Email: Access Emails on the File System
In this article, we will show you how to read/delete emails directly from the file system. This can be used if your email is over quota and you need to make space by deleting emails.
You will need a FTP or sFTP client. For this demonstration, we will be using WinSCP.
1) Open your (s)FTP client and connect to your account.
- The main directories are self explanatory, these would be directories like .Trash, .Sent, .Drafts.
- Each of those directories (including the main directory [which is the inbox]) will contain 3 other directories, cur, tmp,and new.
- cur — This directory will contain all email that has been delivered and read in the past via mail client or webmail
- new — This directory will contain all email that has been delivered but has not yet been read by the customer via mail client or webmail (unread mail)
- tmp — This directory contains any temporary files and or mail that is in the process of being delivered but has not yet been delivered to the customer’s account.
Please Note: Reading the raw email may be difficult because it also includes the email headers. Scroll down to the bottom to find the body of the email message.