Send Email with Embedded Images in C#

In previous section, I introduced how to send email with attachment. In this section, I will introduce how to send email with embedded images in C#.

Introduction

To attach an embedded images to email, you should add an attachment to email at first. Then you should assign an unique identifier(contentid) to this attachment. Finally, you need to replace the <img src="your file name" /> to <img src="cid:yourcontentid" />.

Note

Remarks: All of samples in this section are based on first section: Send email in a simple C# project. To compile and run the following example codes successfully, please click here to learn how to create the test project and add reference of EASendMail to your project.

[C# - Send Email with Embedded Images - Example]

The following example codes demonstrate how to send email with embedded images in C#.

Note

To get the full sample projects, please refer to Samples section.

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Text;
using EASendMail; //add EASendMail namespace
namespace mysendemail
{
    class Program
    {
        static void Main(string[] args)
        {
            SmtpMail oMail = new SmtpMail("TryIt");
            SmtpClient oSmtp = new SmtpClient();

            // Set sender email address, please change it to yours
            oMail.From = "test@emailarchitect.net";

            // Set recipient email address, please change it to yours
            oMail.To = "support@emailarchitect.net";

            // Set email subject
            oMail.Subject = "test html email with attachment";

            // Your SMTP server address
            SmtpServer oServer = new SmtpServer("smtp.emailarchitect.net");

            // User and password for ESMTP authentication, if your server doesn't require
            // User authentication, please remove the following codes.
            oServer.User = "test@emailarchitect.net";
            oServer.Password = "testpassword";

            // If your SMTP server requires SSL connection, please add this line
            // oServer.ConnectType = SmtpConnectType.ConnectSSLAuto;

            try
            {
                // Add image attachment from local disk
                Attachment oAttachment = oMail.AddAttachment( "d:\\test.gif" );

                // Specifies the attachment as an embedded image
                // contentid can be any string.
                string contentID = "test001@host";
                oAttachment.ContentID = contentID;

                oMail.HtmlBody = "<html><body>this is a <img src=\"cid:"
                     + contentID + "\"> embedded image.</body></html>";

                Console.WriteLine("start to send email with embedded image...");
                oSmtp.SendMail(oServer, oMail);
                Console.WriteLine("email was sent successfully!");
            }
            catch (Exception ep)
            {
                Console.WriteLine("failed to send email with the following error:");
                Console.WriteLine(ep.Message);
            }
        }
    }
}

To attach embedded images/pictures, SmtpMail.ImportHtmlBody and SmtpMail.ImportHtml methods are strongly recommended. With these methods, you don’t have to specify the ContentID manually. The html source/file html body can be imported to email with embedded pictures automatically.

[C# - Send Email with Embedded Images - ImportHtml - Example]

The following example codes demonstrate how to send email using ImportHtml method with embedded images in C#.

Note

To get the full sample projects, please refer to Samples section.

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Text;
using EASendMail; //add EASendMail namespace
namespace mysendemail
{
    class Program
    {
        static void Main(string[] args)
        {
            SmtpMail oMail = new SmtpMail("TryIt");
            SmtpClient oSmtp = new SmtpClient();

            // Set sender email address, please change it to yours
            oMail.From = "test@emailarchitect.net";

            // Set recipient email address, please change it to yours
            oMail.To = "support@emailarchitect.net";

            // Set email subject
            oMail.Subject = "test html email with attachment";

            // Your SMTP server address
            SmtpServer oServer = new SmtpServer("smtp.emailarchitect.net");

            // User and password for ESMTP authentication, if your server doesn't require
            // User authentication, please remove the following codes.
            oServer.User = "test@emailarchitect.net";
            oServer.Password = "testpassword";

            // If your SMTP server requires SSL connection, please add this line
            // oServer.ConnectType = SmtpConnectType.ConnectSSLAuto;
            try
            {
               // Import html body and also import linked image as embedded images.
               oMail.ImportHtml( "<html><body>test <img src=\"test.gif\"> importhtml</body></html>",
                    "c:\\my picture", //test.gif is in c:\\my picture
                    ImportHtmlBodyOptions.ImportLocalPictures | ImportHtmlBodyOptions.ImportCss );

                Console.WriteLine("start to send email with embedded image...");
                oSmtp.SendMail(oServer, oMail);
                Console.WriteLine("email was sent successfully!");
            }
            catch (Exception ep)
            {
                Console.WriteLine("failed to send email with the following error:");
                Console.WriteLine(ep.Message);
            }
        }
    }
}

You can also refer to the htmlmail.* samples in EASendMail Installer. Those samples demonstrate how to build a HTML email editor and send HTML email with attachment or embedded images/pictures.

c# html editor

Next Section

At next section I will introduce how to sign email with digital certificate in C#.

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