1/4/2014 - 1:06 AM

markdown-to-email A simple script to send beautifully formatted emails that you write in Markdown. The email will have an HTML payload an


A simple script to send beautifully formatted emails that you write in Markdown. The email will have an HTML payload and a plain-text alternative, so you'll make everyone happy, including yourself.

#!/usr/bin/env python

Send an multipart email with HTML and plain text alternatives. The message
should be constructed as a plain-text file of the following format:
    From: Your Name <your@email.com>
    To: Recipient One <recipient@to.com>
    Subject: Your subject line
    Markdown content here

The script accepts content from stdin and, by default, prints the raw
generated email content to stdout.

Preview your message on OS X by invoking the script with `-p` or 
`--preview`, and it will open in your default mail client.

To send the message, invoke with `-s` or `--send`. You must have a
JSON file in your home directory named `.markdown-to-email.json`
with the following keys:

        "username": "smtp-username", 
        "smtp": "smtp.gmail.com:587", 
        "password": "your-password" 


import os
import sys
import json
import argparse
import smtplib
import subprocess

from email.mime.multipart import MIMEMultipart
from email.mime.text import MIMEText

    import pygments
    import markdown
except ImportError:
    print 'This script requires pygements and markdown to be installed.'
    print 'Please:'
    print '   pip install pygments markdown'

# define arguments
parser = argparse.ArgumentParser(description='Format and send markdown-based emails.',
parser.add_argument('-p', '--preview', action='store_true', 
                    help='Preview the email in Apple Mail.')
parser.add_argument('-s', '--send', action='store_true', 
                    help='Send the email using your configuration.')
args = parser.parse_args()

# read in raw message content
raw_content = sys.stdin.read()

# split out the headers from the markdown message body
header_content, markdown_content = raw_content.split('--', 1)

# render the markdown into HTML 
css = subprocess.check_output(['pygmentize', '-S', 'default', '-f', 'html'])
markdown_content = markdown_content.strip()
html_content = markdown.markdown(markdown_content, ['extra', 'codehilite'])
html_content = '<style type="text/css">'+css+'</style>'+html_content

# create a multipart email message
message = MIMEMultipart('alternative')

# parse the headers
headers = {}
for line in header_content.strip().split('\n'):
    if not line.strip(): continue
    key, value = line.split(':', 1)
    headers[key.strip()] = value.strip()

# set the headers
message['To'] = headers.get('To', '')
message['From'] = headers.get('From', '')
message['Subject'] = headers.get('Subject', 'No subject')

# attach the message parts
message.attach(MIMEText(markdown_content, 'plain'))
message.attach(MIMEText(html_content, 'html'))

if args.send:
    to = message['To'].split(', ')
    with open(os.path.expanduser('~/.markdown-to-email.json'), 'rb') as f:
        config = json.loads(f.read())
        server = smtplib.SMTP(config['smtp'])
        server.login(config['username'], config['password'])
        server.sendmail(message['From'], to, message.as_string())
elif args.preview:
    open('/tmp/preview.eml', 'w').write(message.as_string())
    os.system('open -a Mail /tmp/preview.eml')
    print message.as_string()