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#1 2018-05-21 09:00:54 am

Registered: 2011-09-04
Posts: 3

Path to attachment folder


Is it possible to retrieve the path to the attachments folder? I want to set a variable to a path to any file attachment that comes in an email. I know can set the variable to the attachment, move it and then get the path to its new location, but can I get the path of its original location?

Like this:
set temp to alias "Macintosh Downloads:0E1C8C1A-EF37-4634-8B2A-A1D7430925DA:somefile.pdf"

and do this for any file in an email message?


Filed under: Attachments



#2 2018-06-07 11:33:17 am

From:: BFE, Massachusetts
Registered: 2013-01-13
Posts: 376

Re: Path to attachment folder

Not the most elegant thing in the world.

The Message ID, which is retrievable from Applescript, is stored in the Spotlight-accessible "Where From" field of the attachment.

This is working for me, and the run time is only < 0.02 seconds, and I have about 10 GB of mail.


tell application "Mail" to set messageID to the message id of item 1 of (get selection)
set attachmentsPath to quoted form of ((POSIX path of (path to library folder from user domain)) & "Containers/ Downloads/")
set theAttachmentPaths to paragraphs of (do shell script "mdfind -onlyin " & attachmentsPath & " \"kMDItemWhereFroms == '*" & messageID & "*'\"")
set allAttachmentPaths to {}
repeat with aPath in theAttachmentPaths
   tell application "Finder" to set attachmentFolder to the parent of ((POSIX file (contents of aPath)) as alias)
   copy attachmentFolder to end of allAttachmentPaths
end repeat

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#3 2018-06-10 02:15:40 am

Registered: 2011-09-04
Posts: 3

Re: Path to attachment folder

Thank you! I will give it a try!



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