May 26, 2018
Batch mail retrieval utility for IMAP/POP3/ETRN/ODMR
Fetchmail is a full-featured IMAP/POP2/POP3/APOP/KPOP/ETRN/ODMR client with easy configuration, daemon mode, forwarding via SMTP or local MDA, and superior reply handling. It is used to handle intermittent email connections by acting as a coupling that seamlessly batch forwards fetched mail from your mail server to your local delivery system, allowing you to read it with your favourite mail user agent. Fetchmail also includes useful spam filtering and multi-user functions.
A typical use of fetchmail is to connect to your ISP’s POP3 server, downloading your mail into the INBOX on your local computer. You may then read the mail, offline if you want, using pine, mutt, or any standard mail user agent.