PHP: Download incoming email from POP3 or IMAP, parse it, and mark it as read/delete on server


I'm trying to add incoming email to my web application. It's built on CodeIgniter and PHP, and as far as I can tell I haven't found any CI libraries to do this.

What I'd like to do is have a controller that connects to my mail box, via POP3 or IMAP, and retrieves the message, parses it then removes it from the server.

Piping mail from postfix/etc isn't going to work on my server setup.

Any suggestions would be immensely helpful.


9/20/2009 7:08:00 AM

Accepted Answer

$mb = imap_open("{host:port/imap}","username", "password" );

$messageCount = imap_num_msg($mb);
for( $MID = 1; $MID <= $messageCount; $MID++ )
   $EmailHeaders = imap_headerinfo( $mb, $MID );
   $Body = imap_fetchbody( $mb, $MID, 1 );
   doSomething( $EmailHeaders, $Body );
11/19/2011 5:18:26 PM

For a more independent approach you could build a Third party plugin with Zend framework ( I have used their ACL modules within Codeigniter and is a good way of getting the best of both frameworks.

This also allows you to parse the emails and extract attachments etc.

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