VB6 - Parse Email

After you received the emails from email server to the local folder, we can use the following code to parse the email now. The following vb6 code demonstrates how to parse from, to, cc, subject, body text, attachments of specified EML file.


Before you can use the following sample codes, you should download the EAGetMail Installer and install it on your machine at first. Full sample projects are included in this installer.

Add Reference

To better demonstrate how to retrieve email and parse email, let’s create a VB 6.0 Standard EXE project at first, then add a CommandButton on the Form, double-click this button. It is like this

VB 6.0 standard project

To use EAGetMail POP3 & IMAP4 ActiveX Object in your project, the first step is Add reference of EAGetMail to your project. Please go to menu -> Project -> References -> and select EAGetMailObj ActiveX Object, click OK, the reference will be added to your project, and you can start to use it to retrieve email and parse email in your project.

add reference in VB6

VB6 - Parse Email - Example

The following example codes demonstrate parsing email (*.EML) file. In order to run it correctly, please change email server, user, password, folder, file name value to yours.


To get full sample projects, please download and install EAGetMail on your machine.

Option Explicit

Private Sub ParseEmail(ByVal emlFile As String)
    Dim oMail As New EAGetMailObjLib.Mail
    oMail.LicenseCode = "TryIt"

On Error GoTo ErrorHandle
    oMail.LoadFile emlFile, False

    ' Parse email sender
    MsgBox "From: " & oMail.From.Address

    Dim addressList As EAGetMailObjLib.AddressCollection
    Dim i As Long
    Dim addr As EAGetMailObjLib.MailAddress

    ' Parse email to recipients
    Set addressList = oMail.ToList
    For i = 0 To addressList.Count - 1
        Set addr = addressList.Item(i)
        MsgBox "To: " & addr.Address

    ' Parse email cc
    Set addressList = oMail.CcList
    For i = 0 To addressList.Count - 1
        Set addr = addressList.Item(i)
        MsgBox "Cc: " & addr.Address

    ' Parse email subject
    MsgBox "Subject: " & oMail.Subject

    ' Parse email text body
    MsgBox "Text body: " & oMail.TextBody

    ' Parse email HTML body
    MsgBox "Html body: " & oMail.HtmlBody

    ' Parse attachments
    Dim atts As EAGetMailObjLib.AttachmentCollection
    Dim att As EAGetMailObjLib.Attachment

    Set atts = oMail.AttachmentList
    For i = 0 To atts.Count - 1
        Set att = atts.Item(i)
        MsgBox "Attachment: " & att.name

    Exit Sub

    MsgBox Err.Description
End Sub

Private Sub Command1_Click()

    ParseEmail "c:\my folder\test.eml"

End Sub

32bit/x64 ActiveX DLL

Seperate builds of run-time dll for 32 and x64 platform

File Platform
Installation Path\Lib\native\x86\EAGetMailObj.dll 32 bit
Installation Path\Lib\native\x64\EAGetMailObj.dll 64 bit


  • Standard EXE

    For VB6, C++, Delphi or other standard exe application, you can distribute EAGetMailObj.dll with your application to target machine without COM-registration and installer. To learn more detail, please have a look at Registration-free COM with Manifest File.

  • Script

    For ASP, VBScript, VBA, MS SQL Stored Procedure, you need to install EAGetMail on target machine by EAGetMail installer, both 32bit/x64 DLL are installed and registered.



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