Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Another vote for detach/delete attachments after sending mail. I miss this feature very much.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

this look great,
how i can reduce sender name #from# and make it just 3 chars

Rated 1 out of 5 stars

Thunderbird 68.4.1. Originally, as I wanted to open, e.g. 30 pdf attachments from email, all were opened in Adobe Reader - that is, 20 cards with pdf documents are open. After installing AttachmentExtractor Continued, something broke with this process, i.e. only max. 6 or less (random) cards (documents) from these 20 pdf attachments. After uninstalling AttachmentExtractor Continued the problem remained. Rather, I do not blame the Adobe Reader itself, because I uninstalled it, reinstalled, repaired and nothing changes. After downloading attachments to the disk and opening them all open properly, that is all 20. The problem is as if when you want to open all attachments from the email Thunderbird filtered these pdfs - some open, some not. The described problem also occurred on the second computer which is confirmation of the culprit AttachmentExtractor Continued. I am asking you for help. Can you install Thunderbird (overwrite) on an existing installation without losing your settings and mail, which is everything to repair this installation? Thanks in advance

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Thanks for the update to TB 68.

A function to automatically detach attachments after sending mail would be very useful.

Up to TB 60 AttachExtraTools could detach attachments.
Unfortunately the development was stopped by the author.

Maybe you could include this feature in your addon?


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Rated 3 out of 5 stars

I would like to make a suggestion - this ext. may remove files seen as attachments, but I would like to to remove all embedded files as well.
I used to be able to do this via Dorando Keys, it was a simple process.
I had assigned this process to Ctrl+Shift+U. First change the email view to text only, at which time all embedded images, files, etc become attachments, then remove all attachments, then reset back to viewing as HTML. These actions were done via the built in functions in TB.
Unfortunately Dorando Keys appears to no longer be supported.
Although, I should say that images embedded via apple devices in emails were never removed - apparently those are in some format which TB did not recognize (but regular attachments were removed.
This removal of all embedded and attached files make a huge difference when I save my emails long term.
Thanks for your consideration.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

RE MY Jan. 8, 2020 review question:
I've solved it! Thx to support forum. (Ans = to set Add-on pref via TB menu).And yay! delete works.

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Rated 5 out of 5 stars

A very usefull tool.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

How can i use the #count# function?
On the other hand, is there an option to add an incremental number to each of the extracted files?

#count# is for duplicate file names

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Hi Alexander,

I did it exactly the same way you are describing. What I get is this: "Das Add-on konnte nicht installiert werden, da es nicht das von Thundbird erwartete Add-on ist.

When I try to install the xpi after downloading it, T-Bird tells me this: Das Add-on konnte nicht installiert werden, da es nicht mit dem Thunderbird 68.2.1. kompatibel ist.

When I try to install it on my Laptop (where I have Thundbird v. 60 installed, it installs without any problem.

Thank you and greetings


Update: See the developers reply to m9d's comment: this solves the issue (use version 2.0.2)

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.5.3).  This user has a previous review of this add-on.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Hi there,

first of all thanks for your great work!

I am having the same issue as tomZZZ (Win 10, TB 68.1.0 / TB 68.2.1, ATE 2.0.2) though:

'The add-in could not be installed because it does not match the add-on Thunderbird expected'

Thanks Alexander for the quick feedback. That indeed is the issue! For everyone else stumbling across this: I had to scroll all the way down and unfold the `Versions` section.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.5.3). 

Ahhh, now I see the strange ATN behaviour. Because of the disabled version 2.0.3 on ATN, the download-link now gives you version 1.5.3 which is intended for Thunderbird 60.

Please, do not clickt the link to the "latest" add-on version. Go to the version list and select / click explicitly version 2.0.2 for Thunderbird 68. The "1.5" versions are only for Thunderbird 60.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Thank you for your work.
A small bug when updating TB to 68.2.1, an error message is present in the task bar (below)

Erreur d’analyse XML : entité non définie
Emplacement : chrome://attachmentextractor_cont/content/settings/aec_options.xul
Numéro de ligne 38, Colonne 11 : <radio pane="aec-foldersPane" value="aec-foldersPane" label="&attachmentextractor.settings.folderstab.label;" oncommand='wdw_aecOptions.showPane("aec-foldersPane");'/>

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.0.3). 

Sorry, missing locale strings in 2.0.3; this is fixed in 2.0.4

Rated 2 out of 5 stars

Thank you for continuing this much useful Thundebird Extension!

