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imap_deletemailbox — Deletes a mailbox from the server


int imap_deletemailbox(connection, mailbox);
int connection: IMAP connection ID
string mailbox: Mailbox name


TRUE on sucess or FALSE on error


Deletes a mailbox of the specified name from the server.


From versions 3.0 and 4.0

See also

See also: imap_createmailbox, imap_renamemailbox


Example 599. Delete mailbox

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

$mailbox = "test_mailbox";

if (!imap_createmailbox($imap,"{localhost}$mailbox")) {
   echo "Unable to create new mailbox!\n";
   echo imap_last_error(); 

// relist the mailboxs to show it's there 
$boxes = imap_listmailbox($imap, "{localhost}", "test*");
echo "<b>Mailboxes:</b><BR>\n";
for ($i=0; $i<count($boxes); $i++) {
   echo "Mailbox: $boxes[$i]<BR>\n";

// now delete it
if (!imap_deletemailbox($imap,"{localhost}$mailbox")) {
   echo "Unable to delete mailbox!\n";
   echo imap_last_error(); 

// now relist to prove a point
$boxes = imap_listmailbox($imap, "{localhost}", "test*");
echo "<b>Mailboxes:</b><BR>\n";
for ($i=0; $i<count($boxes); $i++) {
   echo "Mailbox: $boxes[$i]<BR>\n";


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