WebFaction supports IMAP and POP mail protocols, but IMAP is recommended. By default, IMAP leaves messages stored on the mail server, allowing you to access your mail from different computers and devices, while POP typically does not. If you still want to configure your email client to use POP, please see Configuring Other Mail Clients for details.

You can use fetchmail to retrieve mail from WebFaction’s mail servers. To configure fetchmail:

  1. Open your $HOME/.fetchmailrc file in a text editor.

  2. Add the following lines to the file:

    poll mail.webfaction.com with proto IMAP
    user mailbox_name there with password mysecret is username here


    • mailbox_name is the name of the mailbox you configured in the WebFaction control panel,
    • mysecret is the password for the mailbox,
    • and username is your local (not WebFaction) username.


    For more information about configuring fetchmail, please see the fetchmail documentation. It contains important information about how mail is handled after being retrieved from the server.

  3. Save and close .fetchmailrc.

Now, if you enter fetchmail and press Enter, your mail is downloaded.

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