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9.21: How do I use MIME to make an attachment to a mail message?

This answer is extracted directly from the "MIME::Lite" documentation.
Create a multipart message (i.e., one with attachments).

use MIME::Lite;

### Create a new multipart message:
$msg = MIME::Lite->new(
From =>'me(a)',
To =>'you(a)',
Cc =>'some(a), some(a)',
Subject =>'A message with 2 parts...',
Type =>'multipart/mixed'

### Add parts (each "attach" has same arguments as "new"):
$msg->attach(Type =>'TEXT',
Data =>"Here's the GIF file you wanted"
$msg->attach(Type =>'image/gif',
Path =>'aaa000123.gif',
Filename =>'logo.gif'

$text = $msg->as_string;

"MIME::Lite" also includes a method for sending these things.


This defaults to using sendmail but can be customized to use SMTP via


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