VB6 - Retrieve Email from Hotmail/Outlook/Office 365

The following vb6 example codes demonstrate how to retrieve email from Hotmail/Outlook/Office 365 IMAP4 server.

Hotmail, Outlook.com, Live User

Hotmail/Outlook POP3 server address is pop3.live.com. It requires SSL connection on 995 port; Hotmail/Outlook IMAP4 server address is imap-mail.outlook.com. It requires SSL connection on 993 port;

You should use your Hotmail/Outlook email address as the user name for user authentication. For example: your email is liveid@hotmail.com, and then the user name should be liveid@hotmail.com.

Server Port SSL Protocol
pop3.live.com 995 SSL required Pop3
imap-mail.outlook.com 993 SSL required Imap4

Office 365

First of all, you should go to Office 365 Outlook -> Options -> See All Options -> Account -> My Account -> Settings for POP, IMAP, and SMTP access. You will get your Office 365 POP3/IMAP4 server address and port. The default POP3 server is outlook.office365.com on SSL 995 port; IMAP4 server is outlook.office365.com on SSL 993 port.

Server Port SSL Protocol
outlook.office365.com 995 SSL required Pop3
outlook.office365.com 993 SSL required Imap4


Before you can use the following sample codes, you should download the EAGetMail Installer and install it on your machine at first. Full sample projects are included in this installer.

Add Reference

To use EAGetMail POP3 & IMAP4 ActiveX Object in your project, the first step is Add reference of EAGetMail to your project. Please go to menu -> Project -> References -> and select EAGetMailObj ActiveX Object, click OK, the reference will be added to your project, and you can start to use it to retrieve email and parse email in your project.

add reference in VB6

VB6 - Retrieve Email from Hotmail/Outlook/Office 365 - Example

The following example codes demonstrate how to download emails from Hotmail/Outlook/Office365 account using IMAP4 protocol. In order to run it correctly, please change email server, user, password, folder, file name value to yours.


To get full sample projects, please download and install EAGetMail on your machine.

Option Explicit

Const MailServerPop3 = 0
Const MailServerImap4 = 1
Const MailServerEWS = 2
Const MailServerDAV = 3

Private Sub Command1_Click()
    Dim curpath As String
    Dim mailbox As String
    Dim oTools As New EAGetMailObjLib.Tools

    ' Create a folder named "inbox" under current directory
    ' to save the email retrieved.
    curpath = App.Path
    mailbox = curpath & "\inbox"
    oTools.CreateFolder mailbox

    Dim oServer As New EAGetMailObjLib.MailServer

    ' Hotmail/Outlook Live IMAP4 server address is "imap-mail.outlook.com"
    oServer.Server = "imap-mail.outlook.com"

    ' For office 365 user, please change server to:
    ' oServer.Server = "outlook.office365.com"

    oServer.User = "hotmailid@hotmail.com"
    oServer.Password = "testpassword"
    oServer.Protocol = MailServerImap4

    ' Enable SSL Connection
    oServer.SSLConnection = True

    ' Set 993 SSL Port
    oServer.Port = 993

    On Error GoTo ErrorHandle:
    Dim oClient As New EAGetMailObjLib.MailClient
    oClient.LicenseCode = "TryIt"

    oClient.Connect oServer
    MsgBox "Connected"

    Dim infos
    infos = oClient.GetMailInfos()
    MsgBox UBound(infos) + 1 & " emails"

    Dim i As Integer
    For i = LBound(infos) To UBound(infos)
        Dim info As EAGetMailObjLib.MailInfo
        Set info = infos(i)
        MsgBox "Index: " & info.Index & "; Size: " & info.Size & _
        "; UIDL: " & info.UIDL

        ' Receive email from Hotmail/MSN Live POP3 server
        Dim oMail As EAGetMailObjLib.Mail
        Set oMail = oClient.GetMail(info)

        MsgBox "From: " & oMail.From.Address & _
            vbCrLf & "Subject: " & oMail.Subject

        Dim fileName As String
        ' Generate a random file name by current local datetime,
        ' You can use your method to generate the filename if you do not like it
        fileName = mailbox & "\" & oTools.GenFileName(i) & ".eml"

        ' Save email to local disk
        oMail.SaveAs fileName, True

        ' Mark email as deleted from Hotmail/MSN Live server.
        oClient.Delete info

    ' Quit and purge emails marked as deleted from Hotmail/MSN Live POP3 server.
    Exit Sub

    MsgBox Err.Description
End Sub

32bit/x64 ActiveX DLL

Seperate builds of run-time dll for 32 and x64 platform

File Platform
Installation Path\EAGetMailObj.dll 32 bit
Installation Path\x64\EAGetMailObj.dll 64 bit


  • Standard EXE

    For VB6, C++, Delphi or other standard exe application, you can distribute EAGetMailObj.dll with your application to target machine without COM-registration and installer. To learn more detail, please have a look at Registration-free COM with Manifest File.

  • Script

    For ASP, VBScript, VBA, MS SQL Stored Procedure, you need to install EAGetMail on target machine by EAGetMail installer, both 32bit/x64 DLL are installed and registered.



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