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Package enmime implements a MIME encoding and decoding library. It's built on top of Go's included mime/multipart support where possible, but is geared towards parsing MIME encoded emails. The enmime API has two conceptual layers. The lower layer is a tree of Part structs, representing each component of a decoded MIME message. The upper layer, called an Envelope provides an intuitive way to interact with a MIME message. Calling ReadParts causes enmime to parse the body of a MIME message into a tree of Part objects, each of which is aware of its content type, filename and headers. The content of a Part is available as a slice of bytes via the Content field. If the part was encoded in quoted-printable or base64, it is decoded prior to being placed in Content. If the Part contains text in a character set other than utf-8, enmime will attempt to convert it to utf-8. To locate a particular Part, pass a custom PartMatcher function into the BreadthMatchFirst() or DepthMatchFirst() methods to search the Part tree. BreadthMatchAll() and DepthMatchAll() will collect all Parts matching your criteria. ReadEnvelope returns an Envelope struct. Behind the scenes a Part tree is constructed, and then sorted into the correct fields of the Envelope. The Envelope contains both the plain text and HTML portions of the email. If there was no plain text Part available, the HTML Part will be down-converted using the html2text library1. The root of the Part tree, as well as slices of the inline and attachment Parts are also available. Every MIME Part has its own headers, accessible via the Part.Header field. The raw headers for an Envelope are available in Root.Header. Envelope also provides helper methods to fetch headers: GetHeader(key) will return the RFC 2047 decoded value of the specified header. AddressList(key) will convert the specified address header into a slice of net/mail.Address values. enmime attempts to be tolerant of poorly encoded MIME messages. In situations where parsing is not possible, the ReadEnvelope and ReadParts functions will return a hard error. If enmime is able to continue parsing the message, it will add an entry to the Errors slice on the relevant Part. After parsing is complete, all Part errors will be appended to the Envelope Errors slice. The Error* constants can be used to identify a specific class of error. Please note that enmime parses messages into memory, so it is not likely to perform well with multi-gigabyte attachments. enmime is open source software released under the MIT License. The latest version can be found at


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enmime is a MIME encoding and decoding library for Go, focused on generating and parsing MIME encoded emails. It is being developed in tandem with the Inbucket email service.

enmime includes a fluent interface builder for generating MIME encoded messages, see the wiki for example Builder Usage.

See our Pkg Docs for examples and API usage information.

Development Status

enmime is near production quality: it works but struggles to parse a small percentage of emails. It's possible the API will evolve slightly before the 1.0 release.

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enmime is written in Go.

enmime is open source software released under the MIT License. The latest version can be found at


Last updated on 11 Sep 2023

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