Howto: test IMAP mail server availability using Telnet


From a command prompt, initiate a connection with the mail server.  Use port 143 for IMAP, port 993 for seucre encrypted IMAPs:

 telnet 192.168.1.60 143 
Authenticate to the IMAP server, specifiying user name and password
 A LOGIN username password 
Chose a folder:
 01 Select INBOX 
Display  a message using rfc822 specifications.  Here message number 13 is listed:
 02 fetch 13 rfc822 

logout to terminate the session

 03 logout 

 For more details, see RFC 3501 at http://www.isi.edu/in-notes/rfc3501.txt

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8 Responses to “Howto: test IMAP mail server availability using Telnet”

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