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INTERNET MESSAGE ACCESS PROTOCOL - VERSION 4rev1 (RFC3501)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000011810D
Original Publication Date: 2003-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Mar-18

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Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

M. Crispin: AUTHOR

Abstract

The Internet Message Access Protocol, Version 4rev1 (IMAP4rev1) allows a client to access and manipulate electronic mail messages on a server. IMAP4rev1 permits manipulation of mailboxes (remote message folders) in a way that is functionally equivalent to local folders. IMAP4rev1 also provides the capability for an offline client to resynchronize with the server.

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Network Working Group� � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � M. Crispin

Request for Comments: 3501� � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � University of Washington

Obsoletes: 2060� � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � March 2003

Category: Standards Track

� � � � � � � � � � � INTERNET MESSAGE ACCESS PROTOCOL - VERSION 4rev1

Status of this Memo

� � This document specifies an Internet standards track protocol for the

� � Internet community, and requests discussion and suggestions for

� � improvements.� Please refer to the current edition of the "Internet

� � Official Protocol Standards" (STD 1) for the standardization state

� � and status of this protocol.� Distribution of this memo is unlimited.

Copyright Notice

� � Copyright (C) The Internet Society (2003).� All Rights Reserved.

Abstract

� � The Internet Message Access Protocol, Version 4rev1 (IMAP4rev1)

� � allows a client to access and manipulate electronic mail messages on

� � a server.� IMAP4rev1 permits manipulation of mailboxes (remote

� � message folders) in a way that is functionally equivalent to local

� � folders.� IMAP4rev1 also provides the capability for an offline

� � client to resynchronize with the server.

� � IMAP4rev1 includes operations for creating, deleting, and renaming

� � mailboxes, checking for new messages, permanently removing messages,

� � setting and clearing flags, RFC 2822 and RFC 2045 parsing, searching,

� � and selective fetching of message attributes, texts, and portions

� � thereof.� Messages in IMAP4rev1 are accessed by the use of numbers.

� � These numbers are either message sequence numbers or unique

� � identifiers.

� � IMAP4rev1 supports a single server.� A mechanism for accessing

� � configuration information to support multiple IMAP4rev1 servers is

� � discussed in RFC 2244.

� � IMAP4rev1 does not specify a means of posting mail; this function is

� � handled by a mail transfer protocol such as RFC 2821.

Crispin� � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � Standards Track� � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � [Page 1]

RFC 3501� � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � IMAPv4� � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � March 2003

Table of Contents

� � IMAP4rev1 Protocol Specification ................................� 4

� � 1.� � � � � How to Read This Document ...............................� 4

� � 1.1.� � � Organization of This Document ...........................� 4

� � 1.2.� � � Conventions Used in This Document .......................� 4

� � 1.3.� � � Special Notes to Implementors ...........................� 5

� � 2.� � � � � Protocol Overview .......................................� 6

� � 2.1.� � � Link Level ..............................................� 6

� � 2.2.� � � Commands and Responses ..................................� 6

� � 2.2.1.� Client Protocol Sender and Server Protocol Receiver .....� 6

� � 2.2.2.� Server Protocol Sender and Client Protoco...