Parsing Body of Mail Message Rated 3 out of 5 stars

I agree with delicacy that it would be very nice to have this add-on maintained, and I appreciate the links to the 1.3beta version. I see a number of requests 'out there' asking for some way to take particular actions based on the content of incoming mail messags. Filtaquilla does this to some extent, but if the action if dependent upon the actual content of the body of the message, it is not obvious how to do it.

A work-around which will allow using whatever external package one might want to use for the actual (regex) searching is to use the 'run file' of Filtaquilla. This will run an executable of one's choice, passing to it the messages subject as arg[1] and the message-id as arg[2]. As an example, the following bash script (the target of the 'fun file' action) will extract the block bewteen the message-id and the next "^From -":


# filtaquilla passes 2 args:
# subject is $1; message id is $2


INBOX={path to your profile's}/INBOX

LOGFILE={wherever you wish to put it}

# truncate output file
echo "" > $LOGFILE

# write all lines from $MSGID to "^From "
sed -n '/'"$MSGID"'/,/^From /p' $INBOX >> $LOGFILE

Now, one could pipe the output to sed, awk, or whatever to process further (I'm looking at the automatic messages I get from NAS4FREE to process for disk issues) and take whatever action is needed.

I haven't yet checked to see if Filtaquilla spawns or execs the 'run file', so I can't yet speak for how subsequent actions might behave. It doesn't appear possible to use any sort of return from the 'run file' to affect them, though, so, for example, to send another email (a disk alert in my case) by email will probably have to be done from within the script.

[I'm using a linux system, but I think the same thing could be done on windoze using, say, cygwin.]

Filtaquilla preview of v1.3 / Updates needed.. Rated 3 out of 5 stars

Has lacked updates since years, this application has been ignored by its author since a while & requests sent on his site are ignored year after year.

Here's the pre-release version of version 1.3:

This addon is still missing 2 options:

"My email isn't included" (for the To field..)

& the major missing regex option:
"body" .... .

Filtering in the body using regex allows the creation of combined filtered words where "i" or "you" can be used making sure anything can be present before or after "i" besides alphabet .. .

because if people use "i " & there's a word finishing with the less "i" in the body, a false positive will be considered

in a rule where "i" isn't present .. .

& this is a stupid limitation of all email clients that's never been fixed by an update.

i could use " i "

but if my word " i " is in the body but
is at the start of the body, it will be
considered as a false positive by tb,
because there's no space before " i "

so we either need a regex for the body,
or "exclusively contains" option in tb's filters. that excludes all letters of the alphabet before or after a string.

using exclusively contains for "i",
this should be positive ",i " .. .

I like it! Rated 5 out of 5 stars

This is a great addon to Thunderbird.

If there is one extra function I would like is to be able to automatically print attachments. This is because alot of invoices are sent as PDF attachments, would be great if the rule sent them straight to the printer.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Extremely useful tool, works as advertised. A must have for anyone aiming for higher levels of automation.

Not supporting multi-byte characters Rated 4 out of 5 stars

As the title, while I'm trying to parse subject/author/etc to command-line, it produced one byte from each single character... this resulted in unrecognizable string.

Maybe a useful extension, but no information on how to use it available ... Rated 1 out of 5 stars

Could be a useful extension if the regex filter syntax would be known. Doesn't have any information, examples or else available to learn how to use it.
The home site isn't available for now.


The home site IS available, with documentation, as can be found from links here or a simple Google search. I have no idea what is going on with this reviewer.

Nützlich und gut! Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Nützlich und gut!


Incomplete Rated 3 out of 5 stars

A very useful addon, which core element is missing imho -> regular expressions filter capabilities for matching in a message body
if you only need regex everywhere else and like nice to have features this addon is what your looking for

My favorite for notifications on Linux Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Great filtering capabilities, simple yet essential for notifications, by calling the executable of my choice. I wish it could also run for chat messages !

Great for Growl... Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Great Extension. I wanted to add Growl notifications for specific emails,After some searching, I ended up using 'FiltaQuilla' to filter and launch GrowlNotify for specific emails. (

Only issue I have is that I cant pass any customDBHeaters to GrowlNotify for some reason.

A really brilliant extension. Rated 5 out of 5 stars

A really brilliant extension. I think it shows great insight from the author.
It's a big shame it doesn't work with Postbox yet. Hopefully he can fix it sometime :-)

Rated 1 out of 5 stars

Update to my last post, after nearly 3 weeks, my posts at the author's site are still not approved, and obviously haven't been answered by the author.

I think therefore there is little possibility of ANY support from the author.

If it works for you, fine, if not, you're probably best of uninstalling it rather than expecting to resolve your problem with the help of the author or his site.

This user has 2 previous reviews of this add-on.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

This extension adds a tremendous amount of power to Thunderbird's filtering capabilities. I especially love the fact that I can suppress the new mail notification icon for selected filters. What this means is that I can suppress that alert icon on all the automated emails alerts I get for various reasons, while still getting alerts for other emails that might need my immediate attention.

This extension helps bring sanity to my inbox.

Possible extension? Rated 5 out of 5 stars

This appears to be great software. However, I have added Mail Redirect ( to my add ons, and would like to be able to create a filter using the Redirect command it adds to the Message menu. That is not, apparently, an allowed filter in 7.0.1.

Is it possible to add that to FiltaQuilla?

Folder name-filter does not work Rated 2 out of 5 stars

Unfortunately it does not work for the reason why I use it: to have the filter applied to message with set folder name. for example let it tagged "x" if message is greater then 1000kb and in folder name "y".

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Great! This makes TB much more powerful and effective. Love it.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

It's simply fantastic!
Now, every filter is possible.

We're back in business!!! Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Thanx for your hard efforts and precious time spent on making this work in the latest nightlies. I really, really appreciate it. I confirm that it works fine up to latest 7.0 alphas too!

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.1.0).  This user has a previous review of this add-on.

Can delete a message automatically without sending it to the trash Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I was looking for this functionality (as a filter action) and found no other extension that can do it. However, it's not trivial even with this one. I post my solution here, maybe someone need it, too. I had to use a JavaScript action, with the following script:
/* delete skip trash */
let hdr = msgHdrs.queryElementAt(0, Ci.nsIMsgDBHdr);
hdr.folder.deleteMessages(msgHdrs, msgWindow, true, false, null, false);
Maybe I should have posted it to FiltaQuilla's forum, but if someone looks for an extension with this functionality, won't get to that forum.
This JavaScript-action feature makes this add-on really powerful. Even if you don't have knowledge of JavaScript and Mozilla components, you can go to FiltaQuilla's forum and ask for help! This makes this add-on even greater.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.1.0). 

can even detach attachments to correct folder Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Great. Especially the ability to detach attachments to a individually specified folders on the harddisk is a big helper.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.1.0).