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imap_bodyRead the message body


string imap_body ( resource $imap_stream , int $msg_number [, int $options = 0 ] )

imap_body() returns the body of the message, numbered msg_number in the current mailbox.

imap_body() will only return a verbatim copy of the message body. To extract single parts of a multipart MIME-encoded message you have to use imap_fetchstructure() to analyze its structure and imap_fetchbody() to extract a copy of a single body component.



An IMAP stream returned by imap_open().


The message number


The optional options are a bit mask with one or more of the following:

  • FT_UID - The msg_number is a UID
  • FT_PEEK - Do not set the \Seen flag if not already set
  • FT_INTERNAL - The return string is in internal format, will not canonicalize to CRLF.

Return Values

Returns the body of the specified message, as a string.

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