In Thunderbird, how to save all images embedded (multipart/related MIME format) in email in one turn?

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Select View > Show As/Message Body As > Plain text and all embedded content will become attachments. Now right-click on attachments pane, and select Save All

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    Unfortunately, not really. This possibly might have to do with versions, I hope, versions from nowadays will show the text version of the email, if one is available. In my case, the text version of the message has different content. :-( Mar 7, 2016 at 5:22
  • Works for me thanks! On newer versions (I'm on 60.0) you need to press alt key first to see view option.
    – Gunnm
    Sep 20, 2018 at 11:23
  • Trys to save everything as "image.jpg, overwrites each other.
    – Elliot
    Mar 31, 2020 at 22:54
  • Works for me on Thunderbird 68.10.0 (64-bit) Linux. The attachments widget is at the bottom of the email. Oct 11, 2020 at 13:39
  • Does only work for images, that are attached to the email and embedded by a relative path. It does not work for images, that are embedded via web URL. Apr 7, 2021 at 17:18

Another option under Debian or Ubuntu is

  1. Save the mail to disk as email.eml.
  2. Open up a terminal and navigate to the directory where you saved the mail to
  3. sudo apt install mpack
  4. munpack email.eml

Afterwards, all attached files or embedded images should be as single files in the current directory. For other linuxes, mpack should be available from the respective repository.

  • Press Alt key. Then you will see more options at the top of the window. Checked on newest Thunderbird currently available (60.0 32-bit). Then go View > Message Body As > Plain text. As mentioned above right-click on attachments pane, and select Save All
    – Gunnm
    Sep 20, 2018 at 11:21
  • Thanks @Gunnm, I proposed an edit to the top answer. I'll leave this here though, maybe it comes in handy for someone who only has an *.eml file.
    – Mitja
    Sep 20, 2018 at 11:32
  • @Mitja Thanks for your answer, latest Thunderbird doesn't show inline images as attachments when showing message body as plain text, I can only see [image] [image] [image] in the text... Mar 23, 2021 at 9:23

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