This module defines a class, POP3, which encapsulates a
connection to an POP3 server and implements the protocol as defined in
RFC 1725. The POP3 class supports both the minimal and
optional command sets.
Note that POP3, though widely supported, is obsolescent. The
implementation quality of POP3 servers varies widely, and too many are
quite poor. If your mailserver supports IMAP, you would be better off
imaplib.IMAP4 class, as IMAP
servers tend to be better implemented.
A single class is provided by the poplib module:
- class POP3(host[, port])
This class implements the actual POP3 protocol. The connection is
created when the instance is initialized.
If port is omitted, the standard POP3 port (110) is used.
One exception is defined as an attribute of the poplib module:
- exception error_proto
Exception raised on any errors. The reason for the exception is
passed to the constructor as a string.
- Module imaplib:
- The standard Python IMAP module.
- Frequently Asked Questions About Fetchmail
- The FAQ for the fetchmail POP/IMAP client collects
information on POP3 server variations and RFC noncompliance
that may be useful if you need to write an application based
on the POP protocol.
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