PHP-library to fetch e-mails from an SMTP mailbox to store the e-mail and attachment(s).

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PHP-library to fetch e-mails from an SMTP mailbox to store the e-mail and attachment(s). It's based on and extended with the option to use it via command line .

This script allows to fetch e-mails from a mailbox via PHP IMAP functions. It reads the mails and write them to .eml-files and also writes the attachments if some exist.

The following PHP extensions are needed to run the project:

  • ext-json
  • ext-simplexml
  • ext-imap
  • ext-mbstring
  • ext-iconv

The installation with the package manager Composer is recommended.

Install it with composer require ehaerer/php-fetch-mail.

1 Features

  • Use it via commandline
  • Use it via webserver

2 Usage

2.1 Minimal setup

Create config file

Copy the file config.sample.php within the /login folder to /login/config.php and add the credentials for your mailbox.

2.2 Execute

Execute via command line

On Windows you can execute the script via commandline with PHP .exe build files:

C:\mypath-to-php\php-7.4.15\php.exe -e -c C:\mypath-to-php\php-7.4.15\php.ini C:\mypath-to-fetch-mail\fetch-mail\public\index.php --inputDir "C:\mypath-to-input-dir\fetch-mail\public\input\" --credentials 0 --allowedFileExt pdf  --saveToFile 1

Possible arguments via commandline:

--inputDir "C:\mypath-to-input-dir\fetch-mail\public\input\"

Full path to the input directory where to write the .eml files and attachments.

--limit 10

The limit of files to read from mailbox. Default is 100.

--credentials key

The key of the credentials to read from config.php file. It is possible to define multiple credentials there.

--allowedFileExt pdf,csv,txt

The file extensions of allowed file types.

--saveToFile 0

Save email to eml file or not, could be 0 or 1; default is 1.

--delete 0

Delete email after reading it from server, could be 0 or 1; default is 0.

--mailTargetFolder "INBOX/Processed"

Move email after reading it from server to this destination folder on server, e.g. to "INBOX/Processed".

--attachmentsRequired 1

If set, only mails with the attachments defined in allowedFileExt will be processed; could be 0 or 1; default is 0.

Execute via webserver, e.g. ddev

Use a local development environment like ddev local to use a local webserver.

Point your webserver to the public folder (a ddev configuration is still in the project).

Run the local URL e.g. with ddev.