Extract attachment, delete it from the mail and replace with link to the file - like it used to be in AE original?

    • Thunderbird-Version: 68.2.1
    • Win 10 Pro
    • AE cont: 2.0.2


    it is so great that you took up AE again, this is wonderful.

    For my use it would be critical to have the possibility to keep a link to the detached/deleted attachment in the mail. That way, we could reduce the size of mailboxes dramatically and still be able to open attachments from the mail. The old attachment extractor had it this way. Would it be possible to have this option again?

    Or am I missing something in the settings and it is still possible to detach/delete attachments from the mail while keeping a link to the folder and attachment file?

    Thx and greetings


  • AFAIK, this was implemented in the "own" routines from the original addon. These routines have been removed because of incompatiblity. Thunderbird 68 has implemented in itself the requested / missing feature for deleted attachments from single messages only. To get this working, when deleting attachments with AEC from multiple messages I need a litle code change in Thunderbird itself:


  • Understand, still a pity. From the other communications here I get that it is not very likely that this code change would come anywhere soon?

    Is there something we could do to make this happen? Suggest it somewhere or support an ongoing request?

  • Is there something we could do to make this happen? Suggest it somewhere or support an ongoing request?

    Best solution would be to integrate mass detachment in Thunderbird itself. Probably this is necessary for Thunderbird 78+ because of reduced addon possibilities with Web-/MailExtensions: https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=92146

    To get it working in Thunderbird 68 with the AEC addon, we need the code patch: https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1578801

    To get it working in Thunderbird 78+ with an addon we need a API: https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1522828

    I'm not a software engineer, so I can't provide the relevant code / patches. The best solution would be to provide a complete code patch to integrate the basic functions in Thunderbird 68+ / 78+ itself.