#1368 accepted

Automatically add attachments to a specific folder

Reported by Sander | January 3rd, 2016 @ 06:42 PM


I'm currently searching for an OSX mail app that can do this:

Make a new rule;
If there's a new e-mail with attachment it can automatically add attachments (and only from specific e-mailadresses) to a folder.

Some businesses always send automatically new pdf receipts and always from the same e-mail address. And I have a lot of receipts via e-mail. I don't want to open these e-mails, I only want to watch a specific folder for receipts. Is something like this possible with MailMate?



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  • benny

    benny January 4th, 2016 @ 01:58 PM

    • State changed from “new” to “accepted”

    Well, I think it's possible, but there's no straightforward way to do this. The easiest would probably be if MailMate had some kind of “Save Attachments” action for rules with a destination mailbox -- maybe with an optional filename pattern. I'll keep the ticket open to track any progress on such a feature.

    Given that MailMate does not yet have that then the only way is a complicated use of smart mailboxes based on “All Messages ▸ All Message Subparts” and probably also a custom bundle command...

    ...ok, I fixed an issue such that the custom bundle command is not necessary, but it's still pretty complicated (the smart mailboxes used). It does work though, but I'm not sure I would recommend it...

  • benny

    benny March 9th, 2018 @ 01:46 PM

    Update: This has not been implemented as a GUI feature yet, but it's a bit closer given better support for handling attachments in bundle commands as documented here.

  • Gary Henderson

    Gary Henderson August 26th, 2019 @ 11:30 PM

    • Tag set to save attachments

    I have exactly the same need that Sander defined. I see the linked material regarding handling attachments in bundle commands. Can you offer an example of how to use that? I would be looking for images attached to emails with a certain phrase in the subject line (or from a certain address, etc), and would like to drop the image attachments into a specific folder for automatic import into a Paperless library.


  • silop

    silop October 7th, 2020 @ 10:47 AM

    • Tag set to save attachments

    Any progress so far...? Thanks

  • Wladjmir

    Wladjmir December 27th, 2020 @ 04:00 PM


    i'm switching from Apple Mail, for administration purposes, i've the same needs.
    Very clever app, but unfortunately support of applescript seems weak in Mailmate


  • Christopher Mackay

    Christopher Mackay January 14th, 2021 @ 06:29 PM

    I would LOVE to have this functionality, too. A lot of the heavy lifting on file attachment renaming/filing is handled on the filesystem using Hazel, but having to process the incoming email (& attachments) manually is where things fall apart.

  • Klaus

    Klaus April 12th, 2024 @ 12:28 PM

    I would also like to endorse the proposal. I use an electronic notebook to take minutes of meetings. I then send the note as a PDF to my e-mail inbox to archive it from there in my DMS. This process happens several times a day. Automatic storage of these attachments would make archiving much easier for me.

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