Mailbox IMAP

The Qlik Mailbox IMAP connector lets you fetch emails and email content, such as information about attachments, from any mailbox that uses the IMAP email protocol.

For mailboxes that use the POP3 email protocol, see Mailbox POP3.

Ways to access your data

To access your IMAP mailbox data, you need to authenticate the connector with your mailbox server details. After you create a new connection and select Mailbox IMAP as your data source, you need to enter the server address and the port number for the mailbox you want to connect to, along with your username and password.

Configuring email clients

You need to enable IMAP access for your account, through your mailbox client. The configurations for some of the most common email clients are described below.

Gmail

To download email data from Gmail, you must first ensure that IMAP access is enabled in your Gmail settings.

Do the following:

  1. Enter imap.gmail.com in the server field.
  2. Set the port number to 993.
  3. Select Use SSL.
  4. Enter your username and password.

Microsoft Exchange

From privately administered Exchange servers:

From Office 365 or Microsoft Exchange accounts:

From shared Microsoft Exchange mailboxes:

  • To access shared mailboxes that are not associated with a specific user account, use one of the following formats for your username:
    • my@emailaddress.com/sharedmailboxname
    • domain\myusername\sharedmailboxname

Loading data from tables

Table Description
ImapFolder Use this table to fetch the names and the message count of the folders in your mailbox.
ImapMessagesInFolder Use this table to fetch the messages and details from a mailbox folder. The table returns message IDs which are required for other tables.
ImapMessageHeaders

Use this table to fetch the message headers and header values for a message ID.

The IMAP message ID is the UID value from the MessagesInFolder table.

ImapMessageDownloadAttachment

Use this table to fetch information about message attachments. You need to specify the message ID and the attachment name.

The IMAP message ID is the UID value from the MessagesInFolder table.

Troubleshooting

You Gmail username and password are not accepted when creating a connection

Possible cause  

Your Gmail has 2-factor authentication enabled, which is preventing the Mailbox IMAP connector from establishing a connection using your normal credentials. You will see an error message pointing out that your username and password are invalid.

Proposed action  

Create an app-specific password, then use this password to configure your Mailbox IMAP connector.

Google blocks sign-in attempt from the Qlik Web Connectors

Possible cause  

Google sometimes blocks third-party apps trying to connect to Gmail through IMAP, even on accounts that do not have 2-factor authentication enabled. You may see an error message that your username and password are invalid, or that you need to log in from a browser.

Proposed action  

Allow less secure apps to connect to your Gmail account through IMAP.

You cannot connect to the IMAP server

Possible cause  

IMAP access is not enabled.

Proposed action  

Verify that the email account you want to connect to has IMAP enabled.

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