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I am looking for a command-line tool for Unix (ideally, available in a Debian / Ubuntu package) for extracting all MIME parts from a multipart email message (or the body from a singlepart with an interesting content-type, for that matter).

I have been using the mimeexplode tool which ships with the Perl MIME::Tools package, but it's not really production quality (the script is included as an example only, and has issues with what it regards as "evil" character sets) and I could certainly roll my own script based on that, but if this particular wheel has already been innovated, perhaps I shouldn't.

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Via another question I came across pldaniels.com/ripmime which looks very nice, but it's not available as an Ubuntu package as far as I can tell. –  tripleee Jun 11 '12 at 5:52
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The mu project seems to include a mu-extract command that looks as if it might do what you want. And it appears to be available as an Ubuntu package already.

NB: I haven't actually used this tool myself.

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sudo apt-get install maildir-utils && mu extract -a <file> –  Richard Hansen Sep 20 '13 at 20:35
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munpack from mpack worked for me


sudo apt-get install mpack
munpack -f mime-attachments-file
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  • mpack tools, and munpack
  • GNU base64 decoder
  • mimedecode
  • mha-decode
  • UUDeview
  • OpenSSL

You even didn't tried to find answer

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-1 I am familiar with all of these except mha-decode and mimedecode, and at least none of the others accept an email message as input, and produces its attachments as output. I will take a look at mha-decode and mimedecode, still. –  tripleee Mar 29 '12 at 17:35
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