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Old 25 May 2022, 02:21 AM   #1
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Is There A Way To Add An External Image To A Rich-Text Email?

I want to send an email with an embedded image that is hosted on my server. But if I add:

HTML Code:
<img src=http://mydomain.com/grin.jpg>
the code is displayed in the email rather than the jpg file.
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Old 25 May 2022, 03:37 AM   #2
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That does not appear to be possible with the current Fastmail web user interface.
  • In Rich Text mode you can use the user interface button to insert the actual image into the email.
  • In Rich Text mode you can instead insert a link to the image. The link (but not the image itself) will be shown when the email is read.
  • But you can't add a remotely served image as you described. There is no way to edit the raw HTML content, which would allow you to do this.
  • Remotely served images allow "web bugs", which allow the sender of an email to see if someone is reading their message. Fastmail can block these when receiving emails, and it appears they block you from generating them.
Of course, you can use a conventional email client sending through your Fastmail account SMTP server and use a client which allows you to edit the raw HTML content of the message.

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Old 25 May 2022, 06:05 PM   #3
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Yes, I suspected the limitation was added to prevent web bugs.

thnx...
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Old 25 May 2022, 07:43 PM   #4
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You can create the chunk of the email using any html editor, then paste it into the email.
Also, most browsers nowadays allow you to right click any element in the page, and then edit the html. so you can right click the text of the email in the compose screen, select the proper action (usually "inspect"), select the node containing the email text or the relevant part of the test, select "edit html" and just enter whatever code you want there, such as an img tag.

But then, many email viewers will hide the image by default, so your recipients might not see it if they don't manually allow their client to download and show the image.
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Old 1 Jun 2022, 10:08 PM   #5
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Can an image file be added to a signature file so that it will automatically appear when you send an email? Or do you have to upload the image file each time?
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Old 2 Jun 2022, 05:00 AM   #6
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Can an image file be added to a signature file so that it will automatically appear when you send an email? Or do you have to upload the image file each time?
In an html signature yoe can probably include an image as an image URI. I don't know if all email clients would be able to show it. Webmail clients should. An image can be converted to an image URI using free tools like this one.
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Old 2 Jun 2022, 08:34 AM   #7
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In an html signature yoe can probably include an image as an image URI. I don't know if all email clients would be able to show it. Webmail clients should. An image can be converted to an image URI using free tools like this one.
It is a long time since I tried this, but years ago this did not work. URIs were regarded as a security risk, and a "defang" procedure removed them from the signature.
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Old 2 Jun 2022, 10:47 AM   #8
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In an html signature yoe can probably include an image as an image URI. I don't know if all email clients would be able to show it. Webmail clients should. An image can be converted to an image URI using free tools like this one.
Yes you can do this.
FM signatures help page also describes this
https://www.fastmail.help/hc/en-us/a...te-a-signature

I use images which I store in a FM Files folder.
I assign links to the images and use these links when I insert and image into the signature.
You can then put external links onto these images.
Eg you can place a twitter symbol in a folder and load that image in your signature, and then place your twitter handle link on that image.

Quick update;
When such an email is received, email clients like Outlook will give an option to download the inserted images in an email.

Last edited by gardenweed : 2 Jun 2022 at 10:50 AM. Reason: More info added
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