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Email parser for browser and serverless environments.

PostalMime can be run in the main web thread or from Web Workers. It can also used in serverless functions.

[!TIP] PostalMime is developed by the makers of EmailEngine – a self-hosted email gateway that allows making REST requests against IMAP and SMTP servers. EmailEngine also sends webhooks whenever something changes on the registered accounts.


The source code is available from Github.


See this example.


First, install the module from npm:

$ npm install postal-mime

next import the PostalMime class into your script:

import PostalMime from './node_modules/postal-mime/src/postal-mime.js';

or when using from a Node.js app or in a serverless function:

import PostalMime from 'postal-mime';


PostalMime methods use Promises, so you need to wait using await or wait for the then() method to fire until you get the response.


import PostalMime from './node_modules/postal-mime/src/postal-mime.js';

const email = await PostalMime.parse(`Subject: My awesome email 🤓
Content-Type: text/html; charset=utf-8

<p>Hello world 😵‍💫</p>`);



It is pretty much the same as in the browser.

import PostalMime from 'postal-mime';
import util from 'node:util';

const email = await PostalMime.parse(`Subject: My awesome email 🤓
Content-Type: text/html; charset=utf-8

<p>Hello world 😵‍💫</p>`);

console.log(util.inspect(email, false, 22, true));

Cloudflare Email Workers

Pretty much the same as in Node.js. Use message.raw as the raw message for parsing.

import PostalMime from 'postal-mime';

export default {
    async email(message, env, ctx) {
        const email = await PostalMime.parse(message.raw);

        console.log('Subject: ', email.subject);
        console.log('HTML: ', email.html);
        console.log('Text: ', email.text);


parse(email) is a static class method to parse emails

PostalMime.parse(email) -> Promise


  • email is the rfc822 formatted email. Either a string, an ArrayBuffer/Uint8Array value, a Blob object, a Node.js Buffer, or a ReadableStream

This method parses an email message into a structured object with the following properties:

  • headers is an array of headers in the same order as found from the message (topmost headers first).
    • headers[].key is lowercase key of the header line, eg. "dkim-signature"
    • headers[].value is the unprocessed value of the header line
  • from, sender includes a processed object for the corresponding headers
    • is decoded name (empty string if not set)
    • from.address is the email address
  • deliveredTo, returnPath is the email address from the corresponding header
  • to, cc, bcc, replyTo includes an array of processed objects for the corresponding headers
    • to[].name is decoded name (empty string if not set)
    • to[].address is the email address
  • subject is the email subject line
  • messageId, inReplyTo, references includes the value as found from the corresponding header without any processing
  • date is the email sending time formatted as an ISO date string (unless parsing failed and in this case the original value is used)
  • html is the HTML content of the message as a string
  • text is the plaintext content of the message as a string
  • attachments is an array that includes message attachments
    • attachment[].filename is the file name if provided
    • attachment[].mimeType is the MIME type of the attachment
    • attachment[].disposition is either "attachment", "inline" or null if disposition was not provided
    • attachment[].related is a boolean value that indicats if this attachment should be treated as embedded image
    • attachment[].contentId is the ID from Content-ID header
    • attachment[].content is an Uint8Array value that contains the attachment file

Utility functions


Parse email address strings

addressParser(addressStr, opts) -> Array


  • addressStr is the header value for an address header
  • opts is an optional options object
    • flatten is a boolean value. If set to true, then ignores address groups and returns a flat array of addresses. By default (flatten is false) the result might include nested groups

The result is an array of objects

  • name is the name string. An empty string is used if name value was not set.
  • address is the email address value
  • group is an array of nested address objects. This is used when flatten is false (the default) and the address string contains address group syntax
import { addressParser } from 'postal-mime';

const addressStr = '=?utf-8?B?44Ko44Od44K544Kr44O844OJ?= <>';
// [ { name: 'エポスカード', address: '' } ]


Decode MIME encoded-words

decodeWords(encodedStr) -> String


  • encodedStr is a string value that may include MIME encoded-words

The result is a unicode string

import { decodeWords } from 'postal-mime';

const encodedStr = 'Hello, =?utf-8?B?44Ko44Od44K544Kr44O844OJ?=';
// Hello, エポスカード


© 2021-2024 Andris Reinman

postal-mime is licensed under the MIT No Attribution license



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