In this tutorial I will show you a code snippet which connects to your email host with poplib library and parses the fetched email with email library. As an example I just print the email's
subject header. Code is based on Python 2.7. Rest is in the code's comments.
# encoding: utf-8 from __future__ import print_function, unicode_literals import poplib import email import email.header # necessary to decode non-ascii headers pop_host = "YOUR EMAIL HOST" # IP address or the url of your pop server pop_username = "email@example.com" # your pop username pop_password = "yoursecretpassword" # your pop password max_print_email = 10 # top 10 emails will be printed # connect to pop server pop = poplib.POP3(pop_host) pop.user(pop_username) pop.pass_(pop_password) # get the total number of emails present in server msgcount = pop.stat() #len(ms.list()) print("msg count=", msgcount) # print email info from most recent to oldest at most "max_print_email" for i in range(msgcount, max(0, msgcount - max_print_email), -1): response, msg_as_list, size = pop.retr(i) # fetch the email by it's message number msg = email.message_from_string('\r\n'.join(msg_as_list)) # creates email object from list of lines if "subject" in msg: # if email has a subject header I will print the subject # msg behaves like a case insensitive dictionary decheader = email.header.decode_header(msg["subject"]) # decode the header and find the chartset if present, if not charset is None subject = decheader charset = decheader if charset: subject = subject.decode(charset) print("msg num=" + str(i), ",", "subject=", subject) pop.quit()
It is up to you to improve this code and read the from, to, cc, bcc headers and body section.