I can send email from my gmail account by ssmtp in Linux now. But how can I attach files to the email?


To send an attachment, you need to encode the message using MIME.

You could use Mutt


or mpack


See also:

  • Thanks. So is that to say that it is NOT possible to send an attachment by ssmtp alone? – deepsky Jul 26 '12 at 15:26
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    It's possible, but you'd have to generate all the MIME headers somehow. Why do you need to only use ssmtp? If ssmtp provides /usr/lib/sendmail or /usr/sbin/sendmail, any local mail program should be able to send via ssmtp. – Mikel Jul 26 '12 at 15:34
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    @deepsky ssmtp is not a user interface. It's an MTA (mail transport agent), which is infrastructure meant to be accessed via an MUA (mail user agent, also known as a "mailreader"). It's sort of impressive that you were able to wrangle ssmtp by yourself without an MUA, but it's not a reasonable method of doing things. It's a good network-debugging skill you've learned though! – Alan Curry Jul 27 '12 at 4:47
echo -e "to: receiver@domain.tld\nsubject: subject\n"| (cat - && uuencode /path/to/attachment attachment.name) | ssmtp receiver@gmail.com

This solution does not depend on mutt.

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    How is this getting a negative vote? it solves the problem. – metrix Sep 16 '13 at 14:43
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    By the way, SSMTP is used by many people to send automated E-mails through Gmail: nixtutor.com/linux/send-mail-with-gmail-and-ssmtp – metrix Sep 16 '13 at 15:23
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    I know this answer came in over a year after the question was asked, but this is the answer to the question. Works great, thanks. – RTF Aug 1 '14 at 19:18
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    4 years later, July 2017 - This is the answer I was looking for. Thank you, @metrix! – SDsolar Jul 21 '17 at 5:09
  • missing uuencode command – Pavel Niedoba Aug 28 '17 at 15:08
$ echo -e "to: receiver@domain.tld\nsubject: test\n"| (cat - && uuencode /path/to/file file.name) | ssmtp sender@gmail.com

Provided that SSMTP is configured, and you've verified that messages without attachments are reaching their destination and does not depend on mutt.

  • I don't think this answers the original question. – slm Sep 2 '13 at 3:10
 $ sudo apt-get install uudeview
 $ echo -e "From: myaddress@mydomain.com\nTo: youraddress@yourdomain.com\nSubject: mySubject\n\nBody-Text"|uuenview -a -bo MyAttachment|sendmail -t

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