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
, modify it to suit your needs.
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