program to read email and store it

Posted on 2000-03-12
Last Modified: 2013-11-13
I want to write a program that reads email and stores it in a dbase database file. This program should not require any interaction from the user. This program will be running automatically at fixed intervals without user invocation and checking the emails.

I know MAPI controls can be used to read emails but I am not able to figure out the following:
-how to read attachments?
-how to make it not ask for any user input?
-how to make it run automatically in the background at fixed intervals.

Question by:osho121097
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so you want to make a Eudora™ in vb?

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What is an Eudora? I want to do this using only Visual Basic and would not prefer using any thiird party tools.
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Eudora is a mail client program ... its just what i use to check my mail, so I said this program you want to make seems like that program.  But i'm sure all mail clients are basically the same.
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gelog earned 300 total points
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MAPI is a good choice if you have installed MS Exchange service and want to store messages in the Exchange (Outlook) folders. But your task is not the same.

Use MS Winsock Control to communicate with mail (POP3) serever. To build the app with Winsock Control you have to learn the basics with MS documentation and read RFC1939 ( Also, take a look at the number of tutorials on There is the article about the use of POP3 protocol (, the tutorial how to build a Mail Checker ( and the sample app ( that retrieves emails with attachments from POP3 server.

Author Comment

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Thanks for the reply but I would like to use Mapi controls only and also please answer my full question if you can.



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A sample answer from someone would be really nice.

MS documentation is tough to understand.

I too have an existing VB app that I would like to automatically check the user's email and either store the email (?attachment) in a directory or put it into his Inbox if the email does not belong to my App.

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I accidently accpeted the reply by gelog. How can I unaccept it?

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