VB.NET - Retrieve Email from Hotmail/Outlook/Office 365

The following vb.net 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

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 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.

Note

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

Imports System.IO
Imports EAGetMail 'imports EAGetMail namespace

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

        ' Hotmail/Outlook IMAP4 server is "imap-mail.outlook.com"
        Dim oServer As New MailServer("imap-mail.outlook.com", _
            "hotmailid@hotmail.com", "yourpassword", ServerProtocol.Imap4)

         ' For Office 365 user, please change server to:

        'Dim oServer As New MailServer("outlook.office365.com", _
         '   "user@domain", "yourpassword", ServerProtocol.Imap4)

        Dim oClient As New MailClient("TryIt")

        ' Enable SSL connection
        oServer.SSLConnection = True

        ' Set 993 IMAP SSL port
        oServer.Port = 993

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

    End Sub
End Module

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