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Check e-mail on a pop3 server using telnet
Posted on 03-23-2003 02:13:00 UTC | Updated on 03-23-2003 02:13:00 UTC
Section: /software/pop3/ | Permanent Link

These steps show how to check your e-mail on a pop3 server using a telnet client.

Telnet to the pop3 server.

telnet pop3.somedomain.com 110

You should recieve a reply to this effect.

Trying A.B.C.D...
Connected to pop3.somedomain.com.
Escape character is '^]'.
+OK (rwcrpxc13) POP3 server

Enter your username for the pop3 e-mail account using the "user" command.

user username_here

You should recieve the following reply.

+OK

Enter your password for the pop3 e-mail account using the "pass" command.

pass password_here

You should recieve the following reply.

+OK Maildrop ready

List the mail on the pop3 e-mail account using the "list" command.

list

You will see the list of messages on the server.

+OK scan listing follows
1 1489
2 7652
.

To see one of the messages issue the retrieve command "retr" and the message id.

retr 1

You will see the whole e-mail headers and all.

+OK 1489 octets
Return-path:
Received: from blah (blah.somedomain.net [a.b.c.d])
by blah2.somedomain.net
(iPlanet Messaging Server 5.2 HotFix 1.16 (built May 14 2003))
with ESMTP id <0HHF00C6KK6NXJ@blah2.somedomain.net> for
me@here.net; Wed, 02 Jul 2003 23:54:23 -0400 (EDT)
Date: Wed, 02 Jul 2003 23:52:59 -0400
From: Me
Subject: test
To: you@there.net
Reply-to: me@here.net
Message-id: <200307022352.59679.me@here.net>
Organization: Pantz.org
MIME-version: 1.0
Content-type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii
Content-transfer-encoding: 7bit
Content-disposition: inline
User-Agent: KMail/1.5.1
Original-recipient: rfc822;me@here.net

test

If you would like to delete the message issue the dele command with the message id.

dele 1

You will then see a delete confirmation.

+OK message deleted

To finish issue the quit command.

quit

+OK
Connection closed by foreign host.

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