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imap_check — Check the current mailbox


object imap_check(connection);
int connection: IMAP connection ID


Mailbox information; FALSE on error


Returns an array containing useful information about the IMAP mailbox. The function returns FALSE if there are no new messages. The object properties returned are:

Date Last change of mailbox contents
Driver Protocol used to access the mailbox
Mailbox Mailbox name
Nmsgs Number of messages in the mailbox
Recent Nuimber of recent messages in the mailbox


Since versions 3.0 and 4.0

See also

See also: imap_status


Example 596. Get number of messages in mailbox

$imap = imap_open("{localhost}INBOX","graeme","inferno");

$info = imap_check($imap);
echo "Number of messages: ", $info->Nmsgs;


Number of messages: 6

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