My college signed me up with Office 365 and I'd like to be able to download the emails and either save to file or print to stdout within a script.

I've already managed to send email with scripts using Mutt, but I haven't found a way to download received email.

Please note that I'll want to download emails as part of something automatic, so a command line interface with ncurses is no good. No human intervention.

Any ideas?


Since you are already using mutt, you can configure the IMAP mailbox in mutt:

You would put in ~/.muttrc a configuration like

set spoolfile="imaps://johndoe:p455w0rd@outlook.office365.com:993/INBOX"

see http://dev.mutt.org/trac/wiki/MuttGuide/UseIMAP

Alternatively, you could download the new mail to a Maildir and process the emails locally (there will be a file per email).

  • How/where do I access the email through a script? – Dziugas Oct 27 '15 at 16:08
  • In other words, where are the emails going to be saved using this method? – Dziugas Oct 27 '15 at 16:43
  • @Dziugas if you are accessing an IMAP mailbox, emails are stored in the email server. – Ángel Oct 29 '15 at 16:16

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