Mail_Mime::addAttachment() – add attachment


require_once 'Mail/mime.php';

boolean addAttachment ( string $file , string $c_type = 'application/octet-stream' , string $name = '' , boolean $isfile = true , string $encoding = 'base64' , string $disposition = 'attachment' , string $charset = '' , string $language = '' , string $location = '' , string $n_encoding = null , string $f_encoding = null , string $description = '' , string $h_charset = null )


Adds an attachment to a message.


  • string $file - The file name or the data itself

  • string $c_type - The content type of the image or file.

  • string $name - The suggested file name for the data. Only used, if $file contains data.

  • boolean $isfile - Whether $file is a file name or not.

  • string $encoding - Type of transfer encoding to use for the file data. Defaults is "base64". For text based files (eg. scripts/html etc.) this could be given as "quoted-printable".

  • string $disposition - The content-disposition of this file Defaults to attachment. Possible values: attachment, inline.

  • string $charset - The character set of attachment's content.

  • string $language - The language of the attachment

  • string $location - The RFC 2557.4 location of the attachment

  • string $n_encoding - Encoding of the attachment's name in Content-Type By default filenames are encoded using RFC2231 method Here you can set RFC2047 encoding (quoted-printable or base64) instead.

  • string $f_encoding - Encoding of the attachment's filename in Content-Disposition header.

  • string $description - Content-Description header.

  • string $h_charset - The character set of the headers e.g. filename If not specified, $charset will be used

Return value

boolean - Returns TRUE on success, PEAR_Error on failure.


Possible PEAR_Error values
Error code Error message Reason Solution
NULL "File is not readable file_name" The file was not found or the script has not enough rights to access the file. Check the file name and path. Check user and file permissions.
NULL "Could not open file_name" The file is already opened and exclusivly locked by another application. In the most cases a program opens the file for writing. addAttachment() does no file locking, so this problem is not caused by competitive callings of this function.


This function can not be called statically.

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Last updated: Sat, 16 Feb 2019 — Download Documentation
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User Notes:

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Does not seem to pass "data" into the function.
I'm assuming "data" needs to be a string.

$handle = fopen($val, r);
$tmpVal = fread($handle, filesize($val));

This doesn't appear to work.
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while using addAttachment(), it does not encrypt the attache data.
i have provided the whole content of the attache file.
please do let me know how to resolve it.