4 Ways to Send Email Attachment from Linux Command Line

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11 Responses

  1. Gregory Guthrie says:

    Current Debian mail &mailx have no -A option, and the -a is for additional headers, not attachments.

    • Aaron Kili says:


      We will cross check this. Thanks for the heads up.

    • sedlav says:

      $ cat /etc/redhat-release
      CentOS Linux release 7.3.1611 (Core)

      $ man mailx

      MAILX(1) User Commands MAILX(1)

      mailx – send and receive Internet mail

      mailx [-BDdEFintv~] [-s subject] [-a attachment ] [-c cc-addr] [-b bcc-addr] [-r from-addr] [-h hops] [-A account] [-S variable[=value]] to-addr . . .
      mailx [-BDdeEHiInNRv~] [-T name] [-A account] [-S variable[=value]] -f [name]
      mailx [-BDdeEinNRv~] [-A account] [-S variable[=value]] [-u user]

      Mailx is an intelligent mail processing system, which has a command syntax reminiscent of ed(1) with lines replaced by messages…

      The following options are accepted:

      -A name
      Executes an account command (see below) for name after the startup files have been read.

      -a file
      Attach the given file to the message.

  2. Robert says:

    uuencode is an option I’ve used in the past.

  3. NotMe says:

    Yeah, that is nice, but could we have some shell stuff and some programmers sweets…

    • Aaron Kili says:


      I seem not to get what you mean here, but there is nothing more than the commands we can offer you. Simply try them out and in case of any errors, let us know. If this has not answered your question yet, try to get back and explain it in simple terms.

  4. sedlav says:

    I think 1 and 3 are the same due mail must be a soft link to mailx also you can use sendEmail (http://caspian.dotconf.net/menu/Software/SendEmail/):

    sendEmail -f [email protected]' -t [email protected]
    -u 'Hello' -m 'this is a test message'  -s smtp.lb.net -a attachment-file
  5. keithterrill says:

    On my Linux Mint 17.3 I already had “mail” installed. Attempting to follow the instructions this error occurs:

    $ Please install an MTA on this system if you want to use sendmail!

    It would be nice to have been informed about how to install an MTA, etc.

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