etc.

The support material for this article only touches on the power of PHP's imap_xxx functions. Feel free to download the support material and, using PHP's IMAP reference, modify it to suit your needs.
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