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(Node.js) Search IMAP Mailbox for Email Matching Criteria

Searching an IMAP mailbox for messages that match search criteria.

Install Chilkat for Node.js and Electron using npm at

Chilkat npm packages for Node.js

Chilkat npm packages for Electron

on Windows, Linux, MacOSX, and ARM

var os = require('os');
if (os.platform() == 'win32') {  
    if (os.arch() == 'ia32') {
        var chilkat = require('@chilkat/ck-node11-win-ia32');
    } else {
        var chilkat = require('@chilkat/ck-node11-win64'); 
    }
} else if (os.platform() == 'linux') {
    if (os.arch() == 'arm') {
        var chilkat = require('@chilkat/ck-node11-arm');
    } else if (os.arch() == 'x86') {
        var chilkat = require('@chilkat/ck-node11-linux32');
    } else {
        var chilkat = require('@chilkat/ck-node11-linux64');
    }
} else if (os.platform() == 'darwin') {
    var chilkat = require('@chilkat/ck-node11-macosx');
}

function chilkatExample() {

    // This example requires the Chilkat API to have been previously unlocked.
    // See Global Unlock Sample for sample code.

    var imap = new chilkat.Imap();

    // Connect to an IMAP server.
    // Use TLS
    imap.Ssl = true;
    imap.Port = 993;
    var success = imap.Connect("imap.someMailServer.com");
    if (success !== true) {
        console.log(imap.LastErrorText);
        return;
    }

    // Login
    success = imap.Login("myLogin","myPassword");
    if (success !== true) {
        console.log(imap.LastErrorText);
        return;
    }

    // Select an IMAP mailbox
    success = imap.SelectMailbox("Inbox");
    if (success !== true) {
        console.log(imap.LastErrorText);
        return;
    }

    // messageSet: MessageSet
    var messageSet;
    // We can choose to fetch UIDs or sequence numbers.
    var fetchUids = true;

    // Here are examples of different search criteria:

    // Return all messages.
    var allMsgs = "ALL";

    // Search for already-answered emails.
    var answered = "ANSWERED";

    // Search for messages on a specific date.
    // The date string is DD-Month-YYYY where Month is
    // Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, or Dec.
    var onDate = "SENTON 05-Mar-2007";

    // Search for messages between two dates.  SENTBEFORE
    // finds emails sent before a date, and SENTSINCE finds
    // email sent on or after a date.  The "AND" operation
    // is implied by joining criteria, separated by spaces.
    var betweenDates = "SENTSINCE 01-Mar-2007 SENTBEFORE 05-Mar-2007";

    // Another example of AND: find all unanswered emails
    // sent after 04-Mar-2007 with "Problem" in the subject:
    var complexSearch1 = "UNANSWERED SENTSINCE 04-Mar-2007 Subject \"Problem\"";

    // Find messages with a specific string in the body:
    var bodySearch = "BODY \"problem solved\"";

    // Using OR.  The syntax is OR <criteria1> <criteria2>. 
    // The "OR" comes first, followed by each criteria.
    // For example, to match all emails with "Help" or "Question" in the subject.
    // You'll notice that literal strings may be quoted or unquoted.
    // If a literal contains SPACE characters, quote it:
    var orSearch = "OR SUBJECT Help SUBJECT Question";

    // ----------------------------------------------
    // Strings are case-insensitive when searching....
    // ----------------------------------------------

    // Find all emails sent from yahoo.com addresses:
    var fromSearch = "FROM yahoo.com";
    // Find all emails sent from anyone with "John" in their name:
    var johnSearch = "FROM John";

    // Find emails with the RECENT flag set:
    var recentSearch = "RECENT";

    // Find emails that don't have the recent flag set:
    var notRecentSearch = "NOT RECENT";
    // This is synonymous with "OLD":
    var oldSearch = "OLD";

    // Find all emails marked for deletion:
    var markedForDeleteSearch = "DELETED";

    // Find all emails having a specified header field with a value
    // containing a substring:
    var headerSearch = "HEADER DomainKey-Signature paypal.com";

    // Find any emails having a specific header field.  If the 
    // 2nd argument to the "HEADER" criteria is an empty string,
    // any email having the header field is returned regardless
    // of the header field's content.
    // Find any emails with a DomainKey-Signature field:
    var headerExistsSearch = "HEADER DomainKey-Signature \"\"";

    // Find NEW emails: these are emails that have the RECENT flag
    // set, but not the SEEN flag:
    var newSearch = "NEW";

    // Find emails larger than a certain number of bytes:
    var sizeLargerSearch = "LARGER 500000";

    // Find emails marked as seen or not already seen:
    var seenSearch = "SEEN";
    var notSeenSearch = "NOT SEEN";

    // Find emails having a given substring in the TO header field:
    var toSearch = "TO support@chilkatsoft.com";
    // A more long-winded way to do the same thing:
    var toSearch2 = "HEADER TO support@chilkatsoft.com";

    // Find emails smaller than a size in bytes:
    var smallerSearch = "SMALLER 30000";

    // Find emails that have a substring anywhere in the header
    // or body:
    var fullSubstringSearch = "TEXT \"Zip Component\"";

    // Pass any of the above strings here to test a search:
    messageSet = imap.Search(orSearch,fetchUids);
    if (imap.LastMethodSuccess == false) {
        console.log(imap.LastErrorText);
        return;
    }

    // Fetch the email headers into a bundle object:
    // bundle: EmailBundle
    var bundle;
    bundle = imap.FetchHeaders(messageSet);
    if (imap.LastMethodSuccess == false) {

        console.log(imap.LastErrorText);
        return;
    }

    // Display the Subject and From of each email.
    var i = 0;
    while (i < bundle.MessageCount) {
        // email: Email
        var email;
        email = bundle.GetEmail(i);

        console.log(email.GetHeaderField("Date"));
        console.log(email.Subject);
        console.log(email.From);
        console.log("--");

        i = i+1;
    }

    // Disconnect from the IMAP server.
    success = imap.Disconnect();


}

chilkatExample();

 

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