Projects / FetchYahoo


FetchYahoo is a Perl script that downloads mail from a Yahoo! account to a local mail spool. It is meant to replace fetchmail for people using Yahoo! mail since Yahoo!'s POP service is no longer free. It downloads messages to a local mail spool, including all parts and attachments. It then deletes messages unless requested not to. It can also optionally forward messages to a specified email address and repeat with a given interval.

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Recent releases

  •  24 Apr 2011 10:02

    Release Notes: This release adds support for the new Yahoo! Mail Beta.

    •  16 Nov 2010 10:19

      Release Notes: This version has been updated to deal with recent Yahoo login changes and increases the maximum number of messages downloaded per run.

      •  08 Feb 2010 12:47

        Release Notes: This release fixes the downloading of sent messages and allows a user to move messages to a specified Yahoo! folder.

        •  03 Mar 2009 09:58

          Release Notes: This release fixes the display of e-mail HTML alternatives. It also correctly modifies From_ lines in e-mail messages which could have resulted in mailbox corruption.

          •  02 Mar 2009 15:20

            Release Notes: This fixes the downloading of messages with attachments.

            Recent comments

            10 Mar 2004 06:40 goosequill

            The Strength of Perl
            Thank you for your good work in FetchYahoo. This script of yours shows the
            strength of Perl. I am a die-hard Pythonista and downloading Yahoo Mail is
            the first time Python has let me down. Python can do other https cookied
            transactions; but something from Yahoo causes a segfault in the urlopen call.
            Perl, on the other hand, works just fine. And once I learned about
            Perl's CPAN shell for downloading and installing the modules you need, I
            found myself rethinking my ignorance of Perl and found a tutorial on the
            net. So one more thing: thanks for making me take a look at Perl.


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