C# library that moves your stylesheets to inline style attributes, for maximum compatibility with E-mail clients.
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C# Library for moving CSS to inline style attributes, to gain maximum E-mail client compatibility.


Static method on PreMailer class

string htmlSource = File.ReadAllText(@"C:\Workspace\testmail.html");

var result = PreMailer.MoveCssInline(htmlSource);

result.Html 		// Resultant HTML, with CSS in-lined.
result.Warnings 	// string[] of any warnings that occurred during processing.

Set up PreMailer instance

string htmlSource = File.ReadAllText(@"C:\Workspace\testmail.html");

var pm = new PreMailer(htmlSource);
pm.AddAnalyticsTags(source, medium, campaign, content, domain = null); // Optional to add analytics tags

var result = pm.MoveCssInline(...);

result.Html 		// Resultant HTML, with CSS in-lined.
result.Warnings 	// string[] of any warnings that occurred during processing.


The following options can be passed to the PreMailer.MoveCssInline method to configure it's behaviour:

  • baseUri(Uri = null) - Base URL to apply to link elements with href values ending with .css.
  • removeStyleElements(bool = false) - Removes elements that were used to source CSS (currently, only style is supported).
  • ignoreElements(string = null) - CSS selector of element(s) not to inline. Useful for mobile styles (see below).
  • css(string = null) - A string containing a style-sheet for inlining.
  • stripIdAndClassAttributes(bool = false) - True to strip ID and class attributes.
  • removeComments(bool = false) - True to remove comments, false to leave them intact.

External style sheets

Sometimes it's handy to reference external style sheets with a <link href="..." /> element. PreMailer will download and use external style sheets as long as the value of href ends with .css.

Both absolute and relative URLs are supported. If the URL is relative, you must specify the baseUri parameter in either the constructor, or when calling the static MoveCssInline method.

<link /> elements that match the ignoreElements selector won't be downloaded.

Media queries

If you want to apply mobile styles to your e-mail, you should put your mobile specific styles in its own style block that targets the appropriate devices using media queries.

But since you cannot know by the time of sending an e-mail whether or not it will be viewed on a mobile device, the style block that targets mobile devices should not be inlined!

To ignore a style block, you need to specify an ignore selector when calling the MoveCssInline method, like this:

var result = PreMailer.MoveCssInline(input, false, ignoreElements: "#ignore");

And your mobile specific style block should have an ID of ignore:

<style type="text/css" id="ignore">.target { width: 1337px; }</style>

Premailer specific CSS becomes HTML attributes

Premailer looks for the use of CSS attributes prefixed with -premailer and will proxy the value through to the DOM element as an attribute.

For example

table {
    -premailer-cellspacing: 5;
    -premailer-width: 500;

will make a table element render as

<table cellspacing="5" width="500">

Custom DOM Processing

using(var pm = new PreMailer(html)){

  var document = pm.Document;

  // use AngleSharp to process document before moving css inline ...

  var result = pm.MoveCssInline();


  • Pseudo classes/elements which not supported by external dependencies, or doesn't make sense in email, will be ignored and logged to the InlineResult.Warnings collection.


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PreMailer.Net is available under the MIT license. See the LICENSE file for more info.