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Oracle e-mail attachment tips

Oracle Tips by Burleson Consulting

November 18, 2011

Question:  I am using the Oracle utl_mail utility to send e-mail from Oracle, but now I want to be able to include an attachment to the e-mail.  How can I send an e-mail attachment?  Is there a difference between attaching a text file and attaching a PDF to an Oracle e-mail?

Answer:  There are several ways to send an attachment for an Oracle e-mail.  First, see my notes on create_ a PDF file from Oracle PL/SQL. The PDF can become an e-mail attachment in several ways.

- This is an alleged working example of using utl_smtp.write_raw_data to attach a PDF to an e-mail

- See this forum discussion on attaching a PDF to an Oracle e-mail

- You can see my notes on how to generate an e-mail from Oracle using PL/SQL 

- The utl_smtp utility allows attachments, see my notes on e-mail using utl_smtp

- You can also send an e-mail with an attachment if you have Oracle BI Publisher

- You can also attach a PDF using the Excel-DB tool.

There is a free PL/SQL library for generating PDFs from Oracle, called PL_FPDF.

For information on storing a PDF as a BFILE or within a BLOB column of a table, check here.

Here is an example of using using utl_smtp.write_raw_data to set an attachment to a file as an Oracle BLOB datatype:

procedure send_blob (
      p_sender varchar2,
      p_recipient varchar2,
      p_subject varchar2,
      p_filename varchar2,
      p_blob blob) is     

    c utl_smtp.connection;
    v_raw raw(57);
    v_length integer := 0;
    v_buffer_size integer := 57;
    v_offset integer := 1;     


    common(p_sender, p_recipient, p_subject, c);     

    utl_smtp.write_data( c, 'Content-Disposition: attachment; filename="' || p_filename || '"' || utl_tcp.crlf);
    utl_smtp.write_data( c, 'Content-Transfer-Encoding: base64' || utl_tcp.crlf );
    utl_smtp.write_data( c, utl_tcp.crlf );     

    v_length := dbms_lob.getlength(p_blob);     

    while v_offset < v_length loop p_blob, v_buffer_size, v_offset, v_raw );
      utl_smtp.write_raw_data( c, utl_encode.base64_encode(v_raw) );
      utl_smtp.write_data( c, utl_tcp.crlf );
      v_offset := v_offset + v_buffer_size;
    end loop while_loop;     

    utl_smtp.write_data( c, utl_tcp.crlf );
    utl_smtp.close_data( c );
    utl_smtp.quit( c );     

    when utl_smtp.transient_error or utl_smtp.permanent_error then
      utl_smtp.quit( c );
    when others then
  end send_blob;
* Here is another example of sending an Oracle e-mail with an attachment
  PROCEDURE begin_attachment(conn         IN OUT NOCOPY utl_smtp.connection,
			     mime_type    IN VARCHAR2 DEFAULT 'text/plain',
			     inline       IN BOOLEAN  DEFAULT TRUE,
			     filename     IN VARCHAR2 DEFAULT NULL,
			     transfer_enc IN VARCHAR2 DEFAULT NULL) IS
    write_mime_header(conn, 'Content-Type', mime_type);

    IF (filename IS NOT NULL) THEN
       IF (inline) THEN
	  write_mime_header(conn, 'Content-Disposition',
	    'inline; filename="'||filename||'"');
	  write_mime_header(conn, 'Content-Disposition',
	    'attachment; filename="'||filename||'"');
       END IF;
    END IF;

    IF (transfer_enc IS NOT NULL) THEN
      write_mime_header(conn, 'Content-Transfer-Encoding', transfer_enc);
    END IF;
    utl_smtp.write_data(conn, utl_tcp.CRLF);

  PROCEDURE end_attachment(conn IN OUT NOCOPY utl_smtp.connection,
    utl_smtp.write_data(conn, utl_tcp.CRLF);
    IF (last) THEN
      write_boundary(conn, last);
    END IF;

PROCEDURE begin_mail_in_session(conn       IN OUT NOCOPY utl_smtp.connection,
				  sender     IN VARCHAR2,
				  recipients IN VARCHAR2,
				  subject    IN VARCHAR2,
				  mime_type  IN VARCHAR2  DEFAULT 'text/plain',
    my_recipients VARCHAR2(32767) := recipients;
    my_sender     VARCHAR2(32767) := sender;

    -- Specify sender's address (our server allows bogus address
    -- as long as it is a full email address (
    utl_smtp.mail(conn, get_address(my_sender));

    -- Specify recipient(s) of the email.
    WHILE (my_recipients IS NOT NULL) LOOP
      utl_smtp.rcpt(conn, get_address(my_recipients));

    -- Start body of email

    -- Set "From" MIME header
    write_mime_header(conn, 'From', sender);

    -- Set "To" MIME header
    write_mime_header(conn, 'To', recipients);

    -- Set "Subject" MIME header
    write_mime_header(conn, 'Subject', subject);

    -- Set "Content-Type" MIME header
    write_mime_header(conn, 'Content-Type', mime_type);

    -- Set "X-Mailer" MIME header
    write_mime_header(conn, 'X-Mailer', MAILER_ID);

    -- Set priority:
    --   High      Normal       Low
    --   1     2     3     4     5
    IF (priority IS NOT NULL) THEN
      write_mime_header(conn, 'X-Priority', priority);
    END IF;

    -- Send an empty line to denotes end of MIME headers and
    -- beginning of message body.
    utl_smtp.write_data(conn, utl_tcp.CRLF);

    IF (mime_type LIKE 'multipart/mixed%') THEN
      write_text(conn, 'This is a multi-part message in MIME format.' ||
    END IF;



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