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Notify your nodejs scripts of incoming imap mail.


Send mail event for each new email in IMAP INBOX.


Start listening new mails :

var notifier = require('mail-notifier');
var imap = {
  user: "yourimapuser",
  password: "yourimappassword",
  host: "",
  port: 993, // imap port 
  tls: true,// use secure connection 
  tlsOptions: { rejectUnauthorized: false }

Keep it running forever :

var n = notifier(imap);
n.on('end', function () { // session closed 
  console.log(m.from[0].address, m.subject);


$ npm install mail-notifier



The constructor function creates a new notifier. Parameter provide options needed for imap connection. config :

  • host : imap server host
  • port : imap server port number
  • user : imap user name
  • password : imap password
  • tls : need a tle connection to server
  • tlsOptions : see tls module options
  • markSeen: mark mail as read defaults to true
  • box : mail box read from defaults to 'INBOX'
  • search: search query defaults to ['UNSEEN']

For backward compatibility username is also supported.


Start listening for incomming emails.


Stop listening and close IMAP connection.



Sent when a connection to the server has been made.


Sent on incoming new unread email. The parsed Mail is given as first parameter to the event listener.


Sent when an error occurs with the IMAP connection. The first parameter is the err object.


Sent when the IMAP connection is closed. This usually happens after a stop method call.


This module relies heavily on node-imap. For more advanced usage, please consider using it directly.


Debugging is enabled via the visionmedia/debug module.

To enable debug info add mailnotifier to the DEBUG env variable :

$>DEBUG=mailnotifier node sample/simple-mail-notifier.js

Or to also have imap module debug info :

$>DEBUG=mailnotifier,imap node sample/simple-mail-notifier.js