Utility that can download attachments from Pop or IMAP

Posted on 2015-01-30
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Last Modified: 2015-02-09

we have a need for an application that can run as a scheduled task or a service that downloads emails from a pop or imap account and then strips the attachments and put them in a folder.  can be free or at a cost (reasonable).  I need this to be able to connect using a secure connection and has to run without being logged in.

any ideas?
Question by:posae
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by:Dave Howe
Dave Howe earned 668 total points
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not that hard to code yourself - have a look at http://php.net/manual/en/book.imap.php and then scroll down to the comments :)
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by:Paul MacDonald
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It seems Microsoft removed "Custom Actions" from Outlook 2013, but if you have an older version of Outlook, you can script a Custom Action that will detach and save attachments as part of a rule that runs when mail comes in.  There is also at least one third-party add-on for Outlook that does the same thing.

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ID: 40580331
thanks paulmacd, however this needs to be something that is not part of outlook as it needs to run without being logged in.  

I'd rather not have to develop anything and would just like to find a tool that is already developed
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by:Paul MacDonald
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It's an oddly specific utility you're looking for so it's highly unlikely there's something out there that's stand-alone, configurable, and can run on a schedule.

FWIW, I'd wager you can run Outlook.exe as a scheduled task, using credentials you store in the scheduled task itself.  In that configuration, you could run Outlook without anyone logged in.
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frankhelk earned 664 total points
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Hmmm .. with al little experience in .NET programmint it should not be that complicated to roll your own software for that. If you search for ".net receive email imap pop3" you'll find lots of pages on how to implement receiving emais in VB.NET or C#. I presume it's easy to run such a client as Windows service.

After d/l of the message you'll just have to strip out the attachments and save 'em.

BTW: It's not for background use, but I have a program named PMMail2000 (an old shareware email client) whose excellent filter engine allows exactly that task. Runs a bit tricky on Win7 and up, but it does. Maybe you could use it with autologin and auto-lock-up ?

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posae earned 0 total points
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Found this application that fits the requirements.  thanks for your feedback on this!  I split the points as all of your thoughts were great.

Server version:  http://gearmage.com/buymaildownloader.html

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ID: 40597916
found an application in addition to the information provided by the experts

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