Utility for exporting attachments from mbox files
mboxattachments is a Python class for extracting all embedded files in a group of emails. It was developed to assist in the running of a photography club. Members of the club would regularly send emails containing images to the club secretary. The secretary would manually save the attachments, organize those files, and prepare a show for the members. The manual saving process was time consuming and error prone.
This utility allows downloading all the attachments in a set of emails contained in an mbox file. Conveniently, gmail permits exporting emails as mbox files
On debian and Windows 7 the following is known to work
pip install mboxattachments
mboxattachments --exportpath images emails.mbox
mboxattachments --filter_from flur --exportpath images emails.mbox
The above line will test all email messages in the file emails.mbox to see the the senders name (FROM field) matches the regular expression flur. If an mail matches, all of its attachments will be written to a file in the directory images.
mboxattachments --SQstart 1000 --exportpath images emails.mbox
The above command will save the attachments from every file in emails.bmox. The file names will be of the form SQ1000…., SQ1001…., SQ1003….
options: specify output directory filter by sender filter by recipient filter by date specify destination diretory for attachments set sequence number field starting value (default 0) usage: mboxattachments [--help] [--version] [--debug] [--filter_from regexp] [--filter_to regexp] [--filter_date regexp] [--exportpath path] [--SQstart value] input_mbox_file ... attachments are stored as separate files file names are of the form <sequence number>-<email subject>-<email sender>-<file name of attachment> for example, a possible file name is SQ0146-CellPhone - Actionfirstname.lastname@example.orgPrettyPicture.jpg ------ ------------------ ----------------- ------------------- seqnum email subject sender file name in email
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