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getmail - retrieve messages from one or more POP3, IMAP4, or SDPS mailboxes and deliver to a maildir, mboxrd-format mbox file, or external MDA


getmail [OPTION] ...


getmail can retrieve messages from POP3, IMAP4, and SDPS mailboxes. SSL-wrapped POP3 and IMAP are also supported. Single-user and domain (multi-drop) mailboxes are supported.

getmail has built-in support for delivering to maildirs, mboxrd-format mbox files, and external MDAs.


show program's version number and exit
show a short usage summary and exit
look in DIR for config/data files
load configuration from FILE (may be given multiple times)
dump configuration and exit (debugging)
print extended trace information (extremely verbose)
maintain connection and listen for new messages in FOLDER. This flag will only work if a single rc file is given, and will only work on IMAP connections where the server supports IMAP4 IDLE (RFC 2177).

The following options override any in the configuration file(s).

operate more verbosely (can be given multiple times)
do not print informational messages
delete messages from server after retrieving
do not delete messages from server after retrieving
retrieve all messages
retrieve only unread messages


Written by Charles Cazabon and others.


Report bugs to <>

IMPORTANT: include the output of getmail [options] --dump with any bug report.


Copyright © 1998-2021 Charles Cazabon and others.
This is free software; see the file COPYING for copying conditions. There is NO warranty; not even for MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.


The full documentation for getmail is maintained in HTML and plaintext formats. See the included files for details.

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