Fetchyahoo has been deprecated. Use fetchmail instead.
The original intention of fetchyahoo was to replace fetchmail for Yahoo! Mail
since the free Yahoo! Mail supported neither POP nor IMAP. But Yahoo! Mail now
supports IMAP so using fetchmail or standard mail clients is now possible and fetchyahoo is no longer necessary.
Using IMAP with Yahoo! Mail
Instructions for using fetchmail with Yahoo! Mail
Add something like this to your .fetchmailrc file :
poll imap.mail.yahoo.com with proto IMAP service 993
user 'username' there with password 'xxxxxxxxx' is 'me' here
options fetchall ssl
The username does not have @yahoo.com in the string.
The below is for historical purposes only
FetchYahoo is a Perl script that downloads mail from a Yahoo!
account to a local mail spool. It is meant to replace fetchmail
for people using Yahoo! mail since Yahoo!'s POP service
no longer free. It downloads messages to a local mail spool,
including all parts and attachments. It then deletes messages unless
requested not to. It can also optionally forward messages to a specified e-mail
address and repeat with a given interval.
Known issue: Users must uncheck "Turn on SSL" in Yahoo! Mail Options
If you want to be notified when new versions are released, you can join the
fetchyahoo-announce mailing list here.
Related Links - Other Versions/programs (untested and unsupported)
POP3 for Yahoo Mail gives a set of instructions which claim to enable POP3 access to Yahoo Mail for regular accounts and is
reported to work (as of 9/22/09).
- YahooPOPs! is a Windows based utility which does
something similar to FetchYahoo program. The application works as a POP3 emulator to download emails
from Yahoo and make it available via POP. A *nix port is in progress. I have heard good things about this program !
- Hotmail users can try gotmail which does the same thing as FetchYahoo for Hotmail webmail.
- SendYmail is a perl script
to send mail via the Yahoo server. It is designed to be a dropin replacement
- MrPostman is a free software
initiative which uses java to download mail from several webmail providers
(Yahoo, Hotmail, Mail.com and Another) and makes it available using a POP
- Mechanoid is a programmatic
Python browser, which includes a script to send Yahoo Mail.
- Yahoo Mail Sucker (YoSucker) is a Perl script that does almost the same thing as FetchYahoo (and in almost the same way). The feature-set, usage and style of coding are slightly different.
- Windows users can also try out
web2pop which does the same thing as MrPostman above but
natively for Windows. Unfortunately the program costs $20 US.
- This version sets up a POP server on the
computer so that it can be used with any mail client supporting POP fetching
(most windows clients). I am still not sure whether I want to do this in the
main version and if I do, in what form. Credit to Murtaza Nooruddin for this.
This is from a very early version of FetchYahoo and is very broken.
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