Mail filter to replace MS Word/HTML attachments with plain text

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What is textmail?

textmail filters a mail message or mbox file, replacing MS Word, MS Excel, HTML, RTF and PDF attachments with the plain text contained therein. By default, the following attachments are also deleted: image, audio, video, and MS Windows executables. MS winmail.dat attachments are replaced by any attachments contained therein which are then replaced by text or deleted in the same fashion. Any of these actions can be suppressed with command line options. Mail headers can also be selectively deleted.

This is useful for increasing the accessibility of mail messages (by reducing their dependence on proprietary file formats), for dramatically reducing their size (and the time it takes to download them and the time it takes to read them), and for dramatically reducing the risk of mail-borne viruses). Its intended use is to reduce the size of a personal email archive but it could also be useful as a pre-processor for mailing lists. This is more friendly than a strict "No Attachments" or "No HTML" mailing list policy.

textmail is freely available under the terms of the GNU General Public License, either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.


For more information read the manual entry in the Documentation section.

Supported Platforms

textmail is written in Perl and executes several external programs. It should run on any system with the following software:

textmail does not require any non-standard Perl modules.


There is a manual entry:

textmail(1) - the textmail(1) manpage


textmail-1.0.tar.gz [45123 bytes, 20200625] (SHA256 0a6c0a540230b660b3e0171382733e083b0b2d279e81edb9a380c378d52f0637)
textmail-20070803.tar.gz [14706 bytes, 20070803] (SHA256 d6e0252a4fdd0efe3822e9808976e976172a26937da9bc7a3324ac6d96845fbb)
textmail [49964 bytes, 20070803] (SHA256 3bf852fe692f51bee8a37872f5d8a4811e69726ae33df87ef9592913ca2c6519)

What is textmail? | Features | Supported Platforms | Documentation | Download

Last modified by raf at Thu 25 Jun 20:06:25 AEST 2020