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imap_scanmailbox — Gets the names of mailboxes that contain match search criteria


array imap_scanmailbox(connection, ref, pattern, content);
int connection: IMAP connection ID
string ref: Server reference
string pattern: Mailbox name search pattern
string content: Mailbox content search pattern


An array of mailbox names; FALSE on error


While similar to the functions imap_listmailbox() and imap_getmailboxes() , this function not only can search based on mailbox name, but can also search based on the content of the mailbox itself.

pattern can be used to filter mailbox names and has a basic wildcard usage. The pattern * to show all mailbox names including subfolders. Using % shows mailboxes on the current level only.


From versions 3.0 and 4.0

See also

See also: imap_listmailbox, imap_getmailboxes


Example 618. Search for mailboxes containing text

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

// list all mailboxes containing 'hello
$boxes = imap_scanmailbox($imap, "{localhost}", "%", "hello");
for ($i=0; $i<count($boxes); $i++) {
  echo "Mailbox: $boxes[$i]<BR>\n";


Match found: INBOX

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