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react-letter is a React.js component that allows for an easy display of HTML e-mail content with automatic sanitization. Support for features should match what is supported by Gmail.


  • <style> support.
  • Automatic removal of relative URLs.
  • Support for rewriting the link and resource URLs to increase user's privacy and security.
  • Prefixing classes and IDs to prevent clashing with page styles.
  • Wrapping contents in an iframe (as an option).
  • First-class TypeScript support (the entire library is written in TypeScript), along with a related RFC 822 parser project also written in TypeScript.
  • Only one dependency (lettersanitizer).

The component itself is parser-agnostic, and can be used with any RFC 822 parser as long as it provides HTML or text output. The sanitization is done on the client-side using DOMParser with some security features targeting older browsers (although there's no guarantee of full functionality under browser versions older than 5 years).

Check other TypeScript e-mail projects:

Parser Inbound SMTP
letterparser microMTA


react-letter is available on NPM, and can be installed with either npm or yarn:

yarn add react-letter

A Vue.js version is also available: vue-letter.


See: Example or play in the CodeSandbox.

react-letter can be used with letterparser (currently in development, but it's the only RFC 822 parser with browser support as far as I know) or any other parser like this:

import { Letter } from 'react-letter';
import { extract } from 'letterparser';

const { html, text } = extract(`Date: Wed, 01 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0000
From: A <>
To: B <>
Subject: Hello world!
Mime-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: text/html; charset=utf-8

Some message.`);

// No sanitization needs to be performed beforehand,
// react-letter takes care of sanitizing the input.
<Letter html={html} text={text} />;


Letter supports the following properties:

useIframe?: boolean;

Should the HTML be wrapped in an iframe. Default: false.

iframeTitle?: string;

Iframe title, usually set to subject of the message.

rewriteExternalResources?: (url: string) => string;

The result of this function will be used to rewrite the URLs for url(...) in CSS and src attributes in HTML.

rewriteExternalLinks?: (url: string) => string;

The result of this function will be used to rewrite the URLs for href attributes in HTML.

allowedSchemas?: string[];

List of allowed URL schemas. Default: ['http', 'https', 'mailto'].

preserveCssPriority?: boolean;

Preserves CSS priority (!important), default: true.

className?: string;

Class name of the wrapper div.


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