How to Bulk Extract File Attachments from .EML Email Files

Software screen image showing how to select email file attachment extraction.

Email messages are often stored or archived as individual EML files. They contain the email message, sender and receiver information, the internet header data, and any file attachments that were appended to the message.

What if you have a directory filled with hundreds or thousands of  EML files and you want to save a copy of all email file attachments to a folder on your hard drive?

One way to approach this project would be to open each .eml file individually, and extract the attachments manually. This labor intensive method doesn’t appeal to me, and probably not to you either (or you wouldn’t be reading this article).

A faster and much more efficient method to bulk extract file attachments from EML files would be to use the “Only Attachments” export operation found in EML Viewer Pro email viewer (download a free 15 day trial).

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EML Viewer Pro is a viewer for email content including EML, MSG, PST, OST and MHT files. In addition to accurately rendering your emails, it allows you to perform useful tasks, such as searching, print, exporting to PDF and other formats, and even Reply and Forward our .eml email messages.

To extract file attachments from EML files with EML Viewer Pro, start the software and select the folder containing your .eml files.

In the email list, type CTRL-A to select all of the files.

Select “Only Attachments” from the Export Profile setting, and click the Export Button to start the process (the export button is the green down arrow).

Toolbar for bulk extracting .eml file attachments to a folder.
Select “Only Attachments” and click the Export button

When the operation completes, EML Viewer Pro will have saved a copy of all email file attachments to the folder you selected. You can see your email file attachments, and open them up for viewing, printing or editing in the appropriate software.  Note that the original .eml file remains intact and are unchanged; only a copy of the file attachments have been saved to your folder.

We’ve also created this step by step video to show you exactly how to use EML Viewer Pro to bulk extract file attachments from your .eml files.

To try it yourself, you can download a free trial of EML Viewer Pro from this website. The trial lasts 15 days, and will let you export up to 50 emails in a single batch operation.

Any further questions, please just leave a comment below. You can also contact our support team.

How to Find Email File Attachments in .eml Emails?

envelope and paper clip illustrating email file attachments.

A great new feature in Eml Viewer Pro software (also known as PstViewer Pro) is its ability to analyze thousands of emails and extract specific types of files.

Not only can EmlViewer Pro extract all file attachments to a Windows folder, it can extract specific types of email file attachments.

For example, if you have a folder with 10,000 .eml files, and you need to find all of the Excel spreadsheets that attached to some of of those emails, EmlViewer Pro can save you a lot of time.

You will find this capability on EmlViewer Pro’s “Export” tab, by choosing the “Only Attachments” profile.

Choose the editor for the “Only Attachments” export profile, and from the “Attachment File Types” list, select the type of files you want EmlViewer Pro to find.

You can choose All files, pictures, movies, MS Office files, other email files, PDF’s, spreadsheets, documents and presentation files.

This capability saves you lots of time over manual searching, allowing you to quickly gather a prospective list of files that may be of interest.

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