Getting User Email Settings

Andre Garzia soapdog at
Thu Jan 27 22:09:47 EST 2005


There are many email users that do not know their email settings, a CD 
given by the ISP will set the thing up.


I know how to retrieve user info on OS X, I did it sometime ago, there 
are more than one way to do it. What settings are you looking for? The 
easiest way to find your way in  is to look into the 
Library/Mail folder inside the Home folder of a user (~/Library/Mail) 
this folder will contain folders that will describe the email accounts, 
the name of the folders will contain the email and also the protocol 
used to retrieve the emails.

For the rest of the info, you can look inside the .plist of or 
use the command line utility called scutil which will give you access 
to all the prefs data in the system (but it's a little awkard to use) 
or the command line util called defaults which is very easy to use, 
I'll put two examples below:

defaults read MailAccounts

this reads and displays all info for the incomming mail accounts.

defaults read DeliveryAccounts

this reads and displays all info for the delivery accounts.

Using defaults is better than parsing .plists....


On Jan 27, 2005, at 11:05 PM, Richard Gaskin wrote:

> libSMTP is still useful.  If the user doesn't know their own email 
> settings, how did they set up their main email client?
Andre Alves Garzia ð 2004 ð BRAZIL

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