Page updated 24 August 2009
For novice users – and those who haven't visited this web site! – figuring out what to type in each of the boxes of the Account Settings dialog can be somewhat intimidating. Fortunately, there is an easier way! Many Internet Service Providers (ISPs) collect their settings into an "internet setup" file that they provide to customers for use with mail clients such as Outlook and Thunderbird. nPOPuk can also read these files; further, the Downloads page includes some sample files for common mail providers such as GMail and HotMail.
The settings listed in this first section are commonly found in setup files, in the [Internet_Mail] section. Note that text values are always enclosed in quotes.
- Determines the account name that appears in the drop-down mailbox list or mailbox pane.
- The hostname of the POP3 server for incoming mail.
- The hostname of the SMTP server for outgoing mail.
- The e-mail address for the account.
- The plain-text name.
- The username, which may be the same as the e-mail address.
- The password. This value is unencrypted!
- Determines whether to use authentication when sending mail.
The settings in this next section match the style used above, but are not typically found in setup files from ISPs. (Since the server is set with POP_Server, one would expect POP_Port to set the port, but this has never been observed in an ISP's setup file. nPOPuk's own setting is named simply Port.)
- Determines whether SSL should be used for incoming mail; overridden by POPSSL.
- The port number for the incoming mail server; note the default is 995 if POP_SSL=1; overridden by Port.
- Determines whether to use the RETR command (some servers are set also to delete mail when messages are retrieved); overridden by NoRETR.
- Determines whether SSL should be used for outgoing mail;
- The port number for the outgoing mail server; overridden by SmtpPort. Note the default is 465 if SMTP_SSL=1.
- Determines whether to use authentication for outgoing mail; overridden by SmtpAuth. Note the default is 1 if Logon_Using_SPA=Yes.
Selects the type of SSL connection:
0 = Automatic
1 = TLS 1.0
2 = SSL 3.0
3 = SSL 2.0
4 = STARTTLS
Overridden by SmtpSSLType.
The remaining settings use the strings found in nPOPuk's own configuration file and are documented on this page.
PopSSL=0 Port=110 (995 if PopSSL) APOP=0 PopSSLType=0 PopSSLVerify=1 PopSSLDepth=-1 PopSSLCert="" PopSSLPkey="" PopSSLPass="" NoRETR=0 NoUIDL=0 CyclicFlag=0 SmtpSSL=0 SmtpPort=25 (465 if SMTP_SSL) PopBeforeSmtp=0 SmtpAuth=0 SmtpAuthType=0 AuthUserPass=0 SmtpSSLType=0 SmtpSSLVerify=1 SmtpSSLDepth=-1 SmtpSSLCert="" SmtpSSLPkey="" SmtpSSLPass=""