But... after i run and attachments have been saved on disk, i observe that they were not deleted from the e-mails, whose size remains big (e.g. 15MB)! Is this a bug? So sorry i cannot give a good ranking yet, but will change it once this is solved.

Why "AttachmentExtractor Continued" does not appear in the official Mozilla Thundebird add-ons site? It is a pity as i nearly missed it.

As i just commented in the original extension page, it would be very useful that the addon can compute for each file a #hash number# token. That way files with the same name can automatically be linked to the same file on disk if they have exactly the same content, but to different files on disk if they are dissimilar. Indeed it is very often that because of repetitivie forward, or re-sending the same documents to different people, a same documents appears in multiples (easily tens of) e-mails.

A #year# token would be useful also...



thanks for the reply, i don't know where can i further reply so i edit the comment. My direct contact if needed is [email protected]

When i use ThunderBird native functionality, i.e. right-click on an attachment of several MB and press 'Detach...' in the context menu, then the size displayed in TB drops to around 20K, and after compacting the size of the mailbox on disk has decreased by the given number of MB.

When on the contrary i use 'AE extract' in the context menu, neither does the size display change, neither the mailbox size on disk even after compacting.

I have tried the option "after extraction, remove the attachment from message", which indeed removes the attachment and reduces the size, but in this case there is not even a link, i.e. the attachments are marked deleted instead of showing a link that i can still click to open the extracted file (as is the case with the native 'Detach...' button).

So i suspect there is a bug, maybe particular to my configuration (TB 68.1.0 (64 bits)). Note that the original AttachmentExtractor was working fine when i used it on a previous TB version.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.0.2). 

The size on disc remains (or grows up a bit) when doing the deletion process, when using the classic mbox format for mail storrage. After compacting the folders the size on disc should become smaller. This is absolutely normal and expected from a technical point of view.

AEC does not appear in the listing of ATN because of the still missing (more than 9 month now!) approval from an advanced Thunderbird/Add-on reviewer. There are about 24 (completely new) Add-ons in the review waiting line. This is a pity, but not my fault.


REPLY to authors REPLY

"Detach" does not delete the attachments, when the necessary option is not set to "Delete" the attachments. So "Detach" alone doesn't reduce the messages size. This is absolutely correct behaviour.

Thunderbird 68 provides (as a new feature) a link to deleted attachments in its standard functions. At the moment this is not possible by using the add-ons features. To get this working, some small code changes would be necessary in Thunderbird itself: https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1578801

Rated 5 out of 5 stars


This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.0.1). 

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Thank you very much for this most useful add-on

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.0b1). 

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Super, vielen Dank für die Weiterführung des Projektes auch wenn es - bis jetzt - noch etwas hakt. Aber auch so ist es eine irre Erleichterung der täglichen Arbeit, die Thunderbirdroutine mehrere Mails am Stück abarbeiten zu lassen.

Mein Wunsch für künftige Versionen, die Option, das Maildatum als Dateidatum setzen zu lassen. Irre ich mich oder gab es das beim Original oder habe ich es nur nicht gefunden?

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.0b1). 

Ich arbeite zur Zeit an der komplett überarbeiteten Version für Thunderbird 68 der bald erscheinen wird. Das genannte Feature würde jetzt noch als letztes auf meiner Liste stehen, bevor ich die neue Version dann endlich zur Veröffentlichung geben würde.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I works on 60.8 32 bit version. I've only used the save to a particular folder option but there are other options, such as a history of save folders. great!

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.0b1). 

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Works very great! The only working TB 60.* extractor for me!

I've searched for hours for a working extractor.

Only one other addon was close for my purposes, it is called "FiltaQuilla". But it saved empty, 0 length files for my 30-40 test mails.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.0b1). 

Development is in progress and should be really really working in upcoming Thunderbird 68:

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Had a bit of trouble getting it working, but once I did, it's wonderful. Many thanks to the dev for continuing this addon.
I also support strongly the other suggestion here to enable the date token format for file nameing to be yyyy dd mm so that files can be sorted chronologically.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.0b1). 

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Previous version ok

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.0b1). 

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

I was only able to find this addon because of a Reddit discussion. Unless I'm completely senile, a search on this site only returns the original "AttachmentExtractor."

ObBugReport: AEC doesn't seem to remove embedded images, files, etc yet.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.0b1).