IMAP test

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This shows how to do basic sanity test of an IMAP server. See also POP3_test and SMTP_test.

The numbers that precede each IMAP command may be any unique string. It should be unique per connection, so using incrementing integers seems as good as anything.

Below in command 4, MESSAGES may be one of MESSAGES, UNSEEN, RECENT UIDNEXT UIDVALIDITY

telnet imap.example.com 143
1 LOGIN username password
2 LIST "" *
3 SELECT Inbox
4 STATUS Inbox (MESSAGES)
5 CLOSE
6 LOGOUT

Other IMAP command examples

All IMAP headers in message #1
5 FETCH 1 ALL
headers and body in message #1
6 FETCH 1 FULL
body only in message #1
7 FETCH 1 BODY
envelope only in message #1
8 FETCH 1 ENVELOPE
Get full email in all(*) messages
9 FETCH * FULL
Get full message #1
10 UID fetch 1:1 (UID RFC822.SIZE FLAGS BODY.PEEK[])
Get flags of message #1
11 FETCH 1 FLAGS
Mark message #1 as read. This adds \Seen to existing flags
12 STORE 1 +FLAGS \Seen