Retrieve an Email from a POP3 Server
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This example demonstrates how to retrieve an email from a POP3 server and save the message's contents on your hard drive. The message will not be deleted from your POP3 account, so you could actually retrieve it again if you needed to.


Additional Prerequisites


The user account you specify should have at least one email message on the POP server in order for this example to work. An email can be sent to the account you specify with a different example, click here.


Prepared Example Files



The archive contains one file:



Batch File Contents


This is the content of the batch file:


NetMailBot.exe -receive -popreceive 1 -popserver localhost -popuser -poppassword secret






  1. Unzip the file. This will produce a directory called "RetrieveAnEmail". Open this directory.
  2. Open Notepad and edit the batch file "RetrieveAnEmail.bat". Change the values of the following parameters:


NOTE: The parameter -receive is required whenever using the POP3 parameters; this parameter puts NetMailBot into what might be called "POP3 mode" as opposed to "SMTP mode" which is for sending mails.


  1. Invoke the batch file by double-clicking the icon or straight from the command line.
  2. An email message from your POP3 mail server should be downloaded and the message parts should be saved to your hard drive in a folder named "pop" under your System Temporary Directory. The original message should still be in your POP3 account's message queue.