Python IMAP Email cleaner – automatic delete old messages

I don’t keep a secret, also I work as a system administrator in an enterprise. I have a corporate mail server with 100+ users. The problem of spam and inbox cleaning has become significant – I couldn’t get users to understand about the need to clean up mailboxes on their own. And I decided to automate this process.
The task is as follows: I need to delete all messages from the spam, junk, trash folders that are older than 30 days. My lead insisted on this time period, although I would give no more than 3 days.

MAIL_SERVER = '' #mail server hostname or IP
MAX_DAYS = 30 #If your message older than 30 days it will be deleted
import csv
import imaplib
import datetime

accounts = {}
with open('accounts.csv') as f:
    accounts = dict(filter(None, csv.reader(f, delimiter=';'))) 
today =
cutoff_date = today - datetime.timedelta(days=MAX_DAYS)
before_date = cutoff_date.strftime('%d-%b-%Y')
search_args = '(BEFORE "%s")' % before_date

#Main CLEANER function
def cleanbox(mailbox, username, pasword):
        print(f'{username} with PASS {pasword}')
        imap = imaplib.IMAP4(MAIL_SERVER)
        imap.login(username, pasword)
        typ, data =, 'ALL', search_args)
        for num in data[0].split():
  , '+FLAGS', '\\Deleted')
        print(f"{mailbox} for {username} Done!")
        print(f"There is no {mailbox} folder for {username}?")

#Now just call cleaner function for your mailboxes for every users from CSV file:

for user, pas in accounts.items():
    cleanbox(mailbox='Junk', username=user, pasword=pas)

for user, pas in accounts.items():
    cleanbox(mailbox='Spam', username=user, pasword=pas)

for user, pas in accounts.items():
    cleanbox(mailbox='Trash', username=user, pasword=pas)

You need create CSV file with users credentials with “;” delimiters:

[email protected];4v4vi[j4pvoj4]v
[email protected];4rv4vioj4v
[email protected];rv4rnin49v
[email protected];rinruv9ijrf9
[email protected];ru9bv4uvbr

On my server, I got almost 3 GB of free disk space. This script can be installed in the cron scheduler to run automatically.

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In the future, I plan to develop a convenient WEB interface using Django.

Link to this pet-project on my

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