Moving emails to new host with imapsync

More info about imapsync here

Install imapsync

CentOS 7, Works on cPanel servers too

yum install epel-release && yum install imapsync

Once installed check and make sure it works.

imapsync --version

If it gives you the version number you should be good to go.

Move email account

imapsync --host1 --user1 --password1  "password1" --host2 --user2 --password2  "password2"

Example :

imapsync --host1 --user1 --password1  "password1" --host2 --user2 --password2  "password2"

Moving Multiple accounts

Best way to move multiple accounts is to use a script and and a list that contains all the usernames and passwords to the accounts you want to move.

example scripts can be found on the imapsync website here is a script example and here is the example file.txt

Example script.

# $Id:,v 1.6 2015/11/04 18:23:04 gilles Exp gilles $

# Example for imapsync massive migration on Unix systems.
# See also
# Data is supposed to be in file.txt in the following format:
# host001_1;user001_1;password001_1;host001_2;user001_2;password001_2;
# ...
# Separator is character semi-colon ";" it can be changed by any character changing IFS=';' 
# in the while loop below.
# # Each line contains 6 columns, columns are parameter values for 
# --host1 --user1 --password1 --host2 --user2 --password2
# and a trailing empty fake column to avaid CR LF part going 
# in the 6th parameter password2. Don't forget the last semicolon.
# You can add extra options after the variable "$@" 
# Use character backslash \ at the end of each suplementary line, except for the last one.
# You can also pass extra options via the parameters of this script since
# they will be in "$@"

# The credentials filename "file.txt" used for the loop can be renamed 
# by changing "file.txt" below.

echo Looping on account credentials found in file.txt

{ while IFS=';' read  h1 u1 p1 h2 u2 p2 fake
        { echo "$h1" | egrep "^#" ; } > /dev/null && continue # this skip commented lines in file.txt
        echo "==== Starting imapsync from host1 $h1 user1 $u1 to host2 $h2 user2 $u2 ===="
        imapsync --host1 "$h1" --user1 "$u1" --password1 "$p1" \
                 --host2 "$h2" --user2 "$u2" --password2 "$p2" \
        echo "==== Ended imapsync from host1 $h1 user1 $u1 to host2 $h2 user2 $u2 ===="
} < file.txt

Example list of accounts to;;password1;;;password2;


How to use,

You can run these command from a Linux computer

Download script


Make the script executable

chmod +x

Create a text file named “imapsync_list.txt”

This file will contain the mail server to transfer from, username, and password, and then the mail server to transfer to, username and password.  Add one line per account.


Execute the script to start moving mail



In the username you may need to use the username@domainname.tld, so if the username is bob, and the mail domain is, use for the username in the imapsync_list.txt.

cPanel Logs

How to view the logs

There are multiple ways to view log files, here are some common ways.

tail the log, shows the 10 most recent log entries.

tail /var/log/messages

tail the log and keep monitoring it for new entries.

tail -f /var/log/messages

Find specific info in log file

cat /var/log/messages | grep texttosearch


cPanel Log Paths

Main log


Access logs


Access logs for a specific domain


Account Transfers/ Miscilanius logs


Auditing Log (Account creation and deletions)


Backup Logs




DNSAdmin, DNS Clustering


Task Queue Processing Daemon




Easy Apache Build logs


Error logs


License log


local database modifications


Login errors CPSRVD


Bandwidth History


Service Status Logs


Tailwatch log


Update Analysis Reporting


Update log UPCP



cPanel Email Logs


Horde log




Squirrel Mail


Panic log


Delivery and receipt log


Incoming mail queue


Log of messages rejected based on ACLS or other policies


Unexpected/Fatal error log


IMAP, POP login attempts, transactions, fatal errors and spam scoring

/var/log/maillog /var/log/messages





MySQL error log


MySQL slow query log (if enabled in my.cnf)



How To “Unblock” an IP from cPHulk from the Command Line

cPHulk uses a MySQL database to keep track of different IP’s to block, white list, black list, etc.

When there have been X amount of failed login attempts from an IP, cPHulk adds an entry for the IP in the brutes table.

To “unblock” the IP we need to delete the entry.

open up the cPHulk MySQL database.

root@localhost [~]# mysql cphulkd

If your interested you can view all tables that cPHulk uses.

show tables;

Take a look at all the IP’s in the brutes table.



mysql> SELECT IP FROM brutes;
| IP            |
| |     <--  IP we want to unblock
| |
2 rows in set (0.00 sec)


To unblock the IP we just need to delete the row that has the IP address we want.

mysql> DELETE FROM brutes WHERE IP="";

It should return the following.

mysql> DELETE FROM brutes WHERE IP="";
Query OK, 1 row affected (0.00 sec)


Exit MySQL.

mysql> exit
root@localhost [~]#