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A fully tested mailparse extension wrapper for PHP 5.4+

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This extension can be used to...

  • Parse and read email from Postfix
  • Create webmail
  • Store email information such a subject, HTML body, attachments, and etc. into a database

Is it reliable?

Yes. All known issues have been reproduced, fixed and tested.

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How do I install it?

The easiest way is via Composer.

To install the latest version of PHP MIME Mail Parser, run the command below:

composer require php-mime-mail-parser/php-mime-mail-parser


The following versions of PHP are supported:

  • PHP 5.4
  • PHP 5.5
  • PHP 5.6
  • PHP 7
  • HHVM
sudo apt install php-cli php-pear php-dev php-mbstring

Make sure you have the mailparse extension ( properly installed. The command line php -m | grep mailparse need to return "mailparse" else install it:

  • PHP version > 7.0: mailparse
  • PHP version < 7.0: mailparse 2.1.6

Follow this steps to install mailparse:

  • Compile in the temp folder the extension mailparse or mailparse-2.1.6 (workaround because pecl install doesn't work yet)
pecl download mailparse
tar -xvf mailparse-3.0.2.tgz 
cd mailparse-3.0.2/
sed -i 's/#if\s!HAVE_MBSTRING/#ifndef MBFL_MBFILTER_H/' ./mailparse.c
sudo mv modules/ /usr/lib/php/20160303/
  • Add the extension mailparse and activate it
echo "" | sudo tee /etc/php/7.1/mods-available/mailparse.ini
sudo phpenmod mailparse

On Windows, you need to download mailparse DLL from and add the line "extension=php_mailparse.dll" to php.ini accordingly.

How do I use it?

// Include the library first
require_once __DIR__.'/vendor/autoload.php';

$path = 'path/to/mail.txt';
$Parser = new PhpMimeMailParser\Parser();

// There are four methods available to indicate which mime mail to parse.
// You only need to use one of the following four:

// 1. Specify a file path to the mime mail.

// 2. Specify a php file resource (stream) to the mime mail.
$Parser->setStream(fopen($path, "r"));

// 3. Specify the raw mime mail text.

// 4.  Specify a stream to work with mail server
$Parser->setStream(fopen("php://stdin", "r"));

// Once we've indicated where to find the mail, we can parse out the data
$to = $Parser->getHeader('to');             // "test" <>, "test2" <>
$addressesTo = $Parser->getAddresses('to'); //Return an array : [["display"=>"test", "address"=>"", false],["display"=>"test2", "address"=>"", false]]

$from = $Parser->getHeader('from');             // "test" <>
$addressesFrom = $Parser->getAddresses('from'); //Return an array : [["display"=>"test", "address"=>"", "is_group"=>false]]

$subject = $Parser->getHeader('subject');

$text = $Parser->getMessageBody('text');

$html = $Parser->getMessageBody('html');
$htmlEmbedded = $Parser->getMessageBody('htmlEmbedded'); //HTML Body included data

$stringHeaders = $Parser->getHeadersRaw();	// Get all headers as a string, no charset conversion
$arrayHeaders = $Parser->getHeaders();		// Get all headers as an array, with charset conversion

// Pass in a writeable path to save attachments
$attach_dir = '/path/to/save/attachments/'; 	// Be sure to include the trailing slash
$include_inline = true;  			// Optional argument to include inline attachments (default: true)
$Parser->saveAttachments($attach_dir [,$include_inline]);

// Get an array of Attachment items from $Parser
$attachments = $Parser->getAttachments([$include_inline]);

//  Loop through all the Attachments
if (count($attachments) > 0) {
	foreach ($attachments as $attachment) {
		echo 'Filename : '.$attachment->getFilename().'<br />'; // logo.jpg
		echo 'Filesize : '.filesize($attach_dir.$attachment->getFilename()).'<br />'; // 1000
		echo 'Filetype : '.$attachment->getContentType().'<br />'; // image/jpeg
		echo 'MIME part string : '.$attachment->getMimePartStr().'<br />'; // (the whole MIME part of the attachment)


Next you need to forward emails to this script above. For that I'm using Postfix like a mail server, you need to configure /etc/postfix/

Add this line at the end of the file (specify myhook to send all emails to the script test.php)

myhook unix - n n - - pipe
  				flags=F user=www-data argv=php -c /etc/php5/apache2/php.ini -f /var/www/test.php ${sender} ${size} ${recipient}

Edit this line (register myhook)

smtp      inet  n       -       -       -       -       smtpd
        			-o content_filter=myhook:dummy

The php script must use the fourth method to work with this configuration.

Can I contribute?

Feel free to contribute!

git clone
cd php-mime-mail-parser
composer install

If you report an issue, please provide the raw email that triggered it. This helps us reproduce the issue and fix it more quickly.


The php-mime-mail-parser/php-mime-mail-parser is open-sourced software licensed under the MIT license


Fully Tested Mailparse Extension Wrapper for PHP 5.4+




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