2. Getting started

2.1. Connecting to the server

To be able to do anything, of course we first need to connect to a Kopano server. For non-interactive use, we recommend to do this as follows:

import kopano

server = kopano.Server()

If the Kopano server is on another system, we can specify how to connect to it as follows:

import kopano

server = kopano.Server(

Python-kopano will first look at any specified settings, then /etc/kopano/admin.cfg, and if there is nothing, it will fall back to the local server.

2.2. Opening a store

Now that we are connected to a Kopano server, let us open a certain user store.

store = server.user('<username>').store

One can also use the following shortcut, so that an explicit server object is not needed. Such shortcuts are especially meant to be used in interactive-mode (that is, from a Python shell). In non-interactive mode, we recommend to always use an explicit server object.

store = kopano.user('<username>').store

2.3. Opening a folder

A folder can be opened from a store using a folder name (or path):

inbox = store.folder('Inbox')
other_folder = store.folder('Inbox/some_subfolder')

For special folders, there is usually a simpler way:

inbox = store.inbox
junk = store.junk

To know the number of items in a folder:

count = inbox.count

Note that it is usually not needed to use an explicit store object. If there’s no ambiguity, we can directly use the user object.

inbox = user.inbox

2.4. Looping over folder items and their properties

Let’s loop over all items in a certain folder:

for item in user.junk:
    print(item.received, item.subject)

A MAPI item is basically just a collection of MAPI properties. Here’s how to loop over them:

for prop in item:
    print(prop, prop.value)

Let’s access a specific property, which holds the subject of the respective item:

from MAPI.Tags import PR_SUBJECT_W # python-mapi

2.5. Sending an email

item = user.outbox.create_item(
    subject='test email',
    body='Hi john!')

2.6. Where to go from here

After going through these basic examples, we hope our Reference Guide can help you further.