Python — imaplib IMAP example with Gmail

Yuji Tomita @ Department NYC

I couldn’t find all that much information about IMAP on the web, other than the RFC3501.

The IMAP protocol document is absoutely key to understanding the commands available, but let me skip attempting to explain and just lead by example where I can point out the common gotchas I ran into.

Logging in to the inbox

Getting all mail and fetching the latest

Let’s start by searching our inbox for all mail with the search function.
Use the built in keyword “ALL” to get all results (documented in RFC3501).

We’re going to extract the data we need from the response, then fetch the mail via the ID we just received.

Using UIDs instead of volatile sequential ids

The imap search function returns a sequential id, meaning id 5 is the 5th email in your inbox.
That means if a user deletes email 10, all emails above email 10 are…

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