(PHP 3, PHP 4, PHP 5)

imap_mail_move -- Move specified messages to a mailbox


bool imap_mail_move ( resource imap_stream, string msglist, string mbox [, int options] )

Moves mail messages specified by msglist to specified mailbox mbox. 如果成功则返回 TRUE,失败则返回 FALSE。.

msglist is a range not just message numbers (as described in RFC2060).

options is a bitmask and may contain the single option:

  • CP_UID - the sequence numbers contain UIDS

See also imap_mail_copy().

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alex at bestgames dot ro
21-Nov-2005 05:36
After using imap_mail_move, imap_mail_copy or imap_delete it is necesary to call imap_expunge() function.
php at guardn dot de
10-Jul-2003 12:06
To move mails via IMAP on an Exchange Server into "Gelschte Objekte" use:

imap_mail_move($mbox, $delmsg, "Gel&APY-schte Objekte");

It took me some tcpdumping to get this out, since both
imap_utf7_encode and

did not translate it right.

dinter at gmx dot de
28-Jan-2003 02:18
I've used a dot in
instead of
and it work's fine.
vlad (
05-Nov-2002 05:37
This keeps biting me time after time. A lot of IMAP servers with quotas don't implement 'move' right - they do a 'copy&delete' instead and don't recognize that this conflicts with their quota implementetions. So, if you try to move a large message, you'll exceed your quota even though moving it does not increase the total size of your mailbox. This is not PHP-specific, but I bet it'll bite someone else besides me, so here you go.
juuuugroid at yahoo dot com
17-Jul-2002 05:28
I had the most trouble with figureing out what the message list was supposed to be.  There was one comment by but i was still terribly confused.  So I searched and searched and searched.  I read rfc2060 over 10 times.  Then BAM!  My brother found it here:

Here is the importand stuff.

Another important field is the SEQUENCE, which identifies a set of messages by consecutive numbers from 1 to n where n is the number of messages in the mailbox.  A sequence may consist of a single number, a pair of numbers delimited by colon (equivalent to all numbers between those two numbers), or a list of single numbers or number pairs.  For example, the sequence 2,4:7,9,12:15 is equivalent to
   2,4,5,6,7,9,12,13,14,15 and identifies all those messages.

There is what I know about it.  BAM!
laurent dot penou at gadz dot org
18-Aug-2001 03:28
to complete the previous example, if the mbox/folders names are

and you want to copy/move from INBOX to INBOX/test this is the syntax:

$mbox = imap_open("{}INBOX",$mailuser,$mailpass)
     or die("can't connect: ".imap_last_error());

Hope this could help !
ian at showstar dot com
21-Jan-2000 10:41
<pre>The syntax for the message list is defined in RFC2060
It is a string, containing a list of message numbers and ranges, separated by commas (no spaces anywhere.) For example, "1,2,5,11:15,19" would be accepted by imap_mail_copy or imap_mail_move.
A range of messages is defined as two message numbers separated by a colon (Ex. "1:10".) Also, a "*" may be used to refer to the last message in a mailbox. (Ex. "1:*" refers to all messages)
Be careful not to use the same mailbox for source and destination, especially if you expunge the mailbox immediately afterwards; the message will be copied (back over itself), flagged as deleted (by the imap_mail_move function), and then expunged.

The following code will move the messages in the $msg_no[] array from the folder in $mbox_name to the folder in $newmbox_name: ($mbox is an already-opened imap stream)

if ($mbox_name != $newmbox_name) {
  $messageset = implode (",",$msg_no);
portico dot nospam at neverwas dot net
11-Jan-2000 07:17
This function works, just not like everything else IMAP in PHP3... rather than feeding the server {server.ext/type:port}folder just feed it the folder's name.
matt at bonneau dot net
21-Dec-1999 07:49
This function copies the mail and then marks the source as deleted.  In order to see the changes, you must <PRE>imap_expunge</PRE> the source box.