Mail Attachment Downloader, Download Email Attachments Under Windows

Martin Brinkmann
May 2, 2011
Updated • Jan 10, 2015
Email, Windows software

A few scenarios come to mind in which you may want to download all email attachments from a particular mail account, or select ones as an alternative.

This may be helpful to stay under web mail storage limits for instance, or to re-download an attachment that you cannot find anymore on your local PC.

This guide shows you how to download email attachments selectively or in bulk from popular web email providers such as Yahoo Mail, Gmail or Hotmail.

GearMage's Mail Attachment Downloader is a free software for Windows that is used in this guide.

You can download the software from the developer website free of charge. The program supports AOL, Windows Live Hotmail, Gmail and Yahoo Mail Plus out of the box, and offers configuration options for other email services that allow POP3 or IMAP connections.

All emails and files on the server will be left untouched as the developers have configured the program to read only. This is reassuring as it keeps the original emails and attachments as backup on the mail server. This does mean however that you need to delete attachments on the server manually if you need to free up storage space.

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It starts with the configuration of an email account that you want to download email attachments from. Mail Attachment Downloader saves previously configured accounts, which can be helpful if you download attachments regularly. You need to make sure on the other hand that no unauthorized user gets access to the program, especially so if you save the mail password during configuration.

You can click on connect and download right away to establish a connection with the pop3 or imap mail server, or configure settings in the various tabs of the application window.

A log is generated on every connect, which can provide information on errors. It is a good starting point if you encounter connection or mail server authorization errors.

Basic and advanced filters are available to display and download only specific attachments. The available options include:

  • Download only attachments with a size greater than
  • Check only new messages or all messages
  • Download only specific file types, for instance movies, documents, pictures or custom file types.
  • Download attachments that have been received in a specific period of time, option to configure start and end dates individually
  • Filter messages by sender, subject or body

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You can furthermore run scheduled regular downloads of attachments, for instance hourly or daily, which opens up interesting email backup options.

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Mail Attachment Downloader is a handy tool for users who want to download specific or all email attachments from their email accounts. The program is compatible with all versions of the Microsoft Windows operating system from Windows XP on.

Alternatives are available. Thunderbird users can install the add-on Attachment Extractor, Outlook users the Microsoft Outlook Attachment Extractor or Outlook Attachment Remover Add-in. Both tools have the advantage that they work on the local system with already downloaded emails, which means that they do not have to be configured to work with specific mail accounts and email providers first.

Note: A pro version is provided that offers additional features and can be used in commercial environments. Among the many features that it adds is support for Microsoft Exchange IMAP and better filtering and customization options. In addition, it supports multiple accounts which the free version does not.

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  1. Don said on July 15, 2019 at 5:19 pm

    I tried this with a hosted Gmail account. After connecting to gmail and just specifying search criteria (not even creating a formal filter) I identified the set of emails I needed. I found this app, and installed it. When I opened it up, it already had my gmail account information pre-populated, the active filter for gmail coded into the app. All I had to do was make sure the download folder was correct and click the start button. After a short wait for the free version, went to work. Easy and flawless. An excellent program to deal with this type of task.

  2. Jourlan Quilaton said on March 7, 2016 at 11:31 am

    2016-03-07 18:03:20,468 [3] WARN MailAttachmentDownloader.BaseTools.Base [(null)] – GetBody: Unknown content transfer encoding: UUENCODE, assuming 7BIT.

    and cant open pdf file it says unsupported or corrupted file.

  3. Johnny Ralone said on July 10, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    July 10, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    The Public Library was unable to attach a resume at its destination for my job
    online. I tried ghacks in order to make a difference. I have no comment for right now until I realize that my attachment has checked out.

  4. Matt said on May 21, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    Takes a while to process 26,000 e-mails – as expected – but it does the trick. AND the best thing about this program is that it doesn’t have any of the glitches that the Attachment Extractor extension has for Thunderbird. This is FAR superior.

    Set it and walk away…

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