Email processing in Python

Bill Campbell freebsd at
Mon Mar 24 13:22:37 PDT 2008

On Mon, Mar 24, 2008, Giorgos Keramidas wrote:
>On Mon, 24 Mar 2008 15:12:03 -0400, Robert Huff <roberthuff at> wrote:
>>Giorgos Keramidas writes:
>>> No, there's no library for `email processing' in the C standard.  You
>>> can probably find a lot of non-standard ones, by Googling however :)
>>> It's worth writing that plain C is the wrong language for this
>>> sort of thing, if you ask me.  There are excellent high-level
>>> libraries in Perl, and Python to do this sort of thing.
>> On one hand, that's probably true.
>> On the other hand: I know zero Python and this much > < Perl.  I tried
>> Perl, actually, and couldn't find the functions I needed.
>Heh, fair enough.  It may be a good chance to start learning Python
>though.  It's always a lot more fun to have a *real* task to do, instead
>of fictional `exercises'.

Python has quite a few routines that handle e-mail which are well
documented in the Python Library Reference:

The ``email'' module does much the same as the perl Mail::Internet 
modules (I've written a wrapper for python's email library that
basically implements the perl API to make porting my old perl
routines to python :-).

The ``poplib'' and ``imaplib'' modules make accessing POP and
IMAP servers pretty easy as well.

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