Downloading Gmail attachments in PHP – an update

Over the last few years I’ve received quite some queries regarding the article Downloading Gmail attachments using PHP published here. After procrastinating for some time (a long time actually), I’ve answered some of the queries in this updated post.

As mentioned in the earlier post, automatically extracting attachments from Gmail can be important for reasons where you need to process the attached files periodically with a CRON job or need to process the files programmatically. Also it can be useful for automatically archiving important attachments.
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Adding actions to Gmail using Schemas

Recently, Google introduced Schemas in Gmail messages to allow developers to deliver a more interactive email experience integrated with their web app. Schemas in emails can be used to represent various types of entities and actions. Email clients that understand schemas, such as Gmail, can render entities and actions defined in the messages with a consistent user interface. In the case of Gmail, this means that the emails can display quick action buttons that let users take actions directly from their inboxes, essentialy allowing them to tie their web app with Gmail for a more integrative experience.
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Downloading Gmail attachments using PHP

Automatically extracting attachments from Gmail can be important for reasons where you need to process the attached files periodically with a CRON job. Also it can be useful for automatically archiving important attachments. Below is a simple proof-of-concept plain PHP code, devoid of any object-oriented features that extracts attachments from your Gmail account. It uses PHPs imap extension to access the inbox.
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