GetLive is the answer to accessing your hotmail, now outlook, without using the web or without being limited to the inbox using pop3.
GetLive is a perl script that interfaces with your hotmail, now outlook, account to retrieve your emails. It has 2 operating modes that I call "Classic" and "FreePops".
In "Classic" mode it fetches mail from your hotmail, now outlook, account. The mail is then presented to any filter (typically procmail) for further processing or dropping in a local mailbox. The downloading can be limited to unread mail or to message-ids that were not yet downloaded before. For the latter GetLive keeps track of all downloaded message-ids. Messages can be marked read or moved to a folder after being downloaded.
In "FreePops" mode, GetLive starts up as a POP3 server listening on a port. Your email client would connect to it as it does to any POP3 server. Requests are however translated such that you effectively get your mails from your hotmail/outlook account. Special constructs are possible to interact with more than Inbox. Also in this case messages can be marked read on the account after being read.
./GetLive --config-file ConfigFile [--verbosity N] - ConfigFile : Name or full path to a configuration file, with contents described hereafter. - verbosity : Optional argument, defining the verbosity of the diagnostic messages and taking following values : 0 : Silent 1 : Normal output (default value) 2 : Extensive output 10 : Debugging mode 100 : Heavy debugging mode The configuration file takes arguments of the form option = value. Empty lines or lines commented with # are possible. Following are the possible options : UserName = YourHotmailUserName (without @something) Password = YourHotmailPassword (so restrict the access rights to this configuration file. Domain = YourHotmailDomain (default 'hotmail.com', basically what's after the @ in your address) Proxy = ProxyServer if you're behind one. ProxyAuth = ProxyPassword if you're behind one with password. Downloaded = SomeFileName (it keeps track of all id's of messages that were fetched already) FetchOnlyUnread = Yes or No (default) If Yes only messages that are marked unread are fetched. Downloaded and FetchOnlyUnread are mutual exclusive. CurlBin = CommandForCurl ('curl -k' by default). Processor = FilterCommand ('/usr/bin/procmail' by default). Any filtercommand taking the message in mbox format on its stdin and doing something with it. *) '/bin/cat - >> FetchedMail' might be another interesting one to drop directly in a mbox file. *) The distribution contains also SmtpForward.pl and SmtpAuthForward.pl. Those can be used as 'Processor' to forward the mails to an SMTP server. Folder = FolderName. Folders that need to be fetched. This option must be repeated for each folder you want to fetch. If this option is not present then all folders will be fetched. MarkRead = Yes or No (default) : whether the message will be marked read after being downloaded. By the way : it never gets marked in any way when not downloaded due to it being already in the Downloaded = SomeFileName (see higer) file. Delete = Yes or No (default) : whether the message will be deleted after being downloaded. By the way : it never gets deleted in any way when not downloaded due to it being already in the Downloaded = SomeFileName (see higer) file. MoveToFolder = FolderName or @FileName FolderName is the folder to which the message must be moved after being downloaded. By the way : it never gets moved in any way when not downloaded due to it being already in the Downloaded = SomeFileName (see higer) file. If this argument takes the form @FileName then the FolderName is taken from the contents of the file FileName. The idea is that f.i. a spamfilter can decide to what folder it must be moved. That spamfilter would be part of Processor = FilterCommand (see higher) and write a FolderName (for instance Junk if considered junk) to the file FileName. SkipTrash = Yes or No (default) : whether the Trash folder will be handled (default) or not. SkipJunk = Yes or No (default) : whether the Junk folder will be handled (default) or not. BreakOnAlreadyDownloaded = Number Stop scanning a folder when detecting a sequence of Number messages that is already downloaded. 0 means disabling this feature and is default. Meant to reduce folder scanning.
./GetLive --port PortNumber [--verbosity N] - verbosity : Optional argument, defining the verbosity of the diagnostic messages and taking following values : 0 : Silent 1 : Normal output (default value) 2 : Extensive output 10 : Debugging mode 100 : Heavy debugging mode - PortNumber : The port on which GetLive will listen to incoming connections (and that you thus should use in your client). Your email client should be configured as follows (one account per folder) : Server : localhost and port as defined in PortNumber above. User : email@example.com[?Option=Value][&Option=Value][&Option=Value] ... with Option=Value pairs from : - folder="FolderName" : The folder as displayed in hotmail for the folder you want to interact with. Default : "Inbox". - folderid=N : the folderid you want to interact with : 1 : Inbox 2 : Trash 3 : Sent 5 : Junk - markread=1 : It will mark mails read on your hotmail account if you read them via the the Pop3 Server. - keepmsgstatus=1 : Dummy for FreePops compatibility. Does nothing. (remark GetLive doesn't touch statuses unless asked for) Attention : "Leave on server" option does work. So if you choose in your email client not to leave messages on the server, they will be deleted in your hotmail account.
* UNIX/LINUX * Perl - Mine is v5.8.8, feedback on other working versions welcome. * Windows (WIN32) * Combination reported working : * ActiveState Perl v5.8.8 * Cygwin under Windows * Probably as UNIX/LINUX - feedback welcome.