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imap_fetch_overview — Get overview information contained in the headers of the message.


array imap_fetch_overview(connection, message[, flags]);
int connection: IMAP connection ID
string message: Message sequence
int flags (optional): Option flags


An array of overview information; FALSE on error


Returns an array of information about a sequence of messages. The sequence is a comma serperated list of message. To retrieve a range of messages, seperate the beginning and end of the range by a colon.

Each element of the array is an object. The properties of the object are:

subject Message subject
from Sender's address
to To address
date Message date
message_id Message ID
size Message size in bytes
uid Message mailbox UID
msgno Message sequence number in the maibox
recent Message flagged as recent
flagged Message is flagged
answered Message has been answered
deleted Message has been marked for deletion
seen Message has been read
draft Message is marked as being a draft


As from versions 3.0.4 and 4.0

See also

See also: imap_fetchstructure, imap_headers


Example 601. Display formatted message information

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

// fetch message information for message 2
// and messages 4 to 6
$info = imap_fetch_overview($imap, "2,4:6");


<table border=1>

// loop through the array
foreach ($info as $msg) {
   echo "<tr>";

   // display the seen property nicely
   if ($msg->seen == 1) {
      $read = "Yes";
   } else {
      $read = "No";

   // print other message information
   printf("<td>%s</td>", $read);
   printf("<td>%s</td>", $msg->from);
   printf("<td>%s</td>", $msg->date);
   printf("<td>%s</td>", $msg->subject);


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