First of all, this tip is an extended version for this great article --> http://www.codeproject.com/Articles/32899/Reading-an-Outlook-MSG-File-in-C. Actually, it is not an alternative to the original version, but just a new version.
The latest source can always be found on github. Just go to https://github.com/Sicos1977/msgreader.
At my work, I needed something to read Outlook MSG and EML files . After searching on the internet, I found a nice article on CodeProject that did everything I needed. At least I thought it did.
After testing the code, I found out that some MSG files had the HTML part of the e-mail embedded into RTF. This is done by Microsoft to support legacy. A dozen years ago, it was normal to write E-mails in RTF format instead of HTML. I don't know why the HTML is sometimes embedded into the RTF, but it is.
Because that was a problem for me, I extended the original code with some extras:
- The ability to read HTML that is embedded into the RTF body
- The ability to read EML headers that are embedded into the MSG file when it is sent across the internet
- Add an Outlook style header to the HTML or text file
- The ability to save the MSG file as an HTML or text file to a folder
- The ability to write all the attachments to a folder
- The ability to use the code from a COM based language like VBA or VB6
- Here and there, I fixed some issues that were found by other users
Bug Fixes and New Versions
When you do find a bug or have a future request, then just add a comment to this tip and I will see what I can do in my spare time.
Using the Code
Below, you see the most important class in this project. The class just does one thing, read the MSG file and save everything to an output folder. Through the
IReader interface, the class is exposed to COM.
public interface IReader
string ExtractToFolder(string inputFile, string outputFolder);
public class Reader : IReader
Below, you see some screenshot from a test program that is included in the source files. This screenshot shows you an MSG file that is written to a temporary folder.
Single and double byte language support.
Task and follow up support.
2014-07-06 Version 1.7
- Added support for signed MSG files
- Added support for EML (Mime 1.0 encoded) files
- Fixed issue with double quotes not getting parsed correctly from HTML embedded into RTF
2014-06-12 Version 1.6
- Fixed bug in E-mail CC field that also went into the BCC field
- Fixed bug in appointment mapping
CCAttendees properties to
MSGMapper tool, with this tool properties from msg files can be mapped to extended file properties (Windows 7 or higher is needed for this)
- Added Outlook properties to extended file properties mapping for:
- 2014-04-29 Version 1.5
- Added Outlook contact(card) support
- Made properties late binding
- 2014-04-21 Version 1.4
- Full support for MAPI named properties
- Added support for OLE attachments
- Added Outlook Appointment support
- Added Outlook Sticky notes support
- Added support so that OLE images in RTF files get rendered correctly after conversion to HTML (tried to be as close as possible to how it looks in Outlook).
- Extended E-mail support with RTF to HTML conversion. When there is no HTML body part and there is an RTF part, then this one gets converted to HTML.
- Moved all language specific things to a separate class so that this component can be easily translated to other languages. Please send me the translations if you do this.
- Fixed a lot of bugs and made speed improvements
- 2014-03-30 Version 1.3
- Completed implementing Outlook flag system on E-mail MSG object
- Made all the MAPI functions
- Moved all language related things into a separate file so that it is easy to translate
- Moved all MAPI constants to a separate file and added comment
- Removed some unused classes
- Cleaned up the code
- Added option to convert attachment locations to hyperlinks
- Fixed remove < and > when there is no e-mail address and only a displayname
- Fixed issue with Sent On and Received on not being parsed as a
- Added support for categories in msg files (Outlook 2007 or later)
- Fixed issue with e-mail address and displayname being swapped
RtfToHtmlConverter class (to convert RTF to HTML)
- Added Message Type property so that we know what kind of MSG object we have
- 2014-03-20 Version 1.2.1
- Added support for double byte char sets like Chinese
- 2014-03-18 Version 1.2
- Fixed an issue with the Sent On (this was not set to the local timezone)
- Added Received On, this is now added to the injected Outlook header
using statement to message object
- Made some Native methods internal
- Fixed some disposing issues, this was done more than once on some places
- Refactored the code so that everything was correct according to the Microsoft code rules
- 2014-03-06 Version 1.1
- Added support for special characters like German umlauts, they are parsed out of the HTML text that is embedded inside the RTF
RTFBody was loaded 4 times instead of once
- A CC was always added even when there was no CC (the To was taken in that case)
- Fixed some minor issues and cleaned up the code