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imap_num_recent —


int imap_num_recent(connection);
int connection: IMAP connection ID


Recent messages; FALSE on error


Returns an integer representing the number of recent messages in a mailbox.


From versions 3.0 and 4.0

See also

See also: imap_num_msg


Example 609. Get the number of messages in the mailbox

$imap = imap_open("{localhost}mbox-bak","graeme","inferno");

// get recent messages
$number = imap_num_recent($imap);

echo "Number of recent messages: $number<BR>\n";

// display subjects of messages
for ($i=1; $i<=$number; $i++) {
   $header = imap_header($imap, $i);
   echo "Subject: ", $header->Subject, "<BR>\n";



Number of recent messages: 1
Subject: Test Message 3

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