Managed C++/CLI - Parse winmail.dat (TNEF)

The following C++/CLI codes demonstrate how to parse MAPI winmail.dat in email.

When an Outlook user composes and sends a message using either Rich Text Format or HTML Format, Outlook automagically generates a file, winmail.dat, and attaches it to the end of the email. The winmail.dat contains the rich text body and original attachments. To parse winmail.dat (TNEF stream) file, we should use DecodeTNEF method.

Installation

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.

Install from NuGet

You can also install the run-time assembly by NuGet. Run the following command in the NuGet Package Manager Console:

Install-Package EAGetMail

Note

If you install it by NuGet, no sample projects are installed, only .NET assembly is installed.

Add Reference

To use EAGetMail POP3 & IMAP Component in your project, the first step is “Add reference of EAGetMail to your project”. Please create or open your project with Visual Studio, then go to menu -> Project -> Add Reference -> .NET -> Browse..., and select Installation path\Lib\[netversion]\EAGetMail.dll, click Open-> OK, the reference will be added to the project, you can start to use it to retrieve email and parse email in your project.

add reference in c#/vb.net/managed c++/cli

.NET Assembly

Because EAGetMail has separate builds for .Net Framework, please refer to the following table and choose the correct dll.

Separate builds of run-time assembly for .Net Framework 1.1, 2.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, 4.61, .NET Core 2.1 and .Net Compact Framework 2.0, 3.5.

File .NET Framework Version
Lib\net11\EAGetMail.dll Built with .NET Framework 1.1
It requires .NET Framework 1.1, 2.0, 3.5 or later version.
Lib\net20\EAGetMail.dll Built with .NET Framework 2.0
It requires .NET Framework 2.0, 3.5 or later version.
Lib\net35\EAGetMail.dll Built with .NET Framework 3.5
It requires .NET Framework 3.5 or later version.
Lib\net40\EAGetMail.dll Built with .NET Framework 4.0
It requires .NET Framework 4.0 or later version.
Lib\net45\EAGetMail.dll Built with .NET Framework 4.5
It requires .NET Framework 4.5 or later version.
Lib\net461\EAGetMail.dll Built with .NET Framework 4.6.1
It requires .NET Framework 4.6.1 or later version.
Lib\netcoreapp2.1\EAGetMail.dll Built with .NET Core 2.1
It requires .NET Core 2.1 or later version.
Lib\net20-cf\EAGetMail.dll Built with .NET Compact Framework 2.0
It requires .NET Compact Framework 2.0, 3.5 or later version.
Lib\net35-cf\EAGetMail.dll Built with .NET Compact Framework 3.5
It requires .NET Compact Framework 3.5 or later version.

Managed C++/CLI - Parse winmail.dat (TNEF) - Example

The following example codes demonstrate parsing winmail.dat - TNEF stream.

In order to run it correctly, please change email server, user, password, folder, file name value to yours.

Note

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

#include "stdafx.h"

using namespace System;
using namespace System::Text;
using namespace System::IO;
using namespace EAGetMail; //add EAGetMail namespace

void ParseEmail(String ^emlFile)
{
    Mail ^oMail = gcnew Mail("TryIt");
    oMail->Load(emlFile, false);

    if (oMail->IsEncrypted)
    {
        try
        {
            // This email is encrypted, we decrypt it by user default certificate.
            // you can also use specified certificate like this
            // Certificate ^oCert = gcnew Certificate();
            // oCert->Load("c:\\test.pfx", "pfxpassword",
            //      Certificate::CertificateKeyLocation::CRYPT_USER_KEYSET);
            // oMail = oMail->Decrypt(oCert);
            oMail = oMail->Decrypt(nullptr);
        }
        catch (Exception ^ep)
        {
            Console::WriteLine(ep->Message);
        }
    }

    if (oMail->IsSigned)
    {
        try
        {
            // This email is digital signed.
            EAGetMail::Certificate ^signerCert = oMail->VerifySignature();
            Console::WriteLine("This email contains a valid digital signature.");

            // You can add the certificate to your certificate storage like this
            // signerCert->AddToStore(
            //      Certificate::CertificateStoreLocation::CERT_SYSTEM_STORE_CURRENT_USER,
            //      "addressbook");
            // then you can use send the encrypted email back to this sender.
        }
        catch (Exception ^ep)
        {
            Console::WriteLine(ep->Message);
        }
    }

    // Decode winmail.dat (TNEF) and RTF body automatically
    oMail->DecodeTNEF();

    // Parse Mail From/Sender
    Console::WriteLine("From: {0}", oMail->From->ToString());

    // Parse Mail To/Recipient
    array<MailAddress^> ^addrs = oMail->To;
    for (int i = 0; i < addrs->Length; i++)
    {
        Console::WriteLine("To: {0}", addrs[i]->ToString());
    }

    // Parse Mail CC
    addrs = oMail->Cc;
    for (int i = 0; i < addrs->Length; i++)
    {
        Console::WriteLine("To: {0}", addrs[i]->ToString());
    }

    // Parse Mail Subject
    Console::WriteLine("Subject: {0}", oMail->Subject);

    // Parse Mail Text/Plain body
    Console::WriteLine("TextBody: {0}", oMail->TextBody);

    // Parse Mail Html Body
    Console::WriteLine("HtmlBody: {0}", oMail->HtmlBody);

    // Parse Attachments
    array<Attachment^> ^atts = oMail->Attachments;
    for (int i = 0; i < atts->Length; i++)
    {
        Console::WriteLine("Attachment: {0}", atts[i]->Name);
    }
}

int main(array<System::String ^> ^args)
{
    try
    {
        ParseEmail("c:\\my folder\\test.eml");
    }
    catch (Exception ^ep)
    {
        Console::WriteLine(ep->Message);
    }

    return 0;
}

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