Pop goes the email !!

A requirement to download emails from a pop account and have them stored on disk for further processing led me to a great tool.

Command Line POP Client v 1.01

The author describes it simply as :

Command Line POP Client is a free console utility that allows you to receive your e-mails to a local directory. It is suitable for batch jobs or whenever there is a need to download e-mails as files into a folder. This mail receiver supports the POP3 protocol and is both robust and light weight. The settings are defined in an xml file.

This e-mail client is compatible for Windows 95, 98, Me, NT, 2000, XP and 2003.

This probably saved me days of effort in getting directly to what I needed – the emails on disk ready for further processing. So if you need a simple tool to get pop email transferred under program control – or scheduled if you use windows built in scheduler. Another article will cover the use of the emails on disk.

PS – why not drop the author a Paypal donation if you find this works for you – maybe he’ll come up with other great tools !!!

To use the tool simply update the demo config file with the settings that match your pop account and invoke from the command line as

popclient.exe -configfile democonfig.xml

watch it download the files (deleting them from the server if you require) and take a look at the emails in their text file glory.