Projects / imapbiff


imapbiff is a small perl/tk program that notifies you of new mail in an IMAP mail account. It only checks IMAP accounts, not local mail files or POP accounts. When you do not have any unread messages in your IMAP Inbox, it will display a mailbox icon with the flag lowered. When it detects new messages in your IMAP Inbox, it will beep and raise the flag. Whenever it is querying the IMAP server, a "?" is displayed to indicate that it is checking for messages.

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Recent releases

  •  27 Apr 2010 22:18

    Release Notes: This release adds enter key functionality in password entry.

    •  27 Apr 2010 22:16

      Release Notes: This release adds mailbox (-m) and noquestion (-k) options.

      •  27 Apr 2010 22:15

        Release Notes: This release adds support for custom PNG icons, tips (with the number of unread messages), and SSL site certificates, improves the login window, and fixes a bug which occurred when exiting.

        •  27 Apr 2010 22:12

          Release Notes: This release adds a login/logout mode for every check (in addition to permanent connections), supports alternative configuration files, custom ports, overriding window manager decoration, and a "pos" (position) option, improves the configuration file reader routine, and updates to GPL v3.

          •  14 Jun 2002 01:53

            Release Notes: Support was added to allow you to use SSL to connect to an IMAPS server. The program only logs in to the IMAP server once, and keeps the connection open. Other bugfixes and code cleanups were made.

            Recent comments

            25 Oct 2010 10:24 jeffcovey

            @coffeecat Do you mean you've forked the code? If so, you should try submitting your new version to the current maintainers, then updating the record here once it's available on the project's Website.

            If you want to maintain this record in the future, you may also want to click the "Request ownership" link above, as it's currently owned by someone who hasn't logged in since 2005.


            23 Oct 2010 14:01 coffeecat

            You can contact me at

            23 Oct 2010 13:54 coffeecat

            I have upgraded this little app. Should I send version 2.3 here, to freshmeat? To the git repository? Email someone?

            Bruce <>


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