Ricardo SIGNES 😄
and 2 contributors


Email::MIME::ContentType - Parse a MIME Content-Type Header


version 1.017


  use Email::MIME::ContentType;

  # Content-Type: text/plain; charset="us-ascii"; format=flowed
  my $ct = 'text/plain; charset="us-ascii"; format=flowed';
  my $data = parse_content_type($ct);

  $data = {
    type       => "text",
    subtype    => "plain",
    attributes => {
      charset => "us-ascii",
      format  => "flowed"



This routine is exported by default.

This routine parses email content type headers according to section 5.1 of RFC 2045. It returns a hash as above, with entries for the type, the subtype, and a hash of attributes.

For backward compatibility with a really unfortunate misunderstanding of RFC 2045 by the early implementors of this module, discrete and composite are also present in the returned hashref, with the values of type and subtype respectively.


This is not a valid content-type header, according to both RFC 1521 and RFC 2045:

  Content-Type: type/subtype;

If a semicolon appears, a parameter must. parse_content_type will carp if it encounters a header of this type, but you can suppress this by setting $Email::MIME::ContentType::STRICT_PARAMS to a false value. Please consider localizing this assignment!


  • Simon Cozens <simon@cpan.org>

  • Casey West <casey@geeknest.com>

  • Ricardo SIGNES <rjbs@cpan.org>


This software is copyright (c) 2004 by Simon Cozens.

This is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as the Perl 5 programming language system itself.