DeleteMailbox Method  

Deletes a mailbox from the server.


object.DeleteMailbox( MailboxName )


A string which specifies the name of the mailbox to be deleted.

Return Value

A value of zero is returned if the method succeeds. Otherwise, a non-zero error code is returned which indicates the cause of the failure.


A mailbox cannot be deleted if it contains inferior hierarchical names and has the imapFlagNoSelect attribute. On most systems this is the case when the mailbox name references a directory on the server, and that directory contains other subdirectories or mailboxes. To remove the mailbox, you must first delete any child mailboxes that exist.

If the mailbox that is deleted is the currently selected mailbox, it will be automatically unselected and any messages marked for deletion will be expunged before the mailbox is removed. If the delete operation fails, the client will remain in an unselected state until either the ExamineMailbox or SelectMailbox method is called.

The special mailbox name INBOX is reserved, and cannot be deleted.

See Also

CheckMailbox Method, CreateMailbox Method, ExamineMailbox Method, SelectMailbox Method