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Applies to: Exchange Online, Exchange Server 2016

This cmdlet is available in on-premises Exchange Server 2016 and in the cloud-based service. Some parameters and settings may be exclusive to one environment or the other.

Use the Get-InboxRule cmdlet to view Inbox rule properties. Inbox rules are used to process messages in the Inbox based on conditions specified and take actions such as moving a message to a specified folder or deleting a message.

For information about the parameter sets in the Syntax section below, see Syntax.

Get-InboxRule [-Identity <InboxRuleIdParameter>] [-DescriptionTimeFormat <String>] [-DescriptionTimeZone <ExTimeZoneValue>] [-DomainController <Fqdn>] [-IncludeHidden <SwitchParameter>] [-Mailbox <MailboxIdParameter>]

This example retrieves all Inbox rules for the mailbox Joe@Contoso.com.

Get-InboxRule -Mailbox Joe@Contoso.com

This example retrieves the Inbox rule ReceivedLastYear from the mailbox joe@contoso.com on which the ReceivedBeforeDate parameter was set when the rule was created. The DescriptionTimeFormat and DescriptionTimeZone parameters are used in this example to specify formatting of the time and the time zone used in the rule's Description property.

Get-InboxRule "ReceivedLastYear" -Mailbox joe@contoso.com -DescriptionTimeFormat "mm/dd/yyyy" -DescriptionTimeZone "Pacific Standard Time"

You need to be assigned permissions before you can run this cmdlet. Although all parameters for this cmdlet are listed in this topic, you may not have access to some parameters if they're not included in the permissions assigned to you. To see what permissions you need, see the "Inbox rules" entry in the Recipients Permissions topic.


Parameter Required Type Description




The DescriptionTimeFormat parameter specifies the format in which time values are returned in the rule description. You must use standard time value format settings, for example:

mm/dd/yyyy, where mm is the 2-digit month, dd is the 2-digit day, and yyyy is the 4-digit year.




The DescriptionTimeZone parameter specifies the format in which the time zone for time values is returned in the rule description. Use a valid Microsoft Windows time zone name.

You can use the Windows PowerShell command-line interface to retrieve time zone names from the registry, for example:

$timezone = Get-ChildItem "HKLM :\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Time zones" | For-Each {Get-ItemProperty $_.PSPath}; $timezone | Format-Table pschildname,display -auto




This parameter is available only in on-premises Exchange 2016.

The DomainController parameter specifies the domain controller that's used by this cmdlet to read data from or write data to Active Directory. You identify the domain controller by its fully qualified domain name (FQDN). For example, dc01.contoso.com.




The Identity parameter specifies the identity of an Inbox rule.




This parameter is reserved for internal Microsoft use.




The Mailbox parameter specifies the mailbox to which the Inbox rule belongs. You can use one of the following values:

  • GUID

  • Distinguished name (DN)

  • Domain\Account

  • User principal name (UPN)

  • LegacyExchangeDN

  • SmtpAddress

  • Alias

To see the input types that this cmdlet accepts, see Cmdlet Input and Output Types. If the Input Type field for a cmdlet is blank, the cmdlet doesn’t accept input data.

To see the return types, which are also known as output types, that this cmdlet accepts, see Cmdlet Input and Output Types. If the Output Type field is blank, the cmdlet doesn’t return data.

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