VB.NET - Parse winmail.dat (TNEF)

The following vb.net codes demonstrate how to parse MAPI winmail.dat in email.

When an Outlook user composes and sends a message using either Rich Text Format or HTML Format, Outlook automagically generates a file, winmail.dat, and attaches it to the end of the email. The winmail.dat contains the rich text body and original attachments. To parse winmail.dat (TNEF stream) file, we should use ParseTNEF method.

Installation

Before you can use the following sample codes, you should download the EAGetMail Installer and install it on your machine at first. Full sample projects are included in this installer.

Install from NuGet

You can also install the run-time assembly by NuGet. Run the following command in the NuGet Package Manager Console:

Install-Package EAGetMail

Note

If you install it by NuGet, no sample projects are installed, only .NET assembly is installed.

Add Reference

To use EAGetMail POP3 & IMAP Component in your project, the first step is “Add reference of EAGetMail to your project”. Please create or open your project with Visual Studio, then go to menu -> Project -> Add Reference -> .NET -> Browse..., and select EAGetMail{version}.dll from installation path, click Open-> OK, the reference will be added to the project, you can start to use it to retrieve email and parse email in your project.

add reference in c#/vb.net/managed c++/cli

.NET Assembly

Because EAGetMail has separate builds for .Net Framework, please refer to the following table and choose the correct dll.

Separate builds of run-time assembly for .Net Framework 1.1, 2.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5 and .Net Compact Framework 2.0, 3.5.

File .NET Framework Version
EAGetMail.dll Built with .NET Framework 1.1
It requires .NET Framework 1.1, 2.0, 3.5 or later version.
EAGetMail20.dll Built with .NET Framework 2.0
It requires .NET Framework 2.0, 3.5 or later version.
EAGetMail35.dll Built with .NET Framework 3.5
It requires .NET Framework 3.5 or later version.
EAGetMail40.dll Built with .NET Framework 4.0
It requires .NET Framework 4.0 or later version.
EAGetMail45.dll Built with .NET Framework 4.5
It requires .NET Framework 4.5 or later version.
EAGetMailCF20.dll Built with .NET Compact Framework 2.0
It requires .NET Compact Framework 2.0, 3.5 or later version.
EAGetMailCF35.dll Built with .NET Compact Framework 3.5
It requires .NET Compact Framework 3.5 or later version.

VB.NET - Parse winmail.dat (TNEF) - Example

The following example codes demonstrate parsing winmail.dat - TNEF stream.

In order to run it correctly, please change email server, user, password, folder, file name value to yours.

Note

To get full sample projects, please download and install EAGetMail on your machine.

Imports System.Collections
Imports System.Text
Imports System.IO

' Imports EAGetMail namespace
Imports EAGetMail

Module Module1
    Private Sub ParseEmail(ByVal emlFile As String)
        Dim oMail As New Mail("TryIt")
        oMail.Load(emlFile, False)

        If oMail.IsEncrypted Then
            Try
                ' This email is encrypted, we decrypt it by user default certificate.
                ' you can also use specified certificate like this
                ' Dim oCert As New Certificate()
                ' oCert.Load("c:\test.pfx", "pfxpassword", _
                ' Certificate.CertificateKeyLocation.CRYPT_USER_KEYSET)
                ' oMail = oMail.Decrypt(oCert)
                oMail = oMail.Decrypt(Nothing)
            Catch ep As Exception
                Console.WriteLine(ep.Message)
            End Try
        End If

        If oMail.IsSigned Then
            Try
                ' This email is digital signed.
                Dim cert As EAGetMail.Certificate = oMail.VerifySignature()
                ' You can add the certificate to your certificate storage like this
                ' cert.AddToStore(_
                ' Certificate.CertificateStoreLocation.CERT_SYSTEM_STORE_CURRENT_USER, _
                ' "addressbook")
                ' then you can use send the encrypted email back to this sender.
                Console.WriteLine("This email contains a valid digital signature.")
            Catch ep As Exception
                Console.WriteLine(ep.Message)
            End Try
        End If

        ' Parse Mail From/Sender
        Console.WriteLine("From: {0}", oMail.From.ToString())

        ' Parse Mail To/Recipient
        Dim addrs As MailAddress() = oMail.[To]
        For i As Integer = 0 To addrs.Length - 1
            Console.WriteLine("To: {0}", addrs(i).ToString())
        Next

        ' Parse Mail CC
        addrs = oMail.Cc
        For i As Integer = 0 To addrs.Length - 1
            Console.WriteLine("To: {0}", addrs(i).ToString())
        Next

        ' Parse Mail Subject
        Console.WriteLine("Subject: {0}", oMail.Subject)

        ' Parse Mail Text/Plain body
        Console.WriteLine("TextBody: {0}", oMail.TextBody)

        ' Parse Mail Html Body
        Console.WriteLine("HtmlBody: {0}", oMail.HtmlBody)

        ' Parse Attachments
        Dim atts As Attachment() = oMail.Attachments
        For i As Integer = 0 To atts.Length - 1
            Dim att As Attachment = atts(i)

            ' This attachment is in OUTLOOK RTF format(TNEF), decode it here.
            If [String].Compare(att.Name, "winmail.dat") = 0 Then
                Dim tatts As Attachment() = Nothing
                Try
                    tatts = Mail.ParseTNEF(att.Content, True)
                Catch ep As Exception
                    Console.WriteLine(ep.Message)
                End Try

                Dim y As Integer = tatts.Length
                For x As Integer = 0 To y - 1
                    Dim tatt As Attachment = tatts(x)
                    Console.WriteLine("winmail.dat: {0}", tatt.Name)
                Next
                Continue For
            End If
            Console.WriteLine("Attachment: {0}", att.Name)
        Next
    End Sub

    Sub Main()

        ParseEmail("c:\my folder\test.eml")

    End Sub
End Module

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