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Retrieve Your Gmail Emails Using PHP and IMAP


div.toggler				{ border:1px solid #ccc; background:url(gmail2.jpg) 10px 12px #eee no-repeat; cursor:pointer; padding:10px 32px; }
div.toggler .subject	{ font-weight:bold; }
div.read					{ color:#666; }
div.toggler .from, div.toggler .date { font-style:italic; font-size:11px; }
div.body					{ padding:10px 20px; }

Some simple CSS formatting.

The MooTools JavaScript

window.addEvent('domready',function() {
	var togglers = $$('div.toggler');
	if(togglers.length) var gmail = new Fx.Accordion(togglers,$$('div.body'));
	togglers.addEvent('click',function() { this.addClass('read').removeClass('unread'); });
	togglers[0].fireEvent('click'); //first one starts out read

Some simple accordion code.


/* connect to gmail */
$hostname = '{imap.gmail.com:993/imap/ssl}INBOX';
$username = 'davidwalshblog@gmail.com';
$password = 'davidwalsh';

/* try to connect */
$inbox = imap_open($hostname,$username,$password) or die('Cannot connect to Gmail: ' . imap_last_error());

/* grab emails */
$emails = imap_search($inbox,'ALL');

/* if emails are returned, cycle through each... */
if($emails) {
	/* begin output var */
	$output = '';
	/* put the newest emails on top */
	/* for every email... */
	foreach($emails as $email_number) {
		/* get information specific to this email */
		$overview = imap_fetch_overview($inbox,$email_number,0);
		$message = imap_fetchbody($inbox,$email_number,2);
		/* output the email header information */
		$output.= '<div class="toggler '.($overview[0]->seen ? 'read' : 'unread').'">';
		$output.= '<span class="subject">'.$overview[0]->subject.'</span> ';
		$output.= '<span class="from">'.$overview[0]->from.'</span>';
		$output.= '<span class="date">on '.$overview[0]->date.'</span>';
		$output.= '</div>';
		/* output the email body */
		$output.= '<div class="body">'.$message.'</div>';
	echo $output;

/* close the connection */

With our individual username/password settings set, we connect to Gmail. Once connected, we request all emails. If we find emails, I reverse sort the emails so that the newest emails appear on top. For every email we receive, I output the subject and message in MooTools Fx.Accordion format.

Now that I’ve shown you the basics, it’s time for you to build your next great PHP email app! Go ahead and send a few emails to davidwalshblog@gmail.com to see your eamil display on the page!

There are some encoding issues and I’ve not found a great way to include images. Any tips appreciated!


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