VB.NET - Retrieve Email over TLS from IMAP4 Server

The following vb.net example codes demonstrate how to retrieve email over TLS connection from IMAP4 server. This sample downloads emails from IMAP4 server and deletes the email after the email is retrieved.

SSL and TLS

SSL connection encrypts data between the email component and POP3 server or IMAP4 server to protect user, password and email content in TCP/IP level. Now this technology is commonly used and many email servers are deployed with SSL such as Gmail, Yahoo and Hotmail.

There are two ways to deploy SSL on email server:

  • Implicit SSL

    Deploying SSL on another port (POP3: 995 port or IMAP4: 993 port) directly. This is most common way.

  • Explicit SSL (TLS)

    Using STARTTLS or STLS command to switch SSL channel on normal port (POP3: 110 port or IMAP4: 143 port);

TLS command can switch normal IMAP4 connection to SSL connection.

Installation

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.

Install from NuGet

You can also install the run-time assembly by NuGet. Run the following command in the NuGet Package Manager Console:

Install-Package EAGetMail

Note

If you install it by NuGet, no sample projects are installed, only .NET assembly is installed.

Add Reference

To use EAGetMail POP3 & IMAP Component in your project, the first step is “Add reference of EAGetMail to your project”. Please create or open your project with Visual Studio, then go to menu -> Project -> Add Reference -> .NET -> Browse..., and select EAGetMail{version}.dll from installation path, click Open-> OK, the reference will be added to the project, you can start to use it to retrieve email and parse email in your project.

add reference in c#/vb.net/managed c++/cli

.NET Assembly

Because EAGetMail has separate builds for .Net Framework, please refer to the following table and choose the correct dll.

Separate builds of run-time assembly for .Net Framework 1.1, 2.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5 and .Net Compact Framework 2.0, 3.5.

File .NET Framework Version
EAGetMail.dll Built with .NET Framework 1.1
It requires .NET Framework 1.1, 2.0, 3.5 or later version.
EAGetMail20.dll Built with .NET Framework 2.0
It requires .NET Framework 2.0, 3.5 or later version.
EAGetMail35.dll Built with .NET Framework 3.5
It requires .NET Framework 3.5 or later version.
EAGetMail40.dll Built with .NET Framework 4.0
It requires .NET Framework 4.0 or later version.
EAGetMail45.dll Built with .NET Framework 4.5
It requires .NET Framework 4.5 or later version.
EAGetMailCF20.dll Built with .NET Compact Framework 2.0
It requires .NET Compact Framework 2.0, 3.5 or later version.
EAGetMailCF35.dll Built with .NET Compact Framework 3.5
It requires .NET Compact Framework 3.5 or later version.

VB.NET - Retrieve Email over TLS from IMAP4 Server - Exmaple

The following example codes demonstrate retrieving email over TLS connection from IMAP4 server. In order to run it correctly, please change email server, user, password, folder, file name value to yours.

Note

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

Imports System.IO

' Imports EAGetMail namespace
Imports EAGetMail

Module Module1
    Sub Main()
        ' Create a folder named "inbox" under current directory
        ' to save the email retrieved.
        Dim curpath As String = Directory.GetCurrentDirectory()
        Dim mailbox As String = [String].Format("{0}\inbox", curpath)

        ' If the folder is not existed, create it.
        If Not Directory.Exists(mailbox) Then
            Directory.CreateDirectory(mailbox)
        End If

        Dim oServer As New MailServer("imap.emailarchitect.net", _
            "test@emailarchitect.net", "testpassword", ServerProtocol.Imap4)
        Dim oClient As New MailClient("TryIt")

        ' Enable SSL Connection
        oServer.SSLConnection = True

        ' Set 143 IMAP4 Port
        oServer.Port = 143

        ' Set TLS connection type
        oServer.SSLType = SSLConnectType.ConnectTLS

        Try
            oClient.Connect(oServer)
            Dim infos As MailInfo() = oClient.GetMailInfos()
            For i As Integer = 0 To infos.Length - 1
                Dim info As MailInfo = infos(i)
                Console.WriteLine("Index: {0}; Size: {1}; UIDL: {2}", _
                        info.Index, info.Size, info.UIDL)

                ' Receive email from IMAP4 server
                Dim oMail As Mail = oClient.GetMail(info)

                Console.WriteLine("From: {0}", oMail.From.ToString())
                Console.WriteLine("Subject: {0}" & vbCr & vbLf, oMail.Subject)

                ' Generate an email file name based on date time.
                Dim d As System.DateTime = System.DateTime.Now
                Dim cur As New System.Globalization.CultureInfo("en-US")
                Dim sdate As String = d.ToString("yyyyMMddHHmmss", cur)
                Dim fileName As String = [String].Format("{0}\{1}{2}{3}.eml", _
                    mailbox, sdate, d.Millisecond.ToString("d3"), i)

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

                ' Mark email as deleted from IMAP4 server.
                oClient.Delete(info)
            Next

            ' Quit and purge emails marked as deleted from IMAP4 server.
            oClient.Quit()
        Catch ep As Exception
            Console.WriteLine(ep.Message)
        End Try

    End Sub
End Module

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