What is IMAP?

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What is IMAP Protocol?

IMAP( Internet Message Access Protocol) is a standard email protocol. This protocol used to stores the email on a mail server. Here you will see briefly about the IMAP Protocol.

Functions of IMAP Protocol:

Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP) is an application layer internet protocol. Email clients to retrieve email message from a mail server over a TCP/IP connection by using the IMAP protocol. It allows you to access electronic mail or message that are kept on a mail server. It supports multiple logins, it allows the end user to simultaneously connected to the email server with the different device.
This protocol allows an email client to access email on a remote mail server. IMAP offers us to access message from Multiple computers and it is support for concurrent access to shared mailboxes.

Advantages over POP as follows:

Connected and disconnected modes of operation, Multiple clients simultaneously connected to the same mailbox, Access to MIME message parts and partial fetch.

Port Number for IMAP: 

  • An IMAP port number- 143.
  • IMAP port number with SSL/TLS – 993.

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