Email Attachments

This extractor allows you to import data from email attachments to Keboola. It extracts data from systems generating exports only as CSV files attached to an email. It can also be used instead of repeated manual imports of CSV files.

Tables only get imported with the extractor running. The import is not triggered by an email being sent or received. When running, the extractor imports all emails received since its previous run. Therefore, it is a good idea to set up the extractor in a scheduled orchestration.

Configuration

Create a new configuration of the Email Attachments extractor. Each configuration corresponds to a single target email address. If you need to import emails into different tables, it is advisable to create more configurations. An email address for sending attachments will be generated when the configuration is created. Use it to send files with the extension .csv.

Screenshot - Configuration

If needed, specify the primary key and CSV options under Import Settings.

Test Email Import

Send an email with a data attachment to the generated email address. Use the following sample table:

date new lost total
2016-03-29 8 5 256
2016-03-30 9 1 264
2016-03-31 15 3 276

With the email message content being completely arbitrary, all that matters are the attached files. The following conditions must be met:

  • Each email must contain only one attachment.
  • The attachment must be a CSV file.
  • The attachment must always adhere to the format specified in Import Settings.

Click Run and confirm.

If the extraction is successful, you will be able to check the processed data in the imported table by clicking on the link. There may be a delay between the time the email is sent, received, and picked up by the extractor.

Screenshot - Job Detail

Note: When multiple valid emails are received between the extractor runs, they are imported into separate tables (data1dataN). If this is not desired, time the sending of the emails and configure the extractor orchestration to make sure only one email is processed at a time.