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Last updated: Tue, 19 Sep 2006


(PHP 3 >= 3.0.4, PHP 4, PHP 5)

imap_status --  This function returns status information on a mailbox other than the current one


object imap_status ( resource imap_stream, string mailbox, int options )

This function returns an object containing status information. Valid flags are:

  • SA_MESSAGES - set status->messages to the number of messages in the mailbox

  • SA_RECENT - set status->recent to the number of recent messages in the mailbox

  • SA_UNSEEN - set status->unseen to the number of unseen (new) messages in the mailbox

  • SA_UIDNEXT - set status->uidnext to the next uid to be used in the mailbox

  • SA_UIDVALIDITY - set status->uidvalidity to a constant that changes when uids for the mailbox may no longer be valid

  • SA_ALL - set all of the above

status->flags is also set, which contains a bitmask which can be checked against any of the above constants.

Example 1. imap_status() example

$mbox = imap_open("{imap.example.org}", "username", "password", OP_HALFOPEN)
      or die("can't connect: " . imap_last_error());
$status = imap_status($mbox, "{imap.example.org}INBOX", SA_ALL);
if ($status) {
  echo "Messages:   " . $status->messages    . "<br />\n";
  echo "Recent:     " . $status->recent      . "<br />\n";
  echo "Unseen:     " . $status->unseen      . "<br />\n";
  echo "UIDnext:    " . $status->uidnext     . "<br />\n";
  echo "UIDvalidity:" . $status->uidvalidity . "<br />\n"; 
} else {
  echo "imap_status failed: " . imap_last_error() . "\n";


Last updated: Tue, 19 Sep 2006