IMAP IDLE

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In email technology, IDLE is an IMAP feature described in RFC 2177 that allows a client to indicate to the server that it is ready to accept real-time notifications.

Significance[edit]

The IDLE feature allows IMAP email users to immediately receive any mailbox changes without having to undertake any action such as clicking on a refresh button, or having the email client automatically and repeatedly ask the server for new messages.

Usage[edit]

IMAP4 servers that support IDLE will include the programming string "IDLE" in the result of their CAPABILITY command. This allows email users to receive near instant notification of a new email.

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Software[edit]

Client software with support for IMAP IDLE
Server software with support for IMAP IDLE

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