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Python — imaplib IMAP example with Gmail

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

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import imaplib
mail = imaplib.IMAP4_SSL('imap.gmail.com')
mail.login('myusername@gmail.com', 'mypassword')
mail.list()
# Out: list of "folders" aka labels in gmail.
mail.select("inbox") # connect to 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.

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result, data = mail.search(None, "ALL")
ids = data[0] # data is a list.
id_list = ids.split() # ids is a space separated string
latest_email_id = id_list[-1] # get the latest
result, data = mail.fetch(latest_email_id, "(RFC822)") # fetch the email body (RFC822) for the given ID
raw_email = data[0][1] # here's the body, which is raw text of the whole email
# including headers and alternate payloads

Using UIDs instead of volatile sequential ids

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